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Dental Implants

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

For many patients insurance coverage is available depending on your plan’s specifics regarding oral care benefits as well as its deductible amount(s). It is best to check directly with your insurer first before any procedures are scheduled so you know what costs will fall upon yourself vs your insurer beforehand if there is any coverage provided at all.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care this type of restoration can last many years—upwards of 10-15 years on average—and even longer in some cases depending upon how well they were installed by your dentist and how thoroughly they were cared for afterwards by brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste along with flossing once per day. To ensure maximum longevity regular checkups should also be scheduled every 6 months so that any signs of wear can be caught early on. 

What are the pros and cons of getting an implant?

The greatest benefits associated with getting a dental implant include improved aesthetics, better chewing ability, enhanced oral health due to fewer cavities and gum disease risk factors, improved speech patterns due to better alignment of teeth, greater convenience since they don’t need special cleaning solutions like dentures do; and increased self-confidence from having beautiful new teeth that look natural! On the other hand, some downsides include higher cost than most other dental restorations (though many insurance companies provide coverage), longer healing time compared to other restorations; potential complications such as infection or nerve damage; additional treatments such as bone grafts or sinus lifts might be needed; and individuals with certain medical conditions may not make good candidates for dental implants. 

How long does it take to get a dental implant?

The duration of the implant process depends on a variety of factors such as the patient's individual condition and how complex the case may be. On average, it takes between three to six months from start to finish before you have your complete set of teeth in place. The procedure itself typically takes two procedures -- one to place the implant post and one to attach the prosthetic tooth or bridge -- each taking roughly two hours.

What are dental implants made out of?

Dental implants are typically constructed from titanium, a biocompatible material that is adept at fusing directly with bone tissue in your jaw. This makes them incredibly strong and durable for years of use. In some cases, ceramic materials may also be used for their aesthetic qualities and for patients with metal allergies. 

Do dental implants hurt?

Generally speaking, dental implants are very comfortable. During the implant procedure, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the treatment area and you will receive sedation that you won't experience any pain. After the procedure, there may be some minor discomfort which can usually be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Most people report feeling only minor discomfort after having an implant placed, and it generally fades within a few days.

Dental Cleaning

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

It’s important to schedule an appointment with an experienced pediatric dentist as soon as possible after their first baby tooth erupts (usually between 6-12 months), so they can begin learning healthy habits early in life that will help ensure lifelong oral health! At this appointment, the pediatric dentist will review basic oral hygiene techniques with both you and your child while also providing preventive care such as examining their mouth for any potential problems like cavities or misalignment of their bite (occlusion).

How do dental cleanings work?

During a professional dental cleaning, the dentist or hygienist will typically use specialized tools to gently remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and along your gum line. They may also floss between each tooth before polishing them with special instruments that help leave them feeling smooth and looking shiny. In some cases, they might also apply fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel and protect against tooth decay. 

Are dental cleanings covered by insurance?

Most dental insurance plans will cover all or part of the cost of routine preventive care such as professional teeth cleanings and exams. Additionally, many plans also include coverage for additional treatments such as X-rays or fluoride treatments when necessary. Check with your insurance provider for specific coverage details related to your plan.

How often should I see the dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that adults visit their dentist at least twice a year for regular check-ups and professional teeth cleanings. However, depending on your individual oral health needs and risk factors, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits. For instance, if you are at an increased risk of cavities or gum disease or have other oral health issues, you may need to visit the dentist more regularly for evaluations and cleanings. 

Do dental cleanings hurt?

Generally, no, dental cleanings do not hurt. During a cleaning, the dentist or hygienist may use a special tool to scrape away any tartar buildup on your teeth and along your gum line. This process may cause a slight sensation due to the pressure that is being applied to your teeth, but it should not be uncomfortable or painful. If you experience pain during a cleaning, tell your dentist right away.


Do I need to see an emergency dentist?

Some dental emergencies are simple and non-traumatic, such as a broken denture or a dislodged crown. Others are painful and serious such as a tooth knocked out at a ball game. You may be experiencing the pain of a tooth that has become infected. However, pain does not need to accompany the anxiety and discomfort of a dental emergency. At Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry, we want to alleviate your anxiety and of course your pain.

Should I go to the emergency room for a dental emergency?

According to a report from the American Dental Association, the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey discovered that hospital emergency rooms are experiencing an increase of dental emergency visits. This increase is putting a strain on a system that is already maxed out as far as medical care is concerned. Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry patients have the option of getting proper emergency dental care at our dental office. You will not have to suffer through long waiting room delays and you can be assured that you will receive comfort and care for your dental emergency that goes far beyond that of a hospital emergency room.

What counts as a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any type of severe pain or infection in the mouth, jaw, or teeth that requires immediate attention. Examples of common dental emergencies include toothaches, chipped or broken teeth, lost fillings, trauma to the face or mouth, fractured jaw, abscesses (infections) in the gums and/or teeth, gum swelling and pain, and wisdom tooth issues. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms it’s best to call your dentist right away.

Can I see the dentist today?

We do everything we can to accommodate our emergency patients and provide prompt dental care. Same-day or next-day appointments are available as scheduling permits. Walk-ins are welcome although we do ask that you call us prior to your arrival so that we can accommodate your needs. As part of our commitment to our patients and their well-being, we strive to provide same-day treatment whenever possible, saving you time and money.


Why should I choose Invisalign through my dentist rather than a take-home clear aligner company?

Choosing professional dental care over DIY solutions is always recommended when considering any type of orthodontic work such as straightening teeth through clear aligner systems like Invisalign. Consulting with an experienced dental professional allows you access to their expertise and knowledge when it comes to selecting the best possible solution for achieving desired results safely and effectively without risking any unwanted side effects from improper alignment or usage instructions that are found with some at-home kits. Professional dentists will also provide close monitoring throughout each step in treatment which ensures that all goals are achieved in a timely manner with minimal risk involved for each patient's unique situation.

How long does Invisalign take to straighten my teeth?

The length of time it takes for Invisalign Treatment varies depending on the complexity or severity of each individual case; however, most cases typically take anywhere from 6 months up to 18 months. Every 4-6 weeks, you will receive a new set of aligners that must be worn 20-22 hours each day to achieve optimal results within the projected timeline given by your dentist upon consultation.

Does Invisalign hurt?

Most patients do not experience pain while wearing their aligners; however there may be a small amount of discomfort during the first few days as your teeth adjust to the new aligners. Your teeth may also be a bit tender after switching out each aligner due to the pressure placed on them during movement. This should subside after a few days and is normal during the course of treatment. If you’re still experiencing pain or discomfort after a few days, contact your dentist right away for further assistance. 

Is Invisalign covered by insurance?

Insurance coverage for Invisalign varies among providers and policy holders. Some policies may provide full coverage or partially cover the costs associated with Invisalign treatment. It's best to check with your insurance provider prior to beginning any treatment plan so you know exactly what is covered under your policy.

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of Invisalign treatment depends on the complexity of your case and the duration of your treatment plan. Generally, it is comparable to the cost of traditional braces, though can be slightly higher when considering variables such as the number of aligners used and the length of treatment. It is important to note that your dentist may offer payment plans or discounts to make this treatment more affordable.

At Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry, our top priority is helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Let us take care of all your dental needs - schedule your visit today!