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Dental Implant FAQs – Albuquerque, NM

How Can I Find a Qualified Implant Dentist?

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It is wise to do some research when you’re searching for a doctor to place and/or restore dental implant in Albuquerque. Your oral surgeon should have extensive experience with implants — specifically, with the type of dental implants that you’re interested in.

The doctor who restores your implants should have an intimate understanding of the oral structures and how they relate to one another. This will enable them to create a prosthesis that is both natural-looking and highly functional.

Is It Painful to Get Dental Implants?

Your oral surgeon will use anesthesia to make sure you are comfortable during your placement procedure; you shouldn’t feel a thing. Afterward, you may notice that your mouth is sore. However, mild painkillers and a few simple adjustments to your routine (for example, eating soft foods) can help to mitigate any pain you feel. Many people find that the entire implant process is much more comfortable than they anticipated.

Why Do Implants Sometimes Fail?

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Dental implants enjoy a very high success rate — over 95 percent! However, problems occasionally come up that endanger an implant’s long-term viability. Usually, an infection is at the heart of the problem. When bacteria sneaks into the area around an implant, it can eat away at the bone and destroy the implant’s base of support. That is why proper oral hygiene is so pivotal for individuals who receive this tooth replacement treatment. In other cases, implants may fail because the bone does not bond properly with them or because of surgical complications.

If implant-related problems are caught early on, it is often possible to stop the issue from progressing to the point where a patient must give up on the prospect of implants altogether.

Does Insurance Help Pay for Dental Implants?

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It is not standard practice for dental insurance companies to provide assistance for dental implants. However, more and more benefits providers are changing their policies to offer coverage for this procedure. Even if your plan does not help with paying for the implants themselves, it may cover preliminary work (such as gum disease therapy or extractions). It is also worth checking to see if your medical insurance will help you to afford your implant placement surgery.

If you discover that your insurance will not pay for your new smile, you may want to look into other ways to fit your treatment into your budget. For example, you may qualify for no-interest financing. FSA and HSA funds can also be used to help pay for implants.

How Should I Care for My Dental Implants?

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Caring for implants is neither complicated nor time-consuming. You’ll need to:

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