Northside Dental Implants

Dr. Rich Guerra – Implant focused Cosmetic Dentist

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FAQ

Q. What are dental implants?
A. Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots used to replace a missing tooth or teeth.

Q. What are dental implants made of?
A. Dental implants are composed of a titanium material and shaped like screws. Restorations either dental crowns, bridges or implant-supported dentures are secured to the implants after a healing period; or possibly immediately after the implant placement procedure though the final restoration is NEVER placed the same day.

Q. How much do dental implants typically cost?
A. Single dental implants may range in cost from $1,000 to $5,000 at most offices. The lowest price I see advertised is $2500 for the Implant, Abutment and Crown. I also discovered that in Costa Rica, $1600 is the total price for an Implant, Abutment and Crown. We charge $2000 which is less when considering traveling expenses.

Q. Why Does Dr. Rich Charge less?
A. My offer $500 offer is a limited time offer. I placed a straightforward dental implant on my mother in 15 minutes, other dentists simply charge too much and make the procedure seem more complicated than it really is. Is a $2000 fee fair when the procedure typically takes 30 minutes and the parts cost $200 or less, I don’t think so. Since I place so many implants per year, the labs and implant suppliers give me a discount on the costs saving more money. The same high quality Implants I use on friends and Family, I use on everyone else. I use high quality labs which are located in the Chicago area.

Q. Are you using cheap implants?
A. My implants are roughly $200. $200 for essentially a small screw. That is not cheap! The quality of my implants are top-notch, and their product design makes placing implants rather simple. Most implant companies have sales reps that add 30-40% commission to the price of all parts. If the Implants are a European brand then add 30% due to the euro exchange rate. My supplier does not have sales people, I order directly from the company. How much did you pay the real estate agent for your house? Agents and salesmen add considerable to the cost of anything they sell or transact.

Q. Are you using cheap Labs?
A. I use local labs and during your consultation I can provide you with the name of the lab. You are more than welcomed to visit the lab and see your work in progress. When your work is complete you can see the invoice. They do not outsource overseas. Both labs are small quality oriented labs. My lab gives me volume discounts since I send so many implants to them. I choose not to name the lab since I do not want to share that information with competitors.

Q. Are you Using cheap abutments?
A. I use abutments manufactured by my implant supplier when possible. On certain cases a custom abutment is mandatory and others it is optional. I always try to achieve the best possible outcome

Q. Are dental implants covered by insurance?
A. Coverage of dental implant treatment is determined by individual insurance companies. The amount dental insurance companies may pay toward treatment varies. UPS, CPS PPO and AARP delta dental does offer coverage for implants.

Q. Are dental implants safe?
A. Dental implants are a safe and clinically proven alternative to bridges and dentures for replacing missing teeth in qualified candidates. People with certain risk factors, such as smokers, and those with inadequate bone density or who are immune-compromised, may not qualify for implant treatment.

Q. How do I prepare for implant placement?
A. Get a good night sleep, Implant placement is Nearly painless with anesthesia and the recovery is quick, My mom needed only 1 Tylenol! Try not to skip meals, or have a meal an hour or two before the appointment. TAKE USUAL MEDICATIONS AS DIRECTED. Take medications by Dr. Rich as prescribed. Be prepared to pay $500, since my price is so low, I do not finance.

Q. Do dental implants work?
A. Dental implants are among the most predictable tooth replacement options. While there is no guarantee that an implant procedure will be successful, studies have shown a five-year success rate of 95 percent for lower jaw implants, and a 90 percent success rate for upper jaw implants. It is important to follow our hygiene instructions to give the best possible outcome.

Q. Can smokers have dental implants?
A. Dentists strongly advise patients to quit smoking before undergoing a dental implant procedure. Smokers have a 4-5 times higher risk for dental implant failure.

Q. How are dental implants placed?
A. Dental implants are placed into the jawbone after the dentist prepares a small space into the site where the tooth is missing. This space is slowly widened to accommodate the dental implant screw. Once the implant is placed, the gum tissue is replaced over the implant and a protective cover screw is placed on top for healing. After 3 months of healing, the dentist uncovers the implant and attaches an abutment, which holds the crown or tooth-like replacement to the implant. In some cases, the abutment may be placed at the same sitting as the implant. When the abutment is placed, a temporary crown will be provided to promote tissue contour.

Q. Is the dental implant procedure painful?
A. Local anesthesia is used during implant placement, so patients do not feel pain during the procedure. After the initial surgery, discomfort should be minimal. However, prescription pain medications may be prescribed to relieve any post-surgical pain or discomfort.

Q. What is the minimum age for dental implants?
A. Dental implants can be placed anytime after adolescence or when bone growth is complete.

Q. What are the advantages of dental implants compared to bridges or dentures?
A. Dental implants are stronger and more dependable than conventional bridges cemented to natural teeth, or traditional partial or full removable dentures. However, dental implants may be used to support a bridge or dentures when multiple teeth are missing to provide better support and stability, help maintain the jaw bone, and reduce gum tissue irritation. Also, dental implant restorations are not susceptible to cavities.

Q. How long is the dental implant recovery period?
A. Usually after 2-3 days patients report feeling “back to normal”. With proper implant stability on the day of placement, I typically wait 2-3 months to take the impression for a single tooth implant. The crown arrives within 2 weeks of the impression.

Q. How long to dental implants last?
A. A dental implant restoration can remain in place and function properly for more than 40 years when proper oral hygiene is followed and regular dental check-ups are maintained.