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Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Implants: The Natural Choice

Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. No more humiliating denture slippage… avoiding the foods you love… covering your mouth when you speak. Restore the security, function, comfort and esthetics that you had with your natural teeth.

Dental implants are the natural choice because they:

  • Hold dentures securely in place or in some cases eliminate the need for dentures or partials.
  • Eliminate the need for the dentist to grind down teeth for crowns or bridges.
  • Stop bone loss caused by wearing old-fashioned dentures or partials.


Frequently asked questions

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are artifical tooth roots that Dr. Karp places below the gum line. Your restorative dentist later attaches a crown, the top part of the tooth, to the implant.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Almost anyone who is missing one of more of their natural teeth is a candidate for dental implants.

Does implant placement hurt?

Most patients are pleased to find out that implant procedures usually cause only minimal discomfort. Prior to and during procedures, oral sedation, local anesthesia and intravenous sedation may be used to keep patients comfortable.

How do I know that implants are going to work?

Dental implants have an outstanding success rate — greater than 95%. They are designed to last a lifetime.

Are implants expensive?

Dental implants are replacement body parts that look and function like natural teeth. They give patients the ability to eat, chew, smile, and laugh naturally. Implant patients are very happy after treatment and consider their implants to be an excellent value for the dollar as well as a long-term investment in the quality of their lives.

What is the cost for a basic implant?

Our commitment is to provide patients with the best implant therapy using excellent materials in a cost efficient manner. Our basic implant fee remains at $1,495. Some patients may require additional bone grafting to achieve the best results.

Are there alternatives to implants that are less costly?

Our philosophy is to treat patients once and treat them right. We have found that dental implants are often the most cost-effective treatment over a lifetime. Dental implants are kinder to adjacent teeth than a bridge or partial denture. Dental implants are also more natural, and they help preserve bone, which helps prevent the appearance of premature aging.

How long will I have to be without teeth?

Your existing dentures or partials can be adapted or temporary teeth can be made. As a result, you never have to be without teeth.