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Dental implants provide the ultimate in tooth replacement, a permanent solution that restores superior function and aesthetics after tooth loss. However, the process for receiving dental implants is complex and requires more detailed planning than other restorative treatments. It may also leave you with many questions regarding the process, what to expect, and how much it will cost. Our team at Fusion Implant Center is transparent about our treatments and will provide personalized solutions for your oral health needs and smile goals. We encourage you to review our dental implant FAQ in Baton Rouge, LA, then schedule a consultation with us!

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Dental Implant FAQ


What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is made up of three parts—a titanium or ceramic post, an abutment, and a restoration. Built to function like natural tooth roots, dental implants provide bone support and a stable foundation for a single dental crown, a dental bridge, a denture, or a full arch prosthesis.


What makes dental implants the “gold” standard?

Dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement option and are designed to last for decades. Because they are surgically inserted into the jawbone with up to 8 dental implants per arch, they provide health and functional benefits comparable to natural teeth.


What is the success rate of dental implants?

Dental implants have achieved a consistently high success rate (over 95%) since their introduction decades ago. Through our combination of surgical technology, high-quality materials, and clinical experience, we consistently achieve a 98% success rate.


Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Many patients are candidates for dental implants already or can qualify after receiving preparatory treatments like bone grafting and tooth extractions. Our board-certified oral surgeons are the experts in treating patients who have extensive bone and tooth loss and those who are medically compromised. They routinely complete complex cases that other offices have turned away.


How much does treatment cost?

The cost of dental implants is based on many factors, including how many teeth are missing and for how long, the types of materials used, and what additional procedures are needed. Our team can help you apply for dental financing and will file insurance claims on your behalf to help you afford treatment.


How will I know what my new smile will look like?

At Fusion Implant Center, we provide a virtual smile preview —a realistic 3D visualization of the likely outcomes of surgery. You’ll see how you’ll look with new teeth and provide an input into their design and aesthetics. We may also be able to provide same-day wax try-ins, so you can “test drive” your new smile before beginning treatment.


What qualifications do you have?

Our team consists of a prosthodontist, a licensed anesthesiologist, and four board-certified oral surgeons with over 50 years of combined experience. Our surgeons have placed over 20,000 dental implants and our team completes over 5,000 sedation cases every year. Together, we provide one continuum of dental implant care in a single location, from consultation to provisional delivery. Fusing art, science, and some of implant dentistry’s most innovative technologies, we complete treatment at the highest level of precision and efficiency. Of the tens of thousands of dental implants we’ve placed, we have retained a superior success rate and outstanding long-term outcomes.


What is dental implant surgery like?

With advanced surgical technology modern dental implant placement is efficient and precise. Often, the procedure can be completed in just a few hours using patient-fitted surgical guides. The length of your surgery depends on several factors, but you’ll remain comfortable no matter how long it takes.


Will surgery be painful?

Dental implant surgery is completed while you are under sedation or general anesthesia. You will feel no pain and little-to-no memory of your appointment. Our licensed anesthesiologist will be present to monitor your vitals and ensure your comfort during and after your procedure.


What is the recovery like?

Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure, and it’s recommended that you rest for a few days after your appointment. Patients generally report minor discomfort that can be mitigated with over-the-counter medication. You can return to normal activities after one week. A soft food diet is required for the next several months as the implants integrate with your jawbone.


How long is the treatment process?

Dental implant treatment can range from a few months to over a year. In many cases, implants can be surgically placed soon after the consultation and treatment plan are complete. For patients needing bone grafting, this may be a separate procedure requiring several months of healing before dental implant surgery. After dental implants are placed, healing can take 3+ months before optimal integration is achieved and a final restoration can be permanently attached. In many cases, patients can wear a temporary restoration during healing.


How do I care for dental implants?

Dental implants are cared for just like natural teeth and require no special maintenance. Brush twice a day and floss once a day. Depending on your restoration, a water flosser may be needed to ensure all food debris is removed.


Do I need dental check-ups?

Yes, you should still maintain your routine dental appointments. Dental implant restorations are resistant to decay but can still develop peri-implantitis. This infection of the gums around the implants develops as a result of bacteria from plaque and tartar buildup. You should maintain your regular dental hygiene routine and see your dentist every six months.


How long can I expect dental implants to last?

Dental implants are designed to last for decades and have the potential to last for the rest of your life. Surgical technology and clinical experience, along with your health habits, ultimately affect the longevity of your implants. Choosing an experienced implant team like ours at Fusion Implant Center provides more precise and accurate surgery that better guarantees the long-term success of your treatment.


What are your payment and financing options?

We partner with multiple financing companies that offer personalized loan terms to make treatment more affordable. Our team is experienced in these financing options and will assist you in applying for a loan. You’ll be able to determine the monthly payment plan that best fits your financial situation and budget.

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