Frequently Asked Questions

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Thank you for your interest Illume Dental in McKinney, TX. On this page, you'll find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you still have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.

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  • Are there any alternatives to dental implants?

    Yes, there are alternative options for replacing missing teeth, including bridges and dentures. However, dental implants have become the preferred choice due to their durability, convenience, and natural look and feel.

  • What are the indicators that dental implants are suitable for me?

    Dental implants can be a viable choice if you have gaps in your teeth or if you are dissatisfied with your existing dentures. However, it’s essential to consult with your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Factors such as overall health, bone density, and gum disease will be taken into consideration when determining eligibility for dental implants.

  • Is it possible for my insurance to cover the expenses related to dental implants?

    Generally, insurance plans do not cover dental implants, although there might be some plans that provide partial coverage. Verify with your insurance provider or your local dentist regarding the specific details of your plan’s coverage.

  • How long do dental implants last?

    Dental implants can have a lifetime span when given proper care. However, it is crucial to uphold excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits to your dentist to safeguard the longevity of your implants.

  • Are there any potential risks or complications that come with dental implants? 

    Like any surgical procedure, there are certain factors to consider such as the possibility of infection, nerve damage, or implant failure. Nevertheless, the success rate for dental implants is generally quite high, and the majority of patients typically do not encounter any major complications.

  • Can I still get dental implants if I have gum disease?

    Yes. In other cases, people with gum disease may still be eligible for dental implants. However, it’s essential to address the gum disease first and ensure that your mouth is healthy enough to support the implants.

  • How do I care for my dental implants?

    Maintaining dental implants requires similar care as natural teeth. We recommend brushing twice daily, floss regularly, and schedule routine check-ups and cleanings with your dentist. Additionally, it is crucial to avoid habits such as smoking, as they can heighten the chances of implant failure.

  • Is getting dental implants painful?

    Most patients report little to no pain during the dental implant procedure. You may experience some minor discomfort after the surgery, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

  • How long does the dental implant procedure take?

    The length of the procedure varies depending on several factors, such as the number of implants being placed and any necessary preparatory procedures. In most cases, the entire process can take anywhere from three to nine months.

  • Who is a candidate for dental implants?

    Most adults with healthy gums and sufficient jawbone density are good candidates for dental implants. However, certain factors may affect your eligibility, such as chronic health conditions like diabetes or tobacco use.