Answers to your dental implant questions
The more informed you are, the easier it is to decide if our solution is right for you. Below are the most frequently asked questions we get from our potential patients. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, you can always chat with an expert >
Our Top 5 Most Common Questions
The G4 Implant Solution is the only procedure that provides a PERMANENT bridge in a single visit, and it’s fully functional just hours after surgery. The All-on-4 procedure, on the other hand, requires multiple visits over a full year and requires you to wear temporary dentures during this time period. That’s why we invented the G4 Solution—it was time for a smarter, better way to restore smiles.
The cost per arch for Medicare Patients starts from $11,750 and ranges to $18,750 for the most complex cases, such as severe bone loss, and other complications.
The cost of the full mouth procedure for self-pay patients starts from $38,500 and ranges to $52,500 for the most complex cases, such as severe bone loss, and other complications.
*Self-pay Patients paying cash, credit card, check receive a $2,000 discount
We do offer many payment options, including financing.
As for insurance, we bill all insurance companies as a courtesy for you. Typically, insurance will only cover the extractions, which is about $300 – $500 per extraction (but please note, this is not guaranteed). Many of our patients will use their flexible spending accounts they have through work to help plan for the procedure.
You’ll spend up to three days with us, but the actual procedure is completed within one 24-hour period.
Day 1: Consultation – CT scans, facial scans, x-rays, measurements, tooth shade and shape selection, discussion with doctors.
Day 2: Surgery – Extractions (if necessary), placement of dental implants. You will be without teeth overnight for the last time in your life. Remember, this is no temporary, converted denture. You are receiving a custom-milled, highly aesthetic, hybrid bridge with a one-piece milled titanium bar.
Please note: Consultation and surgery can be performed on the same day if that’s best for you.
Day 3: Delivery of PERMANENT hybrid milled bridges — How is that possible? Well, it normally takes 6-12 months for single implants to fully integrate into the bone. With the G4 Implant Solution, we are able to gain primary stability of the dental implants, which are held together by a titanium bar. This prevents the micro-movement that can occur with single implants bearing the full chewing force. The dental implants will continue to integrate over the next several months, but because of our unique protocols and milling center, you enjoy the benefits of PERMANENT, fully functioning teeth, just hours after surgery.
The vast majority of patients experience only moderate soreness, and report little pain regardless of the number of extractions. Any discomfort generally subsides in 72 hours or less. Patients are cleared to fly or participate in moderate activity in as little as 24 hours after surgery.
To mitigate any potential pain, patients are prescribed medication for the week prior to surgery.
In our experience, 90% of patients who have been told they are not candidates for traditional dental implant options are eligible for the G4 Implant Solution. The conventional method of placing the dental implant straight into the bone can require a sinus lift and bone grafting, resulting in a minimum of six to nine months of healing time. Our procedure uses the front area of the jaw where the bone is more dense, and in most cases requires no sinus augmentation or bone grafting. What’s more, the G4 technique places the back implants at an angle. This allows us to a place a longer implant without having to enter the sinus cavity on the upper arch, making for a much less invasive procedure.
General Implant Questions
Glossary of key terms used in dental implant procedures:
An arch is either your upper (maxillary) or lower (mandibular) jaw.
The implants are metal posts (made of titanium) that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums—these fuse with your bone, allowing your dentist to mount permanent replacement teeth.
A bridge is attached to the implant. Preserving the jawbone and surrounding teeth, bridges can help maintain the shape of your smile and prevent future dental complications.
Since this procedure requires bone reduction to create space for the bridge, your existing implants cannot be used. We will need to remove your existing implants before we start to place the G4 dental implants.
Yes, however he only performs complex procedures, therefore, his fees start at $52,000 and may incur additional charges for bone grafting and sinus lifts.
Absolutely! Dr. Golpa handpicked all of his associate doctors for their exceptional talent and ability to perform this procedure more than 500 times and place thousands of dental implants. Rest assured, every associate performs the same patented procedures, protocols and techniques.
Our entire staff is here to calm all of your fears and help you in any way we can. We will treat you like a member of our family and change your perceptions of the dental office for good. Don’t just take our word for it; watch some of our patient reviews.
The more implants you have, the higher probability for hygiene issues and limited supporting bone, which would lend itself to a higher risk for restoration failure. That is why we believe that one implant is better.
The bridges provide a new sensation for your mouth—especially if your teeth have been compromised or missing for many years. So after surgery, it will take time for you to get used to your new bridges. However, we customize your bridges to feel as comfortable and as close to natural teeth as possible.
Unlike corporate dental centers, we focus on the satisfaction of our patients rather than commissions, monthly quotas and shareholders. We truly care for our patients and built our reputation on going above and beyond to ensure your comfort, health and wellbeing. Best of all, we give you a permanent bridge with titanium framework in just one visit.
