Dental implants, in the area of Marietta GA, have been provided by Drs. Kimmerling & Aguilera for many years.  They not only have years of experience but also attend training to stay up to date with the latest dental implant techniques.  We follow all HIPPA, OSHA & CDC guidelines to help ensure the best service.  Each patient receives the individual attention they deserve, and we have treated thousands of patients since 1982.  When you come to our office, you will seldom see anyone waiting in the “waiting” area.  Even if you arrive early, we take pride to provide service “as soon as possible” even before the scheduled time.  Feel free to call us @ (770) 423-4900.

What are Dental Implants

Dental ImplantsThink of a dental implant like an artificial tooth. It has a titanium post implanted in the bone with a porcelain and metal crown on it.  It fills in the spot where the missing tooth existed and restored the chewing ability for that spot.  Dental implants may be an option for those that have lost a tooth due to injury or periodontal disease etc..

Dental Implant Cost

We are often asked “How much are dental implants?  Accurately stating those costs can be hard to judge. The post-implant will cost about $2,000 unless you need a bone graph.  A bone graph will cost about $375 if it is done at the time of the tooth extraction which will cost about $500.  A separate bone graph will cost about $600.  Once the post is implanted successfully, the abutment or crowns will cost about $2,000 depending on the complications.  Of course, if multiple implants are needed the costs per implant would go down if they are done at the same time.  To get a reasonable idea it is best to schedule an appointment for a preliminary examination.  The cost will be credited toward the procedure.  Financing for dental implants is available.  Feel free to call us @ (770) 423-4900 for more information.

Dental Implant Insurance

If dental implants are required as the result of an injury such as auto accidents or sports injuries insurance coverage is quite likely through the auto insurance etc.  Very few insurance companies offer coverage for dental implants as part of dental plans and those that do limit the coverage such as single implants each year and usually only partial cost (50% or less).  If your insurance doesn’t cover the cost feel free to speak with our friendly staff about other options available.   Financing for dental implants is available.  Feel free to call us @ (770) 423-4900 for more information.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implants start with an exam to make sure you’re an excellent candidate and have enough bone, and the bone has to be strong enough. The dental implant procedure depends on where you consider a start.  Let’s assume you start with needing a tooth extracted then a bone graph may be necessary especially if it is a larger tooth with multiple roots.  After the extraction and graph, you will need to wait about three months before the post can be implanted and then another three months before the abutment (crown) can be placed.  That means it will take about six months for each tooth or series of teeth.

Dental Implant vs. Bridge

Dental implants are the least expensive in the long run even though they are more expensive initially.  Bridges and dentures need regular maintenance, so they are more expensive over time.  Bridges impact the abutment teeth because they are cut down which may lead to weakness and additional treatments.  The jaw shrinks with dentures, so they need to be re-fitted and replaced regularly.  Feel free to call us @ (770) 423-4900 for more information.

Dental Implant Pain

Dental implant pain should NOT be a problem once it is finished correctly.  If you have any pain after the dentist has completed the dental implant as likely needs adjusting as it is possible high or something has gone wrong.  In either case, you should contact the office.  We take great pride in making sure there is no pain or very mild discomfort when the post is placed; however, you will feel pain if you chew on that side and get some hard food in that area but even that will be reduced to a month after it is placed.  The same will happen with an extraction and bone graph.  Of course, if you have a unique situation the situation may differ but the dentist will advise you in advance.

Dental Implants Problems

Most dental implant problems occur as the result of trying to save money which in the end increases the total cost.  A list of possible complications will be reviewed with you by the dentist before proceeding.

Once the dental implant has had the time to be successfully placed the only real long-term concern should be “overloading” it or placing too much pressure on it.  The dental implant should never be used for chewing ice or anything very hard.  Of course, regular teeth shouldn’t be used for that either!  Overloading the dental implant may cause the implant to move especially if you have a problem of grinding your teeth.