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Dental Implants by Dr. Joe Kravitz

Questions & Answers

I was told by another dentist that I don’t have enough bone, and that I’m not a good candidate for a dental implant…how true is that?

We get this question a lot. The short answer is that most of the time it’s not true.

Anybody can be a candidate for a dental implant. Some patients might not have enough bone to get an implant but Dr. Kravitz has a way of making it possible through doing bone grafting or altering your existing bone.  Many times Dr. Kravitz can alter your bone to improve the clinical success without grafting.

We also recommend a digital x-ray (lower radiation to you) or 3D x-ray (CT scan) to measure how much bone is present or missing. We try to avoid excessive x-rays to reduce radiation to you.  Sometimes many x-rays are required to improve and evaluate the outcome.

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a way of replacing a patient’s missing bone with a synthetic material.

Some dentists use a patient’s own bone. However, based on thoroughly substantiated scientific research, synthetic material has more success than using a patient’s own bone and at lower risk.  We are trying to maximize success and lower the risk to the patient.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for 3 Minute Implant?

Many people are candidates for these amazing techniques. The first step is to make an appointment and get a thorough examination by Dr. Joe Kravitz.

Get started by completing our → quick contact form.

For those who aren’t candidates, there are numerous advanced treatments that provide dental restoration quickly and painlessly. Again, it all starts with reaching out and getting in touch with us.

How much does an initial exam cost?

The fee is $195 for a new patient exam. Diagnostic X-rays are additional and start at $40 and up.

How long will the procedures take?

Dr. Joe will only take 3 minutes to place one implant. Most of the time will be used for administering the anesthetic and making the patient feel comfortable.

There is no rushing.  No shortcuts.  No compromises.  No gimmicks.  Proper preparation leads to clinical success and beautiful teeth for you.  We realize that it may be difficult for others to understand how we do it so quickly, accurately and beautifully.  But, we do.  And have for a long time.

Am I going to be under general anesthesia or just local anesthesia for this procedure?

We use local anesthesia most of the time.

There is a small fraction of patients who are very anxious while undergoing any dental procedure…such patients have the option of doing the procedure under nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas – ha, ha, ha).  This lowers your apprehension about dental treatment.  It makes it easier for you.  In rare case we work with an anesthesiologist to work under general anesthesia (but at a higher risk to you – that’s why it’s rare).

Are there any medications that I should take or stop taking before the surgery?

Studies show that people that take an antibiotic before surgery have an 80% decreased chance of complications.  We will recommend several medications that you start a day before the surgery, based on your unique health condition.  Some people will not take or tolerate medications.

There’s no reason to be distressed or concerned about other medications that you’re currently taking.

How much pain will I encounter after the surgery?

Very minimal because of the technique that Dr. Joe will be using.

He successfully developed a way to place an implant that’s going to be no sharp scalpels, no irritating stitches and no excessive bleeding.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the least…most patients experience a level 1 or 2.  It is very, very rare that a patient will experience level 10.

Can I go back to work after the surgery?

You definitely can.

In one particular case, a patient had surgery and went out dancing that very same night! Some go back to work immediately but everybody is different.

You have to use your own judgment about how you feel and when you’re ready to work (because it also depends on what you do for work).

Am I going to have teeth while the implant is healing?

Definitely. Dr. Kravitz will never let you walk around without any teeth.  We strive to make goo looking teeth.  Real teeth. With real looking gums too.  No “chicklets” here.

By placing teeth at the same time as surgery, it allows your bone and gum tissues to grow towards the new teeth.  If no teeth are used at the time of surgery, you will lose 40-60% of the bone and gum tissues in the area.  Ouch!  And it looks bad too…

SO, its much better for you to place teeth immediately, the same day.  New teeth = new you.

When am I going to have my permanent teeth?

In our office, most patients leave our office with a natural looking set of teeth or tooth.  It will either be temporary or definitive.  the teeth are made in our in-house prosthodontic (tooth) laboratory.  Come check it out.  It’s pretty cool.

Healing time for everybody is different. It will depend on how dense your bone is.

Healing time could range from 1 month to 4 months or even up to 6 months for some patients. Once the implant has healed, then we can start making your permanent teeth.

How much will my total cost be for the implant?

Every case for every patient is different. Dr. Kravitz needs to do a thorough examination before he can determine how much it will cost you.

For example, if you’ve had a missing tooth for a long time, you might not have enough bone there. If not, then there’s an extra cost for the bone grafting when compared to the situation of not needing a graft.  In others cases, you may have been told by other dentists that you need a bone graft.  Dr. Kravitz may be able to place the dental implant without bone grafting, thereby saving you time, pain and money.

Do you participate in any particular dental insurance plans?

We do not participate in any specific plans; however, we can help you maximize your dental benefits from your dental insurance by providing whatever your insurance company may need to process your claims such as dental x-rays, probing, and other documents needed to get your money back.

Do you have any idea about how much dental insurance will cover for this procedure?

Most dental insurances with cover preventive treatments, surgical treatments such as extractions, bone grafting, and fillings.  Most of the time dental insurance doesn’t cover implants but will cover the restorative part.  There are also “High Option” dental insurance plans that cover more extensive dental treatments such as dental implants.  There is usually a one year wait before the benefit can kick in.  PPO’s cover more than HMO’s.

Ask us more about this topic should you need assistance.

Here’s a WikiAnswers article about companies that have added coverage for implants.

What are the costs for additional treatments?

We understand that cost is of primary concern. We make it a point to clearly explain your specific dental needs and the costs involved.

Fees are discussed during appointments, and we’re pleased to offer several financial options to help make treatment possible.

Do you have any payment plans or do you require payment up front?

Dental health care is an excellent investment in a person’s medical and psychological well-being.  Dental treatment has been shown in scientific studies to decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, blindness, loss of limbs, and loss of memory such as Alzheimer’s.

Most patients pay for treatment at the time of service.  We are very flexible with receiving payments. We’ll work with your particular financial situation.

We can offer Care Credit or Springstone Financial which are good options to finance your dental health care. We also accept all major credit cards.

 

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes. We’re pleased to share that we are NOW accepting new patients at our Rockville office. It’s requested that first-time patients arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment to fill out paperwork.

What are the things that I should do before getting the surgery?

The first thing that we recommend is to see Dr. Kravitz for a consultation. Even if you’ve already seen a dentist for a consultation, you still have to see Dr. Kravitz just to confirm the kind of treatment that you actually need.

We find it beneficial to “begin with the end in mind”.  This acts as a blueprint to build a beautiful smile!  Be appreciative and grateful for the investment in you.  You deserve it.

Please take a few moments to fill out our → quick contact form.

How long until I can get an appointment?

We are fully aware of how it can be frustrating to wait for an appointment to see a dentist. Our commitment is to make it possible for every patient to see one of our dentists within 24-hours of their call.

Naturally, we’ll make every possible attempt to accommodate your schedule. Patients are also welcome to book reservations days and weeks in advance. An easy way to get started is to → fill out our quick contact form.

What if I have to cancel or reschedule my appointment on short notice?

We understand that occasions arise on short notice where appointments will need to be canceled or changed. Please notify us in advance as much as possible. Note that we reserve the right to impose a failure-to-show fee in some cases.

I had a very bad experience with my previous dentist…how is Dr. Kravitz different from other dentists?

The past does not equal the future.  Dr. Kravitz listens to patients and is not judgmental. He will help patients achieve what they really want. You will most certainly find that out yourself when you meet him.

Will I need to bring records from my previous dentist?

Yes, if possible, that would be quite helpful for our team. We understand changing dental care providers can be a sensitive issue. We make it a point to support you with your transition and can advise you on the best method to obtain your records.

Feel free to send us any questions or concerns via → our quick contact form.

What are your office hours and typical work days?

We are open Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 AM to 5 PM and some Fridays and Saturdays, depending on Dr. Joe’s schedule.

You can let us know about your preferred appointment times via our → quick contact form.

Where is your office located?

We are located at 121 Congressional Lane, Suite 605, Rockville, MD 20852. You can view our place and get directions on Google Maps.

Do you accept out-of-town patients?

Absolutely. In fact, many patients come to us from all over the United States. Some even travel internationally to see Dr. Kravitz. Keep in mind that we’d be glad to assist with your travel arrangements.

With our state-of-the-art procedures and top notch professionalism, Kravitz Dentistry makes it a point to cater to all our patients’ needs, whether you’re from another country or right next door.

Send us a note through → our quick contact form if you’re from out-of-town and interested in visiting Dr. Kravitz.

Do you have parking available?

Free parking is available in the parking garage next to the building. Exit the garage, turn right on the sidewalk and enter 121 Congressional Lane (our office).  Take the elevator to the 6th Floor.  We are in Suite 605.  There is also free public parking along the streets immediately outside of our office building.

What railroads and airports serve the region?

Our ideal location in the nation’s capital region allows for convenient access to three major airports. The region is served by:

1) Ronald Reagan National Airport
2) Dulles International Airport
3) Baltimore/Washington International

There are also several private airfields. We are also reachable via Amtrak, which makes numerous daily stops at Washington’s Union Station.  And the Metro Redline stops at Twinbrook Metro (which is 3 blocks away)

And what hotels are nearby?

Some top-notch accommodations for you to choose from…

• Hiton Rockville Hotel 301.468.20852, rockvillehotel.com
• Holiday Inn Express 301.881.2300, rockvillemdhotel.com
• Bethesda North Marriott Hotel 301.822.9200, Bethesda North Marriott

Is your office accessible to public transportation, and where’s the closest Metro stop?

There’s the Rockville Pike and Congressional Lane bus stop right near us and the Red Line Twinbrook Metro Station is only 2-3 blocks away.

In addition to Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry, do you also offer Preventative Dentistry?

Yes, most definitely. Good dental health requires daily care, along with periodic exams and cleanings. As a premier full-service practice, our commitment is to provide every patient with long-term comprehensive and personalized care.  Come in a learn the secrets of Dirty Mouth, our best selling book.

What if I have a dental emergency?

If you have a dental emergency, Dr. Kravitz is always available to help you.  Feel free to call us at 877-957-2848

Do you have a brochure that you can send me about the procedure so that I know more about what it involves?

We do not have any brochures per se. We do provide with you a password to access our 3 Minute Implant docs and patient forms.

Send us a message here through → our quick contact form and we’ll provide you with that additional information.

Moreover, we do our best to provide you with high quality content on this website, including videos of Dr. Joe talking about a variety of dental treatments, not just dental implants. You could also Google or Yahoo “dr. joe kravitz” and you’ll find more than enough info to help you with your decision. Either way, we appreciate your interest :)

Marco Sies patient of Dr Joe Kravitz“From the moment I walked in the doors of Dr. Kravitz’s office for the very first time about five years ago, I have been truly amazed by the level of professionalism and care Dr. Kravitz and his staff have at every moment. Any apprehension, questions or concerns I ever had before seeing Dr. Kravitz disappeared because of the kindness and care he and his staff always show. Dr. Kravitz is truly a world champion dentist, not only in his level of service, but also in his knowledge, training, expertise, credentials, and his ability to educate his patients in terms they can understand. Being a professional kickboxer, I achieved seven world championships because I always sought after and worked with the best of the best in every aspect of my training. Dr. Kravitz is no exception. He is the best of the best in everything he does, and I truly trust him above all others with my dental care.”

Master Marco Sies, 7-Time Kickboxing World Champion
Author of The Master Method: 4 Steps to Success, Prosperity and Inner Peace
Host of the television program, The Master Method

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