Cosmetic Dentistry FAQ's

At Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we welcome all sorts of questions from our patients. As you go through your first consultation, feel free to ask Dr. Roberto Velasco any question you would like. The only dumb question is the question that is not asked!

Below, we have compiled a list of some of the most common questions that patients ask. Feel free to look through and send us a message if you any additional questions or need clarification on a subject.

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1. How long will implants last?

Dental Implants can last a lifetime with proper hygiene.

2. Can my body reject implants?

The implant may be rejected due to a titanium allergy, highly uncommon. Sometimes implants do not fuse properly with the bone or an infection sets in. In these cases, the implant is removed until the area is healed and another implant is set in place.

3. What are the chances of Bone Graft being successful?

The success rate for bone grafts for the purpose of dental implants is very high. There is a small chance that a bone graft will fail and the failure rate is higher in smokers and those with certain medical conditions. In the event of a failure, the failed graft will be removed and a second graft can be attempted once the area has healed.

4. How much do implants cost?

The price of dental implants varies on a case by case basis. Our patients can receive an accurate quote by scheduling and attending a free consultation.
At Uptown, we help keep the costs down for our patients through our all-in-one approach. Consultations, dental procedures, and dental prosthetic fabrication all take place in one location. Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry also offers different financing options. Many patients qualify for financing, and our Patient Education Consultants help them discover ways to fit the cost of dental implants into their budgets.
We often tell people not to let the cost of dental implants hold them back from changing their lives. A healthier, happier smile may be closer than you think.

5. Does dental insurance cover implants or are they considered cosmetic?

Generally, dental insurance does not cover implants. Coverage may be possible depending on your plan and the cause of tooth loss. Schedule a consultation to determine your specific needs and discuss your coverage with your insurance provider.

6. What are implants made out of?

The implants, or the part that integrates into the jawbone, are made of titanium or a titanium alloy.

7. Is it safe to have numerous implants or have them next to each other?

Yes, it is safe to have dental implants next to each other. There are many options available for teeth replacement. Our specialists will develop a plan that will best fit your needs.

8. Can I get the implants placed by a general dentist?

A small number of general dentists, who have received additional training, are performing basic implant operations. Dr. Velasco of Uptown Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry are prosthodontists who specialize in teeth restoration and replacement. Their extensive training and experience will ensure a much higher success rate and customer satisfaction in even complex cases.

9. What is the recovery time after I get an implant?

Recovery time is determined on a case by case basis. For a single implant, many people return to work the next day. Having multiple implants placed may require up to two weeks. For a few days you will need to stick to a soft foods only diet.

10. How long does the healing take?

The entire process usually takes about two to nine months, depending on your treatment plan. There are two main phases: First the implants have to heal by fusing to the bone, and then the tooth replacement restorations have to be fabricated and attached.

11. What can I eat and can’t the next couple days after getting my implants?

After receiving your implants, it is best to remain on a soft food only diet for a few days.

12. Can I eat or bite anything after I get my final crown?

After you receive the final crown, you may resume eating normally. Your dental crowns will look, feel and function better than the decayed and damaged teeth that have been replaced.

13. Do you have a monthly payment plan?

At Uptown Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we have financing options available for all patients, and we are dedicated to helping you find a way to afford your treatment with our third party lenders.

14. Why is better to get an implant instead of a bridge?

Dental implants out-perform traditional bridges in function, durability, and aesthetic appeal. Bridges require the removal of the enamel of neighboring teeth whereas implants allow you to retain as many as your natural teeth as possible. Patients with crown-supported bridges also face a higher risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

15. What type of anesthesia do I get?

The method of anesthesia that is chosen for or by a patient depends upon the nature of the surgical procedure and the patient’s level of apprehension. Local anesthetic is used for simple oral surgeries, administered to the surgery site, and the patient remains conscious. Nitrous Oxide Sedation with local anesthetic is used for simple to complex surgery, is administered via breathing apparatus, and the patient remains conscious in a relaxed state. Intravenous anesthesia with local anesthetic is used for all types of surgery, is administered through an IV line, and the patient falls asleep.