The Value and Cost of Dental Implants
Ivan Ho, DDS, Smile Transformation Specialist in Orange County
Expert Implant Dentist Ivan Ho explains the differences in implant treatment quality, success, and cost.
Cost of Dental Implants in Orange County
How can you be sure that you are getting the best value for your money?
Did you know that every tooth plays a role in helping us eat, speak, and smiling with ease? Whether you already have missing teeth, or your dentist has just told you that one of your teeth needs to be removed, the impact can be devastating. No one likes the idea of having to live without their teeth or having an imperfect smile.
While costs can vary, dental implant treatment in Orange County can be expensive. Does that mean that you should go to the dentist who charges the least? Certainly not. If you were going to have heart surgery, would you want to find the cheapest surgeon possible to cut open your chest? Likewise, dental implants are a long-term investment; you must prioritize the quality and durability of treatment over the cost.
If you are considering dental implants, then you need to be aware of not only the cost of dental implants but of the implant placement surgical procedure as well. Since implants are the latest standard of care for tooth replacement, it is unlikely that they will be covered by your dental insurance. Most insurance companies will only cover partial costs of older treatments.
At Pro Smiles, Dr. Ivan Ho recommends that you take those things into consideration while planning your Orange County dental implant surgery. After all, dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. Once placed, they cannot be taken out without causing considerable damage to the underlying bone – and significantly reducing the chances of success of future implant therapy. More importantly, you will be relying on them every day to eat, to speak, and to complete your smile. Isn’t it imperative that they are done right – the FIRST time?
Financing Options for Dental Implants
Dr. Ivan Ho understands that the cost of dental implants treatment is very high. Many people avoid getting treatment just because they are unable to afford the cost of dental implants. Here, at Pro Smiles Orange County, we wish to make implants accessible to everyone – regardless of their socioeconomic status. That is why we offer many financing options for our patients through Care Credit and other financial services programs. You can apply for financing at our office, and we will do everything possible to help you get the care you need.
What questions should you ask your prospective implant dentist?
Top Orange County Implant Dentist Ivan Ho believes that educated patients can make better decisions in consultation with their dentists regarding their dental treatment. That is why he encourages prospective implant patients to research thoroughly about implant dentistry before they visit any dentist. He wants you to question every dentist that you are considering. Here are a few questions that you should ask an implant dentist during your first appointment.
What experience do you have in implant dentistry?
You will find many dentists in Orange County who would be willing to replace your missing teeth with dental implants. But are they really experienced enough to do so? Before you consent to the treatment, enquire how many years of experience the dentist has in implant treatment? A dentist may have years of experience in general dentistry. Still, he or she may not be necessarily experienced in restoring teeth with implants. That is why you need to select a dentist who is sufficiently trained and experienced in implant surgery. Dr. Ivan Ho and his team have placed thousands of dental implants and he has achieved Mastership status from the International Congress of Oral Implantology. With his experience and skill, you can rest assured that you will get a lasting, healthy, and naturally beautiful smile with implants.
Who will be performing my implant surgery?
Before you choose an implant dentist, you should ask about their training and experience. Some general dentists will perform implant surgery themselves. Others will refer you to an oral surgeon or another specialist for your surgery and have you return to their office months later to have a crown placed on your implant. We recommend that you choose an implant surgeon who offers all services under one roof.
Dr. Ivan Ho is a world-class periodontal surgeon. Dr. Ivan Ho has many years of experience in implant surgery. He uses cutting-edge technology and the finest materials from the best implant companies in the world, to make sure that your new teeth are durable and natural-looking.
What technology will you be using to plan my surgery?
Implant posts are placed deep into a patient’s jawbone. To be successful, they must be placed carefully into bone, and not the soft tissue. The implant must be placed at a viable angle so that there is enough room for attaching the artificial tooth crown. The implants must also be sufficiently long and wide to bear loads generated during eating. Your dentist should take as many x-rays and scans as he or she possibly can, including a 3D x-ray so that your surgery can be planned down to the tiniest detail.
At his Orange County office, Dr. Ivan Ho will make low-radiation, three-dimensional scans of your head, and jaws in just 14 seconds. These images allow him to precisely plan your implant surgery and ensure that you get a healthy and beautiful smile.
Dr. Ivan Ho believes that proper planning is one of the most crucial aspects of successful tooth replacement with dental implants. He finds that at least 30% of patients come to him as a result of failed implant procedures performed by other dentists. Most of these failures occur as a result of inadequate or poor planning before implant placement.
In Dr. Ivan Ho’s office, we will plan your entire implant surgery using high-resolution 3D images of your teeth and the jaws. Our 3D scanning system takes over 200 individual, low-radiation x-rays in about 14 seconds. Dr. Ivan Ho then visualizes these 3D images using the Nobel software, which allows him to visualize your teeth and jaws from virtually every angle possible. Dr. Ivan Ho will perform your surgery virtually on the computer before he begins your actual surgery. This is to make sure that you do not experience any surprises during the actual surgery.
How long will I have to wait before I have my new tooth?
Many dental offices ask their patients to wait at least six months before they can attach a crown or a suitable prosthesis on the implants. Would you be willing to be without your teeth for months – let alone four to six months? For most people, it is impossible. That is why Dr. Ivan Ho offers same-day tooth implants. Immediately after inserting your implants, we will place temporary acrylic crowns on them. In this way, you will get your implants and natural-looking temporary crowns – that look just like the natural teeth – on the same day of your implant surgery.
Once your implants have become fully bonded with the surrounding bone, we will replace the temporary crowns with permanent ones. Thanks to the contemporary procedures employed by Dr. Ivan Ho, healing of the surgical implant sites is very rapid. In contrast to the 6-8 months recovery period recommended by other dentists, you can expect your implants to become fully bonded with the jawbone in less than four months. Most importantly, you won’t be toothless while you wait for healing to take place. Dr. Ivan Ho creates extremely high-quality acrylic crowns that perfectly match with your own teeth, and comfortably fit your bite.
How do I know that my procedure will be safe and pain-free?
Like any other surgical procedure, there are associated risks such as infection of the surgical site, excessive or underuse of local anesthesia. These risks are minimized when you choose a dentist who has undergone specialized training in implant dentistry. When you visit a prospective dentist, you must enquire about the facilities available in the operatory, and the success rate of the surgeon in treating implant cases.
In Dr. Ivan Ho’s office, we pride ourselves on the clean and beautiful spa quality of our operatories. Dr. Ivan Ho has patients who visit from all over the world, just to take advantage of our state-of-the-art, comfortable, and relaxing facilities at his office. Dr. Ivan Ho uses high tech equipment to enhance the success rate of implant surgery and to ensure that you remain comfortable and pain-free during the entire procedure. From computer-directed injections to laser sterilization of the surgical site, we will take every possible precaution to ensure the safety and success of your procedure.
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