Dental Implants Provide Plenty to Smile About
Med Dawoud, DMD, FICOI, and founder of D & G Dental, provides gentle and effective care for patients. A highly skilled general dentist, he is particularly passionate about dental implants. Here, Dr. Dawoud explains how implant technology has evolved to make the procedure more affordable for patients.
What technological advances have made implant dentistry an option for more patients?
One that has changed implant dentistry significantly is the development of 3D dental technology. In-office CT scans provide a 3D view of a patient’s mouth, rather than a traditional 2D X-ray. This 3D image is used to assess the anatomy, or jawbone structure, of a patient’s mouth to determine if the patient is a candidate for implants. Digital impression technology ensures the correct size of the replacement tooth. A surgical guide assists in the precise placement of the implant. I often tell patients that I can review the end result before I see the beginning.
How long does it take to get an implant?
It varies. The technology lets us get a lot accomplished in one day oftentimes. Non-removable temporary teeth are placed while the permanent teeth are custom-made and then fitted for each patient. The result is a procedure done in less time that is less invasive and most importantly with minimal discomfort.
Is there a segment of the population more likely to get implants?
Generally, Baby Boomers, 55 to 75 years old, are among those getting full mouth restorations with implants. Implants are more aesthetically pleasing than dentures and bridges and are easy to maintain. Still, any adult can be a candidate for implants.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Because of implants’ popularity, and supply and demand, the cost has dropped. Many dental insurance plans have begun to cover a portion of the procedure. For patients who do not have coverage D & G Dental offers its own discount and payment plans.
Are you an expert in implant dentistry?
I am a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a reflection of my training and experience with implants. I continue to keep up with the latest technologies and educate myself year-round with the latest techniques.