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Dental Implants

Is dental implant pricing expensive?

Dental implant pricing in total can actually be less than other tooth replacement options. That is especially true if you use a dental implant dentist who has the proper education and training because dental implants can last for years and years. Many other ways to replace your teeth may seem like they have lower pricing, but they need to be maintained or replaced continually, and that cost really adds up.

How much do dental implants cost?

If you truly want the lowest possible cost in a high quality dental implant, the answer is that it depends on your mouth. Dental implants are customized for your unique teeth and mouth. Jenny Ngai offers a variety of options and gives the pros and cons of each. What we don’t want is to present only the most expensive solution or the opposite situation in which the super low price being advertised doesn’t cover everything you need, or might be of a different quality. We can’t overstate the importance of having a qualified, experienced dental implant dentist examine your mouth and give you a quote before you commit to the procedure.

Below are common variables affecting dental implant pricing:

  • Number of implants supporting a crown or bridge
  • Number of crowns and or a bridge
  • Necessity of a bone graft to build supporting structure
  • Quality of the bone graft
  • Type of implant and implant material

Will dental insurance cover my dental implants?

While you will love dental implants because of how they look and feel, an increasing number of insurance companies have started providing some coverage for dental implants because they realize the unique health benefits of dental implants. If yours doesn’t, we will ask your insurance to give you an allowance towards implants equal to the cost of a bridge or traditional dentures. You should definitely also ask Jenny Ngai about financing and payment options, as we understand how much tooth replacement needs to look natural and don’t slip or click, and will do everything we can do help you get dental implants.

How do dental implants work?

First, the dental implant, usually a cylindrical and/or tapered post made of titanium, is placed surgically into the jawbone. As you heal, your implant will osseointegrate, or fuse with, your natural jawbone, with the two growing together to form a strong and long-lasting foundation for your replacement teeth. This healing process can take weeks to months while you proceed with your everyday life in between appointments. Once the implant bonds with the jawbone, a small connector – called an abutment – is placed on top of the dental implant to connect the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth. An individual tooth, an implant-supported bridge or dentures containing multiple teeth are then attached to the abutment.

Sometimes in more demanding cases, where the patient has had a missing tooth for a extended period of time, the surrounding bone structure will need to be rebuilt to fully support an implant. That’s when we’ll go in an insert powdered bone into the opening, and wait a few months for that bone to osseointegrate into the necessary bone structure to fully support a new dental implant.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry when performed by a trained and experienced dental implant dentist. A dental implant is the strongest device available to support replacement teeth and it allows your replacement teeth to feel, look and work completely naturally. With the right type of crown and an experienced dentist, they can be completely undetectable to the naked eye. In addition, dental implants are the only restoration method that stimulates your natural bone underneath the missing tooth.

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Teeth Whitening

Is teeth whitening safe?

Many people wish their teeth were whiter, but some are nervous about the effects of bleaching. So, is teeth whitening safe? … The active bleaching ingredient in most whitening products is carbamide peroxide, which yields hydrogen peroxide, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

How long does it last when you whiten your teeth?

The effects of whitening are thought to last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth. Ask your dental team for their opinion before you start the treatment.

Is whitening your teeth covered by insurance?

Dental insurance does not typically cover teeth whitening because it is a cosmetic procedure. Traditional insurance is not always your last resort, however. There are several different whitening methods available, including discount dental plans, which may provide the coverage you need.

Can teeth whitening damage your gums?

In-office teeth whitening, just like any other peroxide-based bleaching method, can create side effects. The most common ones are tooth and gum sensitivity or irritation. They can occur either during or after your bleaching session. However, with a highly trained dentist conducting the treatment, these effects can be largely eliminated altogether with any minor sensitivity subsiding within a few weeks.

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Smile Makeovers

What are my options to repair damaged teeth?

One of the fastest, most affordable, and most conservative options is dental bonding. Bonding is the process of using the same tooth-colored composite resin that we use to fill cavities to fill in chips or conceal other flaws and blend in with your enamel so well that most people will never be able to tell that you’ve had dental work done.

Another popular solution for chips and other damage is porcelain veneers. These thin, tooth-shaped shells are bonded to the fronts of your teeth and can correct an incredible array of flaws. Veneers do take longer than bonding because they are crafted in a dental lab, but you will still have a new smile in just a few short weeks.

How much does a smile makeover cost?