Absolutely not. We love when happy patients want to share their stories (and new beautiful smiles), but that is completely up to you.
Dr. Golpa is a general dentist who has specialized in this procedure by performing it more than 6,000 times while training numerous general dentists and oral surgeons his techniques over the last decade.
Because of the high number of procedures we perform, we receive special pricing from all of our vendors. We also have a full dental lab and milling center inside our ofﬁces to help provide you with the most efficiency and best cost.
We offer many payment options including in-house ﬁnancing. Please note that when using any ﬁnancing, all arrangements must be made two weeks prior to the date of surgery. Our third-party lenders offer no-interest loans and extended payment terms with lower payments for those who qualify. Click below to learn more and apply:
The full payment is due at the time of surgery.
At the time of the surgery:
- credit cards (additional 3% fee applies)
- cashier or bank checks
- wire transfers
Two weeks prior to surgery:
- personal checks and
- third-party ﬁnancing
Yes. If it becomes necessary for you to cancel up to two weeks prior to surgery, you will receive your deposit back, however a fee of $500.00 will be charged. If you need to cancel your surgery after two weeks, you will only be refunded 25% of your deposit.
While we offer this procedure at costs below the national average, we understand that it may still be cost prohibitive to some.
If you need help getting dental care for yourself or a family member, this is a great resource.
Yes, funds you withdraw from your HSA are tax free when used to pay for qualified expenses. We recommend you double check to make sure this procedure qualifies for your account. As always, consult your tax advisor should you require specific tax advice.
Any funds you withdraw for non-qualified medical expenses will be taxed at your income tax rate plus 20% tax penalty if you’re under 65.
Generally, taking money from our IRA before turning 59 is not recommended due to the 10 percent withdrawal penalty. However, if you have medical expenses for the year that would be deductible if you itemize your deductions, you can exempt that portion of the early IRA distribution from the penalty. Qualifying medical expenses include those who pay for medical, dental and vision for themselves, their spouse and their family. Claiming the exception saves you the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty, so not reporting it properly is a costly mistake.
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In some cases, your procedure may be tax deductible. Please talk to your tax advisor or visit the IRS website to learn more about Itemized Deductions for Medical Expenses.
We offer a two-year warranty on our G4 Ultra Bridges.
In the rare case of dental implant failure, not only will we remove the dental implant and replace it at no charge, but any corrective procedures required will also be performed at no cost. Your bridges and dental implants should receive special care and maintenance every six months. If you choose to return to a Golpa Implant Center for this check-up, a complete assessment of your dental implants and bridge(s) will include:
- Visual assessment of the patient
- Examining of the patient for signs of inflammation, bleeding, changes in probing depths and mobility or exudate around the implant(s)
- Debridement of your prosthesis
- Radiographically examine your implant(s) to determine whether changes have occurred in bone levels
- Conduct a careful review of your current medications as well as a review of your health status
Dental Implant Warranty Limitations: If a dental implant fails to integrate, we will replace it at no cost, one time only. An annual dental implant examination including x-rays and regular cleanings is an absolute requirement for any warranty to apply. The warranty does not apply to patients who continue to smoke or persons who have or who develop an uncontrolled systemic health problem such as, but not limited to; diabetes, autoimmune disorders, severe osteoporosis or any condition requiring long steroid use. If smoking or a medical condition is suspected as the cause of implant failure or other complication that requires treatment, an examination and blood tests will be required for warranties to apply.
Scheduling & Travel Questions
You can call us at 1-800-797-0406, schedule a call with us or click the live chat button you see at the top of our website.
We usually book 6-10 weeks in advance due to the volume of our patients.
Yes, however you may need to pay a fee. If you request to change the date of your surgery prior to two weeks before your surgery, we will try to accommodate your request with no penalty. If you request to reschedule comes less than two weeks before your surgery date, there will be an additional rescheduling deposit of $500.00 that must be paid before we can reschedule your appointment.
With our special pricing, the hotel is not included.
Our low price does not include the cost for airfare.
Dallas Center: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Las Vegas Center: McCarran International Airport
Tysons Corner Center: Dulles International Airport
We suggest using an airport shuttle, Uber, Lyft or taxi.
We will arrange for a driver to pick you up from your hotel and bring you to our office.
Yes, we highly recommend traveling with a companion to be with you after surgery. If you must travel alone, you will stay in our office until all the effects of the sedation have worn off and you are fully alert.
Currently, we have two offices in Las Vegas and Dallas—and our new center will open soon in Tysons Corner, Virginia. But traveling to these facilities can be made easier with our patient concierge consultants who are available when you need them.
Yes, you will need to be sedated for the procedure. Our licensed anesthesiologists will administer and monitor you during the procedure.
