Dental Implants and Mini Dental Implants

example of a dental implant cross-section of the jaw bone
Many of my patients are surprised to learn you don't need to see a specialist or oral surgeon to have a dental implant or mini implant placed. Dentists like me, who have gone on to take post graduate implant training, are able to place dental implants as well as mini implants right in our office.

This is great news to our patients since they can have their implants from start to finish in one office. Also, dental implant costs are significantly lower when placed by a dentist versus an oral surgeon; making dental implants a more affordable treatment. We can also offer lower cost bone grafts and extractions if needed. For more involved cases we work closely with a specialist.

Below are some videos from current dental implant patients, as well as a video about the implant process. If you find yourself with questions or concerns please contact us. We are happy to talk through the process, insurance coverage and even take a quick look to make sure you feel comfortable and confident with your decision.

Does dental insurance cover dental implants?

Absolutely. Dental Insurance usually covers as much as 50% of the total cost of your dental implant. However, every dental insurance plan is different so we would need to check with your plan. Just call or e-mail our office to set up a free consultation appointment. We will give you an insurance estimate of your copay after we make sure you’re a candidate for dental implants.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants or mini dental implants can have a wide range. It is important to find out what procedures you will need before you start comparing prices. Some offices will give you a discount on implants if you have all of the procedures done in their office - implant, abutment, crown etc.

My office likes to give patients one price for implants which includes the surgery, followup visits, abutment and the final crown. This way there are no “hidden costs” or surprises at the end. Since every insurance plan is different there is not a single price to quote. The average cash price of a dental implant, abutment and crown is about $3,800 (but can be lower depending upon how many teeth you are doing at once). If you need bone grafts or sinus lifts the cost will be different. It may be also be different if you have dental insurance.

What is the dental implant procedure or process?

Many patients are concerned about the process or procedure to place a dental implant. Once they find out how common and well understood the treatment is they are able to relax. Most dental implants can be placed in an hour or so. Once placed you will return to our office for a followup visit to make sure everything is healing properly. Then about four to six months later we will place the final crown and abutment. Below I have posted a video on YouTube that illustrates the implant process.

Dental implants and dentures, bridges & partials

beautiful woman smiling about her new dental implants
Dental implants and mini dental implants can be use to hold dentures, bridges and partial dentures securely in place. Many patients have a hard time keeping their dentures and partials comfortably in place all day. Even more so when they are eating hard, brittle food or even worse, sticky, chewy food.

In recent years it has become very common to use mini dental implants or full dental implants to solve this problem. The results are amazing. Imagine having your denture or partial lock into place during the day, and then be able to remove it for cleaning and sleep. Dental implants can make his possible.

How long do dental implants take?

Though every implant case is unique we allow four to six months of healing time once the implant is placed. During this time your natural bone is growing up to and integrating with your newly place dental implant. Implants are made of titanium which is safe, strong and light. Once the bone has healed around your implant we place the abutment and the crown. This is the last step. Start to finish usually takes five to six months.

Have questions about dental implants or mini dental implants?

E-mail or call us: 650-583-5880

Dr. Sherry Tsai provides dental implants and mini dental implants in Millbrae, San Bruno, Burlingame, San Mateo and the Bay Area

88 Capuchino Dr.  
Millbrae CA 94030

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