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Dr. Sam S. Markzar, DDS


Q: Is it painful to get dental implants?

A:   No. Just like in dental fillings, our dentist administers local anesthesia so you won't feel any pain and discomfort during the procedure.

Q: What can patients expect after the anesthesia wears off?

A:   You may only experience minor discomfort, as healing is relatively quick after our dental implant surgery. Our dentist can prescribe non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen to help relieve pain and discomfort after the procedure.

Q: How long will the procedure take?

A:   A dental implant surgery may take about an hour to complete, but this may also depend on the number and location of implants.

Q: What foods should patients eat after the procedure?

A:   We recommend eating soft and nutritious food like yogurt and soup. You should also drink plenty of water to be well hydrated. Avoid exposing the surgical site or treated area to food. Consult our dentist to know more about proper diet during recovery so you can better take care of your new implants.

Q: How long will the recovery and construction of restorations or replacement teeth take?

A:   Dental implant procedure involves two phases: the healing and fusing of the implants to the bone, and the fabrication and attachment of your replacement teeth. Depending on your treatment plan, the entire process may take about two to nine months.

Q: How long can dental implants last?

A:   A dental implant can last for many years once it fuses to the bone properly and successfully. Some implants may even last for more than 40 years with proper care.

Q: Is it possible for the body to reject a dental implant? What solutions can the dentist provide if this happens?

A:   Dental implant rejection is rare, but this can happen. In some cases, the implant doesn't fuse to the bone because the body is allergic to titanium. Infection and development of fibrous tissue around the implant may also cause rejection. If this happens, our dentist will simply remove the implant and let the wound to heal. Our dentist will check your teeth and place a new implant that can fuse to the bone properly.

Q: Is it expensive to get dental implants?

A:   The answer is relative to the patient's case. For example, getting dental implants may be a bit pricier than having your dental bridge or dentures done, but as they last longer, implants may be more cost-effective.

Q: Does insurance cover dental implants?

A:   Dental insurance plans may not always cover implants and similar elective procedures if there are more affordable alternatives offered by the practice. Some plans, however, can provide coverage for the procedure to make sure patients can get the best available treatment for replacing missing teeth. Call our office to learn about the payment and insurance options that are available for your dental implants.

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