Before you undergo this procedure, we’ll discuss any and all medication options based on your health and personal situation.
The surgical portion of the procedure is approximately two to two-and-a-half hours. The lab portion, while you are relaxing, takes another two hours.
If you are diabetic, your blood sugar should be controlled. We will not perform the surgery if the A1-C is above 7 due to the higher chance of implant failure rising to 30%.
No, you must stop the use of nicotine 30 days prior to your surgery. Nicotine in any form has been shown to reduce the blood flow to the mouth, which can lead to higher chance of implant failure. Also note, if you smoke after surgery all warranties are void.
Our doctors prefer that you not have your teeth extracted prior to surgery. Extracting your teeth during the procedure helps give our dentists reference on where to place the implants and preserve an adequate amount of bone. Extractions of your teeth are included in the cost of the procedure.
After your teeth are extracted, the gums are opened to expose the bone. The bone is then contoured smooth, eliminating the tooth’s socket while making room for your teeth. The gums are then completely stitched closed so there are no exposed sockets or bone. This process allows us to correct issues such as a “gummy smile”.
We will go through multiple smile libraries and simulate your new smile digitally for your approval. We also encourage you to bring photos of your ideal smile or your actual teeth (when they were healthy).
Most of the patients who have been told they are not a candidate for traditional dental implant options are candidates for this procedure. This procedure uses the frontal area of the jaw, which has more dense bone rather than the conventional method of placing the implant straight on the bone. This reduces healing time and the likelihood of sinus lifts and bone grafting.
Yes, please call 1-800-797-0406 for directions on how to upload your information for evaluation.
Because of the efficiency and effectiveness of our procedure, most of our patients return to their normal routine (like eating) immediately after the procedure.
You should have your bridges Professionally cleaned every 6 months to ensure the stability of the implants as well as the longevity of the bridge. We do provide an optional maintenance program that helps you find dentists in your local area at a reduced fee.
Brush your bridges like you did your natural teeth with toothpaste three times a day for two minutes each time. Using an electronic toothbrush is highly recommended.
Provided to you by our office after surgery. Use for the first week after surgery. Dip the proxy in your prescribed rinse instead of using toothpaste to clean under your bridges.
Starting after one week, you should start using a Waterpik. A Waterpik is a water flosser that helps remove plaque deep between teeth and below the gum line where traditional brushing and flossing can’t reach. If possible, you should use the Waterpik after each meal. If not, be sure to use it in the morning and at night. If you don’t use the Waterpik daily, food will accumulate underneath your bridges causing plaque and tartar build up.
In the rare case of an infection, excessive swelling, pain, etc., a prescription will be called into your local pharmacy.
We recommend returning to our office four to six months after your surgery for a reline of your bridges and to verify the integration of your dental implants. At this time we can make changes to your bridges if you wish. Changing the shade of the bridge requires fabricating a new set of teeth and will result in additional charges.
Up to six months after your procedure, your gums will shrink. The pink gum part of your new teeth requires relining or having material added to it. This is a completely normal part of the healing process.
Yes, there is a small space between your bridges and your gums making it easy for food to get under your bridges. Using the Waterpik at least twice daily can clean this area.
It depends on bone density and the level of torque the doctors are able to achieve on the dental implants. Each patient’s case is different, so you will receive specific instructions from your doctor. However, most patients are able to eat any foods they wish immediately following the procedure.
Historically, the field of occlusion in dentistry has been dominated by subjective analysis and “patient feel” to diagnose and treat problems related to the bite. Articulating paper only shows points of contact between teeth and fails to provide data on the level of force and timing of when the teeth come together.
This is why our doctors use Tekscan Pressure Mapping, Force Measurement & Tactile Sensors. With the T-Scan’s digital bite force data, our clinicians can pinpoint occlusal interferences, quickly remove them and treat them with greater accuracy than ever before. The T-Scan is also a great visual aid that helps patients better understand their occlusion and the treatments that may be necessary to balance bite forces. Click here to learn more.
G4 Ultra Bridges are made from pure, highly crystalline copolymer possessing an optimal combination of high tensile and flexural strength, fatigue resistance, hardness and aesthetics. The material is manufactured to our specifications and processed with “trade secret” protocols in our state-of-the-art laboratories. We have manufactured well over 10,000 hybrid bridges.
A titanium bar is a substructure that is used for reinforcement of the bridge. It’s what makes your restoration permanent and gives it the strength to enjoy the foods you love.
Your G4 Ultra/Titanium bridge(s) are warrantied for a period of two years. Within the warranty period, we will repair or replace bridges that fail due to workmanship at no charge. After that period, the cost to replace your G4 Ultra/Titanium bridge(s) is $2,500/ea. This is a nonsurgical, one-day process.