What is a periodontist?
A periodontist is a doctor who specializes in treating the bone and tissue surrounding the teeth.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants act as replacement tooth roots that are surgically placed in the jaw bone to support either fixed single teeth or bridges, or removable dentures.
How long do implants last?
If you take excellent care of your dental implants, they can last a lifetime. Many patients have successfully had functional implants for over 15 years, and the likelihood that your dental implant will be fully functional past 10 years is 90%. Dental implants are a very durable option for tooth replacement!
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
We can perform a thorough examination at your consultation to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants or to make recommendations for how you can become a candidate.
What are the costs of dental implants?
The final cost of dental implants treatment will vary between patients, so we encourage you to visit our office for a consultation to discuss your treatment.
Are implants expensive?
Breakthroughs in technology have made receiving dental implants more affordable and attainable than ever before. An assessment of different treatment outcomes has shown that with a little more expense, the strength and longevity of implants is a better investment in the long term.
Do I have the option of being sedated during surgery?
There are two types of sedation that are available to you. We offer oral sedation, which helps you feel relaxed, or I.V. conscious sedation, which allows you to be in a natural sleep during your surgery.
Should I be concerned about radiation from multiple X-rays?
Fortunately, with the advancement of dental technology and the use of digital X-rays, we are able to use less than half of the standard radiation. X-rays are not only safe but also a great tool in diagnosing dental problems!
How soon can I schedule my surgery after the treatment consultation?
Our office is here to accommodate you. We’ll do our best to schedule a surgery time that is convenient for you!
What do you do to make your patients more comfortable during surgery?
Most surgeries are not painful; however, you may experience some tenderness associated with the surgical site. In most cases, a narcotic prescription is not needed. Dr. Dean will prescribe an anti-inflammatory, which will not hinder you from your daily routine or activities.
Will Dr. Dean fabricate the crown for my implant?
Actually, your general dentist will fabricate the restorations for your implants. Although Dr. Dean will only be involved with the surgical aspect of your implants, he and your general dentist will be working closely throughout the entire process.
What are the benefits of laser treatment?
For select surgeries, Dr. Dean is able to decrease the amount of trauma and speed up healing times by using the Biolase laser. This laser also enables Dr. Dean to perform some surgeries without the use of sutures.
What is dental insurance and how does it work?
Dental insurance is a complex subject that creates confusion for many dental patients. Dental insurance is a contract between your employer and the insurance company. The benefits that you will receive are based on the terms of the contract that were negotiated between your employer and the dental insurance company and not your dental office.
Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal dental care, which is not necessarily the goal of your dental insurance company. Our office will do everything possible to help you understand and make the most of your dental insurance benefits.