We are excited to have you as a patient here at Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry. We are committed to providing you with a smile that you can be proud of and show off with confidence for a lifetime. One of the questions we receive here in our office is whether dental implants are the right choice. Of course, this will depend on each patient and there is no one-size-fits-all. To help you better understand whether dental implants are right for you or how much they cost, we have created this FAQ section. Dr. Cho has taken the time to present you with some common questions and answers to ensure you better understand what dental implants are and if they are for you. If you would like to learn more about dental implants or if you do not see the answer to your questions, do not hesitate to call Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry today.
Are dental implants right for you?
Let’s take a moment to look at three important questions that can help you better determine if dental implants are the right choice for you.
Dental implant placement is considered to be routine in nature and patients who do not need to have any additional procedures in conjunction with the implant procedure will experience minimal to no discomfort or swelling. Patients are able to return to their normal work and personal life immediately.
1) Do you want a smile that you are proud to show off?
Dental implants that are placed in your mouth by an implant specialist can provide you with the confidence you need to smile without worry in public. Implants that are placed correctly do not move around or shift in place. Unfortunately, other tooth replacement options can move around, and they do not provide you with as much stability as you want.
2) Do you want a smile that looks and feels natural?
Dental implants provide a smile that looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth. Other tooth replacement options can limit your ability to smile, speak, and eat.
3) Do you want a hassle-free smile?
Dental implants are a wonderful choice because they allow you to eat and enjoy the foods that you love. You will find that you can bite naturally and that you can brush your teeth as naturally as possible too. Other options need to be removed from your mouth to be cleaned such as dentures and they can limit the types of foods you can eat.
If you answered yes to one or all the questions, then dental implants may be the best choice for you. We invite you to come talk to Dr. Cho in our La Habra office today.
How much will dental implants cost me to have done?
This is one of those questions where we cannot provide you with a definitive answer. The reason behind that is because dental implants vary in cost and there are no two patients who will pay the exact same amount because no two patients will receive the exact same procedure. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants are custom fit to your mouth and they provide you with the most natural smile.
With that in mind, dental implants have a cost that is quite favorable to other tooth replacement options. Since your dental implants are customized for a unique fit, they are a lifetime option and they are worth the investment for patients who want them.
It is possible that you will find other tooth replacement options that have a low upfront cost and these options may be more lucrative to you at the time. You must take a moment to step back and think about the whole picture though. While dental implants do have a higher upfront cost, they last you a lifetime. Yes, dentures are cheaper upfront, but you have the long-term maintenance of them too. By the time you end up caring for your dentures over your lifetime, you will have paid about the same amount, if not more, than the cost of dental implants.
One thing you do want to watch out for is companies that say they can provide you with dental implants for cheap or a low cost. These implants are likely to fail on you or the individual placing them is not qualified to do so. Remember, if it is too good to be true, it is.
The average cost of a single dental implant varies from $3,000 to $4,500. Try not to let the number scare you though as there are options for discounts and Dr. Cho may be able to work with you on the price too. It is important that you call Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry and setup an appointment to discuss your options and to receive the best possible price.
If anyone can provide you with a quote for dental implants BEFORE they see your mouth or teeth, be wary of them. It is impossible to give an accurate quote without knowing your dental history and the status of your oral health. When you come into our La Habra office, you will meet with Dr. Cho who will provide you with a comprehensive assessment of your teeth. You will also receive a full analysis and breakdown of the cost and amount of time the dental implant procedure will take.
You should ALWAYS work with a dental implant specialist and to find out if you are working with a professional, do not hesitate to ask questions. Any experienced and credible dentist will welcome the questions and be happy that you are asking in the first place.
If you would like to schedule a dental implant consultation in our La Habra office, call Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry today.
Who should perform my dental implant procedure?
It is crucial that you ONLY work with a dental implant expert such as Dr. Cho. It takes a lot of time, patience, and learning to know how to properly place implants. You need to look for a dentist who is skilled and experienced or you may experience injury or implant failure. Dr. Cho has all the credentials needed to place your implants correctly. Call Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry to learn more.
Will insurance cover my dental implant procedure?
The answer really depends. Many dental insurance companies are starting to cover the cost of dental implants but many still do not. If you find that your insurance does not cover the procedure, you can ask them if they will provide you with an allowance that is equal to the cost of dentures or even a dental bridge. At Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry, we offer several different payment options, payment plans, and discounts to help you afford the treatment you need. We will gladly work with you and your insurance company to determine how much of your procedure is covered.
Do dental implants hurt?
You may experience some slight swelling or bruising once the procedure is completed. It would also be normal to experience some slight discomfort but not pain. Most patients report that they felt much better than expected after the procedure was completed.
Patients can return to their daily and social life after the procedure and at most, only need one day to recover.
How long will the procedure take to complete?
It depends. There is no one answer that we can provide you with, but, when you come into our La Habra office for a consultation, Dr. Cho will provide you with a complete treatment plan that details the estimated time of completion and the cost of the procedure. Your treatment time will also depend on other factors such as whether you need additional restorations and the overall health of your current teeth.
To ensure you receive a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime, you will need to visit us in our La Habra office multiple times throughout the process. The amount of time from start to finish can be as little as a couple of months or as much as a year. Patients who do have the procedure performed can return to their normal life within a day of each visit, which makes dental implants extremely convenient too.
Can I receive temporary teeth while my crowns are being made?
Yes. It is possible for you to receive temporary teeth while the crowns are being made. It is important that you speak with Dr. Cho about this as he can help determine what the best course of action is. If you would like to discuss temporary teeth, call Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry today.
What types of risks are associated with dental implants?
Dental implants have been proven to be effective and safe. In fact, they are one of the most predictable procedures in the dental industry and do not present with major problems in most cases. There are complications that can arise, but they are not considered standard.
Some of the risks that may be experienced include nerve damage, infection, implant failure, inability to place implants due to bone loss, tingling or numbness, and fractures. The most at-risk group are smokers.
If you are worried about any of these risks, talk to Dr. Cho today or schedule an appointment in our La Habra office by calling Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry.