Dental IMPLANTS FAQ


1. How do I know if I am a candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are considered one of the best options as replacement teeth for people with good oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to gum disease, injury or an accident. Single implant or multiple teeth dental implants placement can be the right solution depending on your condition. To learn more call our office to schedule your no obligation consultation.


2. Do I need a bone graft and what is it?

If your jawbone is unable to support dental implants, several techniques can be used by our dentist to rebuild and add bone where it is needed. This procedure called bone grafting. Research shows that adding bone graft helps fortify the bone for dental implants placement and generally allows to achieve the best results.


3. What if I don’t have enough bone for Dental Implants?

Bone grafting may be necessary before placement of a dental implant. Bone grafting is now possible for either one tooth, several implanted teeth, or a full mouth. We can increase the width of bone as well as its height, if necessary.

This procedure involves adding (grafting) bone or bone-like materials to the area that lack required bone to hold an implant (an artificial root). After grafting, you have to wait anywhere from three (3) to six (6) months for the new grafted material to fuse with the existing bone.

If your upper back teeth are too close to the sinus, there is a procedure (Sinus lift) allowing us to raise the sinus before bone can be added. Check out our Sinus Lift video below to learn more.


4. Is there pain or discomfort?

Immediately after the surgery and for a few days, some pain or discomfort may occur. However, with medication, any pain can be easily managed. You may find that your gums and skin around the area may bruise, become sore and have some minor bleeding. This is normal, and discomfort will diminish, and you should start noticing an improvement in seven (7) to ten (10) days.

Immediately after the surgery and for a few days, some pain or discomfort may occur. However, with medication, any pain can be easily managed. You may find that your gums and skin around the area may bruise, become sore and have some minor bleeding. This is normal, and discomfort will diminish, and you should start noticing an improvement in seven (7) to ten (10) days.


5. What are the alternative treatments for Dental Implants?

Removable dentures, bridges and dentures, implant supported dentures can be a more affordable alternative to dental implants but are less comfortable and durable. Over time bone loss will cause dentures to stop fitting, and they will need to be adjusted or replaced.

In a recent Nobel Biocare International study, 75% of respondents with either a fixed bridge, partial denture or full dentures would have chosen implants if they had known about bone loss.


6. Dental Implant Costs

Dental implant costs depend on several factors. Some of those include a choice between types of implants; guided implant surgery or a freehand implant placement; determination if a bone graft needed or you have sufficient amount of bone left. Can a dental implant be placed without bone grafting? How many implants (single tooth dental implant or several implants) required to complete a treatment plan? These are just a few examples of what our Burlington dentist, Dr. Alexandra Zemskova, needs to consider to provide you with the most accurate price. After we discuss your treatment plan in details, we will provide you with the exact dental implant price and your payment options.


7. Will my insurance benefits cover Dental Implants?

Some insurance companies classify dental implants as a cosmetic procedure and therefore, don’t provide coverage. However, the good news is that not all insurance companies classify implant procedures the same. Some insurance companies can help you offset your investment by covering part of the treatment.