Here at Paul L. Caputo DDS, we believe that patients should educate themselves about dental implants before they choose this popular tooth replacement treatment. Here is a list of the commonly asked dental implants questions and the answers our patients need to help them decide what the best option is for their needs, health, and budget.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement with an artificial tooth root that is implanted directly into the jawbone. This means they are strong, durable, and can restore both bite function and smile confidence.
Dental implants are the most recommended tooth replacement procedure and have an overall success rate of nearly 95%. Most patients are delighted with the results and wonder why they didn’t get dental implants sooner!
No, there are no age restrictions for dental implants. Patients need to have healthy gum tissues and a sufficiently dense jawbone. For more information on dental implant candidacy, see our page on What Makes A Good Dental Implant Candidate.
Most patients take 3-6 months for the entire process including healing. Additional time may be required if supplemental procedures are necessary.
This depends on each individual patient’s tolerance for pain. However, most of our dental implant patients claim that the process is no more painful than a simple tooth extraction. During the installation of your implants, a numbing agent will be administered so that patients feel little or no pain. After the procedure, over-the-counter pain medications can usually control any residual discomfort.
The cost of dental implants often varies based upon geographical location, type of implant, how many implants are needed, and if any supplemental procedures are necessary. In general, most dental implants usually cost $1,000 to $5,000. After your consultation, we will provide you with a written estimate for the cost of our services prior to beginning any treatments or procedures.
Most dental insurance plans do not pay for dental implants. Medical insurance sometimes offers coverage for part of the procedure, depending on how your teeth were lost. However, as dental implants become more common, more insurance companies will begin paying for them.
If cared for properly, dental implants can last for many decades. To keep your implants healthy and clean, we recommend that patients brush, floss, and have dental examinations regularly.
In many cases, dental implants are actually considered stronger than natural teeth. This means that after treatment, patients can finally enjoy all of their favorite foods and smile with relaxed comfort and confidence once more.
We advise our patients that they should avoid exposing their surgical site to food for at least 24 hours if possible. When the area is healed a bit, patients can eat soft, nutritious foods and should stay hydrated. Dr. Caputo will recommend a diet and instructions on how to care for your new implants during the healing process.
Dr. Caputo and his amazing staff have been offering dental implants for patients in the Palm Harbor, FL area for many years and many patients have reaped the wonderful benefits. Still not sure if dental implants are the right option for you? Check out the rest of our website to learn more about the dental implants process and ways you can finance your new smile. We can’t wait to help you smile confidently again with beautiful new dental implants.
Dr. Paul L. Caputo
3490 East Lake Rd. Suite A
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM