Restoring & Improving Quality Of Life With Dental Implants

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do implants hurt?

Dental implants, done correctly, do not hurt. In fact, science has shown that there are no nerve endings within the bone. This is the exact opposite of teeth, which contain many nerves. That's why it sometimes hurts more to have a tooth fixed than it would be to have an implant placed.

Q: Are implants expensive?

Well, if you ask a bunch of people what is "expensive" to them you'll get a number of different answers. But here is the nuts and bolts. Dental implants on average cost from $1000 to $2000. Mini Dental implants cost about $500 to $1000. Of course, financing is always an option.

Q: Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Sometimes. You have to check with your particular insurance as there are so many different plans out there.

Q: Do I have to pay everything at once?

We do offer discounts to those who decide to pay for all of their treatment at once. However, this is not required. You can finance your treatment and pay monthly, much like a cell phone bill (and sometimes for not that much more).

Q: How long do implants last?

Implants have quite a long life span, compared to other dental materials or services. For example, a filling is anticipated to last about 2 years before needing replacement/repair. For a crown it's about 5 years. For implants once they get past the initial healing stage, they will last upwards of 10, 20, 30+ years.

Q: Can dental implants be used in any part of the mouth?

As long as you have enough bone height and width for the implant and enough space to accommodate the future crown or bridge, yes. Otherwise other options and steps will be needed.

Q: Are bone grafts necessary before implant surgery?

Sometimes yes. It really depends on the amount of existing bone, where the missing tooth is and so much more. This is determined on a case by case basis.

Q: Do I need to take time off from work?

Typically no. Usually you don't want to do anything that requires a lot of physical activity on the day of your surgery. But the next day you can get back to your regular routine.

Q: Do I need to stop my medications before my surgery?

That all depends on what you are taking. During your consultation the doctor will review your medical health history and answer all of your questions.

Dr. Sonny Eslampour is a family dentist located in San Marcos California with extensive training in Dental Implant therapy. Dr. Eslampour treats patients from Carlsbad to south San Diego and Escondido to Temecula for their dental implant needs.
Platinum Dental, Inc. 555 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite 100, San Marcos, CA 92078 Email:

(760) 510-9009