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If you're considering an Austin Implant Dentist, you probably have a number of questions about the dental implant process and what to expect.
Austin Dental Implants - The Process
More durable and convenient than dentures, dental implants are generally considered to be the best long term solution for tooth loss.
The implant consists of a titanium screw which is inserted directly into the bone of the jaw. It typically takes anywhere from three to six months for the titanium screw to fully fuse, or anchor, to the bone. A temporary crown is placed on the screw and then at the end of the process a permanent crown (i.e. your new tooth) is secured to the screw.
Implants can also be used to support traditional bridges to replace other missing teeth.
The success rate for dental implants is typically in the 90-95% range.
Austin Implant Dentistry
Generally, the dental implant process involves a couple of different participants (in addition to the patient).
The actual implant is typically conducted by either an oral surgeon or a periodontist (a periodontist is a specialist who focuses on gum-related issues).
The permanent crown will most likely be placed by your regular (restorative) dentist or by a prosthodontist (more commonly known as a cosmetic dentist).
Cost of Dental Implants
As you might expect, dental implants are more costly than other tooth replacement options. In general, a single implant is usually in the $1500-$3000 range. And a full set of upper or lower implants can run anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000.
Most employer-sponsored dental insurance plans do not cover implants as these are considered "cosmetic" procedures. But be sure to research your own plan carefully and to consult your company's benefits coordinator with any questions and concerns.
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