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Dental Implants

What are implants made out of?

The dental implant posts are made from titanium. We use this metal because it’s biocompatible, which means it fuses with your jawbone for increased stability and durability that lasts. The fusion between the implant and bone can prevent or reverse the bone loss that happens when you lose one or more teeth.

How much do dental implants cost?

Implants are typically more expensive than traditional removable dentures, but it’s a worthwhile investment in your oral health. The full cost of your implant procedure will depend on your overall treatment needs, such as the extent of restoration required to complete your smile. Our team will provide you with a complete breakdown of all costs and payment options during your consultation.

Do you offer financing?

Yes, we do. We've partnered with CareCredit and LendingClub to offer affordable dental financing plans to cover the cost of implants and all associated services and procedures.

Do implants hurt?

You will require a minor surgical procedure to place the implants in your jaw. Following your procedure, it’s normal to experience some pain and swelling while your mouth heals. Our team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions and prescribed pain relievers (as needed) to help you manage any discomfort you may experience.

How long do implants last?

Your artificial tooth (called a crown) will only last 10-15 years before it needs to be replaced due to normal wear and tear. The implant itself fuses to your jawbone and can provide a stable foundation for your replacement tooth for the rest of your life with good oral hygiene and at-home care.

What if I don’t get an implant?

If you’ve lost one or more teeth, it’s important to replace them as soon as you can. Missing teeth can impact your oral health as well as your overall physical well-being, causing problems biting, chewing, and eating properly. You also have a greater chance of developing gum disease, TMJ, crooked teeth, and other issues if you go without replacing your missing teeth.


What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign orthodontic aligners are transparent and are barely noticeable when you speak or smile. The aligners are also removable, so you can enjoy your favorite meals and snacks without damaging your aligners or impacting your treatment. This makes Invisalign an excellent choice for busy adults or teens involved in sports activities in which metal braces present challenges.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Invisalign is a flexible treatment that can be tailored to your needs. We’ll have to perform a full assessment of your teeth during your consultation so we can provide you with a breakdown of all treatment costs. That said, Invisalign is comparable to the cost of braces, making it affordable for most patients.

Do you offer financing?

Yes, we do. We've partnered with CareCredit and LendingClub to offer affordable dental financing plans to cover the cost of Invisalign and all associated services and procedures.

Can teens get Invisalign?

Yes, teens can benefit from Invisalign treatment. Many young patients may be candidates for clear aligners, so be sure to talk to our team about an Invisalign consultation for your teen or tween.


Are veneers permanent?

Veneers are a permanent cosmetic procedure. They need a thin layer of enamel to be removed from your teeth prior to placement and are bonded to the remaining tooth structure. For this reason, only a trained dental professional can make repairs or adjustments to your veneers.

How long do veneers last?

The lifespan of your veneer depends on the type you choose, and your veneers will eventually need to be repaired or replaced just like any other dental work. Porcelain veneers typically last 10-15 years. Veneers made from composite resin will typically last 5-7 years.

Do veneers hurt?

Generally, no. Patients who receive 2-4 porcelain veneers typically experience no discomfort. However, patients who receive eight or more veneers may experience some sensitivity or tenderness in the gums. That said, if you choose composite resin veneers, you will most likely be able to receive your smile makeover without the need for tooth preparation or any significant pressure placed on the individual teeth.

How long does it take to get veneers?

It depends on the type of veneer that’s right for your smile. With porcelain veneers, You can expect the process to take 3-4 weeks. You’ll visit our office 2-3 times during this time, from your initial consultation to the final fitting and application. Because composite resin veneers can be applied directly to the tooth’s surface and sculpted in place without tooth preparation, you can typically receive this type of veneer in 1-2 visits.

What kind of veneers can I get?

We offer high-quality veneers made from porcelain or composite resin. Each material is chosen for its strength, durability, and lifelike appearance.

Dental Cleanings

Do dental cleanings hurt?

No, cleanings are handled by trained dental hygienists who understand how to provide you with a comfortable experience. Your hygienist will gently yet thoroughly clean and floss your teeth. Patients currently living with gum disease may experience some tenderness or bleeding. However, you can prevent discomfort by going to the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

How often should I see the dentist?

Every smile is different and requires a different level of care. However, the American Dental Association recommends visiting your trusted local dentist every six months. This helps our team diagnose problems as they arise and gives the prompt treatment recommendations you need to achieve and maintain a healthy smile.

Do you offer financing?

Yes, we do. Our office has partnered with CareCredit and LendingClub to offer dental financing. We also offer affordable dental membership plans to cover the cost of your family's preventive visits and general dental care.

How can you help me relax at the dentist's?

We offer a complete menu of comforting amenities to help you feel right at home, including TVs in all treatment rooms, blankets and pillows, warm scented towels, and music on headphones so you can relax during your procedure.


Do you offer sedation?

Yes, we do. We offer gentle laughing gas sedation to help you relax and reduce any pain or discomfort you’re experiencing as a result of your condition.

Will you see me if I don’t have insurance?

Yes, we welcome uninsured patients and offer a dental savings plan to cover the cost of routine services. We also offer flexible financing options to help you cover all out-of-pocket expenses. No matter your dental needs, we will find the right solution for your budget!

Is an emergency dental exam expensive?

The total cost of your treatment will depend on your case and unique needs. That said, we do everything we can to offer affordable dental care at transparent prices, including all emergency services.

Can you see me today?

We do everything we can to see you! That’s why we offer same-day or next-day appointments to get you in as quickly as possible. Walk-ins are accepted as scheduling permits. We can’t guarantee appointment times, so be sure to call us in case of an accident or emergency.

Should I go to the ER for a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies can sometimes be frightening and we understand your first instinct may be to go to the hospital. But unless you’re experiencing severe symptoms of uncontrolled bleeding or swelling, you should contact your local dentist right away.

Teeth Whitening

Do over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments work?

Yes, but they contain weaker bleaching gels than the kinds of options available at our office. This is why over-the-counter and at-home whitening solutions take many uses over days or weeks to deliver visible results. Buying drugstore alternatives such as whitening toothpaste, rinses, whitening strips, and kits can also add up over time. A session at our office can provide instant results that may take weeks and multiple at-home treatments to achieve, saving you time and money.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, teeth whitening is a very safe procedure. Our peroxide-based bleaching treatments use specifically formulated ingredients that brighten teeth and strengthen enamel. We always want you to leave with healthier teeth than when you arrived, and that philosophy extends to our cosmetic procedures, as well.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

Generally, no, teeth whitening is a very comfortable procedure. You may experience some temporary sensitivity in your teeth after whitening, especially if you have issues with your gums such as tenderness or existing irritation. However, our team takes every precaution to minimize any discomfort you may feel. We use gentle products that lift stains from your teeth without causing irritation.

Fort Union Family Dental is here to make you smile.