When you have missing teeth, there are a few options available to restore the full function of your mouth and enjoy your favorite foods again. One popular option is the placement of dental implants in Pacific Beach, CA. Before undergoing the procedure, however, there are a few questions to ask your dentist.


What Is the Procedure Like?








The actual procedure is an approximately 30-minute surgery where a titanium post is inserted into the jaw bone. A

dental crown

that looks like a natural tooth is then placed over the post. The crown must be specially made, so the procedures may be spread out across a few visits. The entire process can take over six months depending on if bone grafting is required beforehand and how many implants are needed.


Can Dental Implants Fail?

Dental implants generally have a 95 percent success rate. However, it is possible for the body to reject it or for to fail on its own. Much depends on the professional placing the implant, so be sure to choose an experienced dentist.


How Long Do They Last?

When taken care of properly through daily brushing and flossing, dental implants can last a lifetime with many lasting several decades. While there are no guarantees, regular dental checkups and proper hygiene can help make it last longer.


How Do You Care For Implants?

You take care of implants the same as you care for your natural teeth. You need to floss and brush twice a day and have a dental checkup every six months.


Does Insurance Cover the Procedure?

Some policies may cover part of the procedure, but it depends on your insurance. You can talk about the payment with the office beforehand. There are many questions to ask before getting dental implants. Make sure you understand what will happen by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Brian Fabb or Dr. Christine Altrock by contacting our office today.