FAQ's

If you are thinking about having an implant procedure, chances are you have some questions.  Below are a few of the most common questions from our patients—and if you have additional questions, just give us a call!

Is the implant placement painful?
No, it is usually done under local anesthesia and all procedures will be done in Dr. Shoemaker’s office.

How much pain will I feel after implant placement?
The discomfort you may feel should be minor. Dr. Shoemaker may prescribe medication to alleviate any pain you may have.

How long does it take to place dental implants?
Depending on the location and the number of implants, they may be placed in as little as 30-60 minutes.

What can I eat after having an implant placed?
You will be given a diet outline for the first few days including some soft foods.

How long does placement, healing and construction of the replacement teeth take?
The entire process usually takes anywhere from 3 to 9 months, depending on your treatment plan. This gives the bone time to heal and attach to the implants.

How do I care for my implants?
Home care for your implants consists of brushing and flossing. Regular dental visits are required for long-term health and success.

How long can implants last?
Implants can last many years if cared for properly. Many implants have been in place for more than 40 years.

If an implant fails to adhere to the bone, what happens?
It is extremely uncommon for the implant to not adhere to the bone. However, if this occurs, the implant is removed and the site is allowed to heal.

Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Like most elective procedures, dental implants are not covered by most dental insurance plans. However, the staff at Dr. Shoemaker’s office can explain your payment options.