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Bellingham Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions

Senior man and woman reviewing paperworkBefore you get started with your dental implant tooth replacement, the Moreno & Young Dental team want to help you feel fully prepared and 100% confident that you’ve chosen the best treatment plan. We know you’ll have questions, and our knowledgeable dentistry team will be happy to answer them. If you want to learn more from our team, call our Bellingham dental practice today. We will try to answer your questions over the phone or schedule a dental implant consultation in our office. Below, you’ll find the answers to some of our Bellingham dental implant frequently asked questions, but this by no means a comprehensive list. We welcome additional questions so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to find out more.

What are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are small posts that support a replacement tooth or teeth. Prior to placement, they closely resemble a screw. When inserted below the gum line, they mimic the natural function of healthy tooth roots, recreating your flawless, healthy smile.

How are Dental Implants Placed?

Dental implant tooth replacement is completed over the course of two treatment phases. The first phase of treatment requires the surgical placement of one or more dental implant posts. Following the placement of the implant posts, patients need to wait three or more months for the implant to fuse with the gum and bone tissue. Once the implant post has fully fused with the supportive dental structures, you’ll return to the office, so we can attach your replacement tooth or teeth.

How Many Dental Implants do I Need?

Implant crown and bridge restorations

Every case is different, but in most situations, we recommend the following:

What is the Risk for Dental Implant Failure?

Dentist showing man his intraoral photos

Dental implants have a 95% or higher success rate for most patients. Your risk for implant failure may increase due to age, poor health, inadequate oral hygiene, certain medications, and other factors. Before we begin your implant supported tooth replacement plan, we will carefully review your current level of oral health, overall health history, and past surgical experiences to help ensure successful implant placement. We will also carefully explain warning signs of implant failure after your surgical placement procedure. Increasing patient awareness of these implant failure symptoms makes it possible for us to intervene and save implants before they fail.

How Much do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of your dental implant treatment will depend in large part on your individual case, and we will carefully explain out of pockets costs and help you budget for treatment before we begin your implant tooth replacement plan. Factors that affect the cost of implant supported tooth replacement include:

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