Jenny Ngai understands that our patients may be concerned about the sticker price once they hear that smile makeover typically encompasses more than one procedure. Many of our patients have found the benefits from smile makeover have far outlasted the cost, but for those with a limited budget we proudly offer many financing options and accept a variety of dental insurances to help alleviate the costs. Our practice works in tandem with CareCredit and Lending Club Financial services, both of which provide financing for beauty, health and wellness procedures and treatments for patients like you.

How do we decide what's needed for a full smile makeover?

This will depend on the specific features of your teeth, gums, and jaw, and which of these features you would like to change. During your free consultation, you and one of our doctors can discuss this, and he or she will make a recommendation based on his many years of experience.

Does dental insurance cover smile makeovers?

If the procedures are also restorative in nature, insurance may cover some aspects. Generally speaking, cosmetic dental procedures are not covered by insurance because they are not considered medically necessary.

If you’re ready to experience the beauty of a healthy smile, contact us today!

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Dental Bonding

What is dental bonding used for?

If you have chipped off just a small piece of tooth enamel, your dentist may repair the damage with a filling. If the repair is to a front tooth or can be seen when you smile, your dentist will likely use a procedure called bonding, which uses a tooth-colored composite resin. It’s much cheaper than a veneer or a dental implant or crown, but the tradeoff is that it isn’t as strong either. But that doesn’t mean it won’t last just as long. A skilled cosmetic dentist when appropriately applying bonding techniques can shape the area to receive little to no bite impact when chewing or jaw movement occurs so it may last just as long as any other teeth while continuing to enhance the look of your smile.

How long does tooth bonding last?

Composite bonding won’t last as long as veneers, but you should be able to wear them for up to 10 years successfully. Nonetheless, this means taking proper care of your teeth by avoiding hard candy, ice cubes and similar substances that can crack the composite material.

Is tooth bonding worth it?

Teeth Bonding Cost. Costs of dental bonding vary depending on your specific dental conditions, amount of teeth that need cosmetic repair, additional procedures performed in conjunction, and the dentist performing the operation.

Does dental insurance cover porcelain veneers?

Jenny Ngai will have financing and payment options for you. We first attempt to bill your insurance and if everything is not covered we will invoice you for the balance. We also offer payment plans and financing options as well. The good news is that financing does not usually have to be a barrier to improving your smile or dealing with a dental emergency.

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Ceramic Veneers

How do veneers work?

Veneers are created in a dental laboratory using very thin porcelain. Great attention is paid to the details so that the veneers look realistic. Before the veneers are created, your dentist will typically create an impression of your teeth and a model of your mouth for correct sizing and shaping. Finally, to ensure that the color is natural and matches your other teeth, a shade guide is used to select the most fitting color.

What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?

Natural-looking Teeth: Like tooth enamel, porcelain is white and translucent as well. This means light reflects off porcelain just as it does with tooth enamel; reflecting off the layer that is underneath them. The layer under enamel is the yellow dentin and the layer under porcelain is the dental adhesive that bonds it to the teeth. Therefore, porcelain veneers look natural and make your teeth look naturally white.

Stain Resistant: Stains roll or wipe off porcelain just as they do with glass, thanks to porcelain being ceramic. Thus, porcelain veneers are made not just to whiten your teeth initially but to keep them white, even if you often consume stain-producing foods and beverages.

How long do veneers last?

In general, porcelain dental veneers are stronger than teeth but may wear and damage similar to regular teeth. Imperfections and or damage may eventually occur as you may accidentally bite hard and chip it on a rock/stone/hard object, or you may be a teeth grinder when you sleep, in which case it’s recommended you wear a night guard to protect your dental veneer investment.

Depending on how they wear, veneers can last from seven to twenty years or much longer. While the veneer itself is inert and non-living, the tooth or teeth to which they are attached and the surrounding gum tissues are living and may change, so you want to keep your gums and jawbone healthy with regular hygiene and checkups.

Are veneers worth it?

Dental veneers are a reliable solution for people with discoloured, worn down, chipped, misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth. Veneers are frequently used to close a gap that may exist between your front teeth. They have the ability to completely transform your smile or repair a damaged tooth. Ask your Jenny Ngai about the various options that can affect the pricing and effectiveness of a dental veneer solution.

Does dental insurance cover porcelain veneers?

It depends on your dental insurance. Some insurance companies will cover up to 50% of a fee they see as reasonable, but don’t expect payment without first discussing the procedure with your dentist and insurance provider.

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