The procedure

procedure
WHAT IS THE DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE?
After your initial consultation, the first part of the process is the actual surgical placement of the implant.  This is typically done with local anesthesia.  Dr. Claiborne offers sedation as an option for implant procedures including nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation and intra-venous sedation.  There are typically two follow up appointments (after 2 weeks and 6 weeks).  In some cases a second surgery to uncover or “expose” the implant is required, and this is done after 4-6 months.  The next appointment is to take impressions in order to make your tooth (crown) or dentures.
HOW LONG WILL MY IMPLANTS LAST?
Dr. Claiborne has a 95% success rate to date with hundreds of implants placed.  Most literature will state a 90-95% survival rate for 10 years.  Patients who smoke have an increased risk of failure (usually 2.5 times greater than a non-smoker).  The first dental implant was placed in 1965 and is still in function today.  The best way to ensure long term success is with good oral hygiene and 6 month cleaning appointments with radiographic follow up of your implants.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A DENTAL IMPLANT AND WILL MY INSURANCE COVER IT?
Typically dental insurance does not cover dental implants.  But we are seeing some insurance carriers start to cover them.  The surgical placement of one implant is around $1500.  The cost to place one tooth on an implant is $850-1350.  A typical set of dentures retained by two implants will average $5000.    Because Dr. Claiborne performs both the surgical aspect and the prosthetic aspect of implant dentistry, he is able to pass substantial savings onto his patients.