Benton & Nelson DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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You can find answers to some common questions below. Feel free to call us at (336) 760-1277 if you have a question that isn't listed here!

Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Winston Salem

If you are curious about the costs, maintenance, and more information about Dental Implants then visit our dental implants service page.

Our office accepts and files all dental insurance policies. 

Our office provides excellent care at an affordable price. We accept and file all dental insurance policies and will fight on your behalf so that you receive the maximum benefit.

Financial plans are available. 

We offer in-office 6-month interest free financing plans and third-party 3-year financing plans that allow you to fit your needs into your budget.

Discounts for patients without dental insurance (cash pay). 

We also offer discounts to patients without dental insurance or for those who prefer to pay in cash. 

Yes, our office has a digital scanner to take digital impressions

In the past, if you needed a dental impression (mold of your mouth) to make a dental crown, bridge, or assess your bite, it required taking a traditional impression.  This process involved goopy impression material and impression trays, and patients often disliked the experience for being messy, time-consuming, and causing gagging!  Now, we have a digital scanner for impressions.  For a digital impression, a small wand is used to scan the mouth and create a model of your teeth digitally.  Dr. Nelson and patients alike have loved the new technology as it is much more comfortable and accurate! 

You could benefit from dental implants if any of the following applies to you:

  • One or more missing teeth
  • Tired of keeping up with partial dentures
  • Trouble chewing food due to missing teeth
  • Failing dental bridge

Schedule a consultation! 

Schedule a consultation with Drs. Benton or Nelson at our Winston-Salem office. All treatment options will be explained to you after careful evaluation, diagnosis, and planning. 

Decide if a dental implant is the best choice for you. 

Our doctors will listen to your goals and customize a plan that fits your needs, budget, and lifestyle. After hearing all of your options, you can decide if a dental implant, or alternative treatment option, is best for you. 

Please visit our page on dental implants to learn more! 

Our office dental implant fees:

The fee for a dental implant at our office is $1838.  After your dental implant is placed, you will likely require a dental implant abutment to attach a dental crown to your new implant.  Some patients may require a dental extraction or bone graft prior to the procedure.  

Dental Implant: $1838
Dental Implant Crown: $1258
Custom Implant Abutment: $861

Dental Bone Graft: $368
Simple Dental Extraction: $164

The fee for an implant supported denture depends on how many dental implants are required to support your prosthesis.  Upper dentures usually require four dental implants while lower dentures usually only require two dental implants.  As always, we will work with your dental insurance and offer payment plans to help you fit your dental treatment into your family's budget.  To learn more about dental implants, dentures, or implant supported dentures, visit our services page.

  • Upper Implant Supported Denture: $2800
  • Lower Implant Supported Denture: $2800
  • Dental Implant: $1838 per implant


Nervous about dental treatment?  You came to the right place!

Most Effective, Pain-Free, and Up-to-Date Numbing Techniques

During any treatment, Drs. Nelson and Benton pride themselves on using state-of-the-art techniques to deliver painless numbing. We utilize the latest and most effective techniques for anesthesia.  

Calming Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

For patients with anxiety, nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” will help eliminate nervousness and promote a more calm, tranquil state of mind.

Stress-Free Sedation Dentistry  

Dr. Nelson is one of the only general dentists in the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad area who is trained and licensed in all forms of sedation dentistry. Patients are always given the option to choose dental sedation during their procedures to guarantee a stress-free experience. In fact, most patients say that going to the dentist was never easier and that they have no memory of the procedure at all!

A dental implant is a small screw that is supported by your jaw bone, similar to how the roots of your natural teeth are supported by your bone.  

What is a dental implant used for?

A dental implant is a treatment to permanently replace a missing tooth or missing teeth or to make dentures more secure.


An upgraded denture that's secured with dental implants so it won't budge!

An implant supported denture, also known as an overdenture, is one of the best ways to restore your ability to speak, chew, and smile without worrying about your denture loosening.  Implant supported dentures are customized dentures that "snap" onto a dental implant to ensure a secure fit that won't become displaced.  Patients with implant supported dentures often remark that they are able to eat foods like steak, corn on the cob, and apples again! 

Dental examination: 

  • During a dental exam, Drs. Benton or Nelson will determine whether you would benefit from dental implants.

X-ray evaluation: 

Our doctors will carefully examine your teeth and x-rays. Only the latest, low-dose diagnostic tools will be used to evaluate your specific situation.

The dental implant procedure is modified to your circumstances:

  • If you have a failing tooth, then the tooth will be removed and bone grafted.
  • After a healing process, the dental implant will be placed.
  • A mold is then made so that the replacement tooth can be fabricated by an excellent Winston-Salem based dental laboratory technician.
  • The replacement tooth is attached to the implant in a painless process that does not require numbing.
  • The dental implant tooth can then be used to bite, eat your normal foods, and smile!

Evaluation of current dentures. 

If current dentures are satisfactory, then they can be used. If they are not, then new dentures are made by our expert Winston-Salem based dental lab.

Simple and fast placement of dental implants. 

The dental implants are placed during a simple, fast, and comfortable procedure.

Attachment of dental implants to dentures. 

After a short healing process, the dental implants are attached to the dentures with special connections.

Customization of retention strength. 

The strength of the connection between the denture and dental implants can be customized for your specific needs and strength desires. The connections can be so strong that patients sometimes have trouble removing them! We will make sure this does not happen to your custom implant retained denture.

Are you looking to replace a missing tooth in Winston Salem?  Or maybe to help make your dentures fit more securely? There are many reasons why dental implants might be the best treatment option for you!

High success rate. 

Dental implants have a very high success rate of over 95%.

Permanent tooth replacement.

Dental implants are a permanent restoration for single to multiple teeth.

Won’t come out. 

Dental implants will not come out when eating or talking.

You can chew again.

You can chew anything with your dental implant that you can with natural teeth.

Maintain them just like your natural teeth. 

Dental implants require brushing and flossing, just like you would take care of your natural teeth. 

Very esthetic. 

The crown (the part that is visible in the mouth) is made of the same tooth-colored material that dentists use for crowns or veneers and will match your natural teeth.

Can’t get cavities. 

Dental implants are made of high-quality materials that cannot get dental decay.

Protect adjacent tooth structures. 

Dental implants prevent the recession of natural bone and gum tissue.

Don’t need to treat adjacent teeth. 

Unlike dental bridges, dental implants don’t require modifications or treatment to your adjacent teeth.

Yes!  We can make your dental implant match your adjacent natural teeth by using the most esthetic techniques.  

Experienced dentists who provide esthetic and comfortable care. 

Drs. Benton and Nelson are experts at restorative dentistry and implants. They have many years of experience at replacing missing teeth in the mouth.

The best materials at a local Winston-Salem dental lab. 

While dental implants can be made by labs anywhere in the world, Drs. Benton and Nelson work with a local lab right here in the Winston-Salem area. Using a local lab ensures Drs. Benton and Nelson that they have an experienced technician who they know, and guarantees that the lab will use the strongest and most esthetic materials.

Call us at (336) 760-1277 to schedule your next appointment.
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