“All we want are the facts, ma’am.” – Dragnet’s Joe Friday
Take a look… we’ve answered most, if not all, of your frequently asked questions. If you have others, just let us know!
1. How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants can vary greatly. There are two parts to each dental implant, the fee for the surgical placement of the implant, and the fee for fabrication of the tooth or teeth the implant will support. The surgical fee depends on the number of implants being placed, any necessary bone grafting or extractions that must be done, and the type of anesthesia/sedation that will be used during the surgery. The surgical fee for one dental implant costs approximately $1,975. An exact fee cannot be given without a thorough examination of your mouth. The second portion of the implant fee includes the tooth, and sometimes the “abutment”. The basic fee for this part of treatment starts at $1,765. There are many different methods to replacing missing teeth with implants, the only way to get an accurate treatment cost estimate is to have an examination and a personalized treatment plan created for your individual needs.
2. Do I need one implant for each missing tooth?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, but in the case of those patients who are missing many teeth, we can often use two implants to replace even a whole arch of missing teeth.
3. Are dental implants covered by my insurance?
Each employer chooses the amount and type of coverage for their employees. Some plans do provide good coverage for dental implant treatment, and others provide no coverage at all. We will investigate your benefits and help to get you the best coverage for your treatment.
4. How will I feel after a surgical appointment?
We always recommend that you rest, and limit your activity after a surgical procedure. Most patients find that they did better than they expected after their treatment. You will get specific instructions and medications to keep yourself comfortable before, during, and after your treatment. The doctor will help make recommendations as to how many days you can expect to be off of work depending on the extent of your treatment.
5. Do we do the LANAP procedure?
The laser-assisted new attachment procedure (the LANAP protocol) is a patented therapy designed for the treatment of periodontitis developed by Dr. Robert H. Gregg II and Dr. Delwin McCarthy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the LANAP protocol for the treatment of periodontitis, or gum disease, in 2004. This surgical protocol is done with an Nd:YAG laser which removes the inner diseased tissue from a pocket and the calculus is removed from the root surfaces. The long-term success of this procedure is still being determined. Dr. Masters utilizes a diode laser in the same fashion when she determines that this type of therapy will achieve the outcome of restoring health and function to her patient’s teeth and gums. Feel free to discuss your surgical options with Dr. Masters.
6. Is All-on-4 Right for me?
The All-on-4 treatment concept was developed to provide patients who have lost all of the teeth in an arch with an efficient and effective restoration using only four implants to support an immediately loaded full-arch prosthesis. This was developed by the implant company Nobel Biocare and made fashionable by the Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers. Our doctors routinely use Nobel Biocare implants and are able to provide this type of treatment at a competitive price. Dr. Masters still prefers the standard healing time for dental implants prior to placing the dental implants in function, as to reduce the risk of implant failure. The All-on-4 restoration is just placed in function after ensuring the implants have successfully healed in the bone.
7. What if I’m a big chicken?
Whether it’s an extra pillow for your neck, a blanket, an Ipod with noise canceling head phones, laughing gas, that special little pill that makes everything kind of foggy, or serious drugs, the doctors at the Masters Dental Group want to make your dental experience comfortable for you. Please discuss your previous experiences and we can customize your anxiety relief to your needs.
8. Do you take my insurance?
We are not in-network contracted providers for any specific insurance companies, but we accept and file most dental insurance. We find that our fees are very competitive for the San Antonio area, and out-of network coverage can be pretty good. Our business team members would be happy to help you get the insurance information that pertains to your treatment needs. If you only have HMO type coverage, you will need to have your treatment done by the dentist your employer has chosen for you.