Dental Implant FAQs
Learn answers to commonly asked questions about the dental implant procedure in our Knoxville, TN dental office:
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small biocompatible titanium posts used to replace missing teeth. The implant acts as a prosthetic root and is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. Once the implant is healed, a custom fabricated ceramic dental restoration will be attached for a natural, functional, and long-lasting missing tooth replacement.
Are dental implants right for me?
Periodontist Dr. Robert Cain offers complimentary dental implant consultation. There is no one right treatment for any oral health concern and each patient is treated on an individual basis
Are dental implants expensive?
Dental implants are an investment in your oral health, overall well-being, and quality of life. Dental implants may be a more costly investment upfront but commonly require no additional maintenance during your lifetime.
Other missing tooth replacement options such as dentures or bridges can be lost or broken or ill-fitting resulting in the need for new restorations to be fabricated at an additional charge.
Our Knoxville, TN dental care team will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits and help you find 3rd party financing if necessary.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer patients many long-term oral health benefits:
- 98% Success rate
- Improved speech
- Prevents further bone loss
- Stabilizes oral foundation
- Full function chewing
- Protects surrounding teeth
Does the dental implant procedure hurt?
Most patients find that the dental implant procedure is surprisingly comfortable. Dr. Cain provides sedation dentistry options for your optimal comfort and ease during your procedure.
Does my insurance cover dental implants?
Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not cover dental implants. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff will work with you to maximize your coverage. Our Knoxville periodontal office also offers 3rd party financing through CareCredit for manageable monthly payments.
How long do dental implants take to heal?
Dental implants generally take 3-6 months to completely heal and fuse to your bone. Once healed, a dental restoration will be custom designed and permanently fitted for your final tooth replacement.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
The dental implant process will take a few visits to our Knoxville, TN dentist office. Your first visit will be a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Cain. Together you will build your treatment plan tailored to your dental health and goals. Your second visit will be for the surgical implantation of your dental implant. After your implant is healed you will return for the fitting of your final restoration.