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Ask the Doctor | Q&A with Dr. Darrin Rapoport

How long does a dental implant process take? Weeks? Months? Years?

Posted by General Office on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 @ 10:55 AM

The first step for your procedure is to create a personalized treatment plan catered to your specific needs.

Generally, the total treatment time will be five to eight months. It may take longer, however, if you need bone or gum procedures, or if you have other special circumstances.

The dental team of specialists with extensive experience in oral surgery and restorative dentistry will collaborate to prepare your specific plan.

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Can my general dentist do a dental implant procedure?

Posted by Dr. Darrin Rapoport on Fri, Jun 06, 2014 @ 03:19 PM

Any dentist with a diploma and legally place an implant. However, a specialist with surgical training has taken additional years of schooling to learn proper surgical skills. You will want to make sure the doctor performing your implant procedure has extensive training and experience in the specific type of procedure you are receiving.

Additionally, other good questions to ask before choosing a doctor include:

  • Is your dentist a Board Certified Specialist?
  • Is there a list of the continuing education courses that your dentist has taken in the past 12-24 month?
  • How long has your dentist been placing dental implants?
  • How many dental implants does he or she place in a year?
  • What is their training in dental implants?
  • Does your dentist offer a comprehensive initial exam prior to diagnosis and treatment?
  • What type of safeguards are in place to protect against infections in Surgical Procedures?
  • How many dental implants does the dentist keep on hand (inventory)?
  • Does the dentist have the latest technology to diagnose and treat?
  • What type and brand of implants does your dentist use, and how dependable are they? How long have they been using the system?
  • What have been your most serious complications? How do you handle complications?

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Does insurance cover the cost of a dental implant?

Posted by Dr. Darrin Rapoport on Fri, Jun 06, 2014 @ 02:43 PM

At Pacific Northwest Periodontics and Implant Dentistry we work hard to maximize our patient's dental insurance benefits while limiting out-of-pocket expenses.

It is important to understand, however, that dental insurance coverage for implant treatment depends on your individual policy. Generally, dental insurance covers basic routine preventive maintenance, basic care, and emergencies with an annual maximum allowable benefit of $1,000-$1,500.

dental claimMost insurance plans do not include dental implant coverage; however, they will often pay the same benefit they would cover for the lowest cost alternative treatment option (partials and dentures) and some of the diagnostic records, if a specific request is made for alternative benefits.

We can assist you in reviewing your both your dental insurance and medical insurance plans to ascertain whether or not you have any coverage. Medical coverage is uncommon. Medicare does not cover implant treatment.

All in all, it is best to assume that there is no medical insurance coverage available.

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How painful is a dental implant procedure?

Posted by Dr. Darrin Rapoport on Fri, Jun 06, 2014 @ 01:19 PM

Most people who have received dental implants in our office routinely remark how little pain and discomfort they experienced - both during and after the procedure.

Light dental anesthesia is all that is needed, and most patients report that the process was less painful than regular dental restorations.

no painThe reason for this is that the surgical procedures we provide at pacific Northwest Periodontics are non-invasive and often do not require any incisions or sutures (stitches). Furthermore, since the jaw bone lacks any sensory nerves, our patients often report minimal postoperative discomfort and any mild soreness is easily treated with over the counter pain medications such as Tylenol or Advil.

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How long will my dental implant last?

Posted by Dr. Darrin Rapoport on Fri, Jun 06, 2014 @ 01:10 PM

Long-term research has shown that dental implants placed by surgical specialists can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges last, on average, five to seven years. 

describe the imageThe main reason implants placed by dental surgical specialists have such high success rates (95% last over 30 years) is that dental implants are immune to many of the disease processes that typically destroy natural teeth. Dental implants are impervious to decay, never require root canals and are substantially less susceptible to gum disease.

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