Dental implants have become a very popular choice for people who do not want to use dentures as a way to replace missing teeth. Patients who have opted for dental implants have stated that they feel natural, look natural, and work as if they were natural teeth. There is no slipping when talking or eating, and you are not prohibited from eating any types of foods when you have an implant which makes this option even more attractive.
When a person is considering this type of dental care, their natural first question is cost. Most people have heard that dental implants can be very expensive. In the past, when the technology to perform this type of procedure was very new, getting an implant could be expensive. However, advancements in technology have made this procedure very affordable to everyone.
There are different factors that can affect the overall cost of dental implants. Understanding these factors and learning from your dental surgeon which will apply to your specific needs will help you break down these overall costs.
What Are The Factors That Can Affect Dental Implant Costs?
There are several issues that affect the overall cost of dental implants. You may be affected by one or more of these conditions which will result in different costs for each person. In general, the factors that must be considered include:
- One or Two Stage Implant – Implants can be done in one or two stages depending on the person receiving the treatment. If it is a one stage treatment the screw is surgically implanted and when the surgery heals, the new tooth is mounted. In a two-stage operation, the implant is made and then stitched over for complete healing. It is later accessed in a second surgery when the abutment is inserted. This is generally done on people that have to have bone grafts and need time to heal.
- Bone Grafts – If your jaw needs reconstruction, you will require an additional surgery. During this first surgery, your jaw bone will have donor bone attached to it to reform your jawline. Once healed, the implant process can begin.
- Number of Implants – Multiple implants may require additional surgery or preparations. Your surgeon can explain to you if the need for multiple implants will cause your overall price to increase.
- Pre Surgery Testing – Depending on your oral health, you may require special scans or screenings prior to receiving an implant. A scan will allow your surgeon to place the implant and create a tooth, or teeth, which is in perfect alignment with your jaw and bite. Precision is crucial to this type of surgery because it will have an overall effect on your oral health.
- Materials – Most dental surgeons will use titanium for your implant. Titanium has been shown to be very compatible with the body and has a very low, if obsolete infection or rejection rate when implanted into bone. Your doctor may be able to reduce the price some by using a zircon based material, but the outcome and lasting effects may not be as good as with titanium.
What Are The Types Of Implants I Can Get?
The dental implant itself is generally made of titanium or a titanium alloy. Titanium has been found to be the most receptive to the body. Titanium is very strong and has proven to work as effectively as the natural tooth root for keeping the tooth in place and durable. There are two types of implant procedures that can occur: Endosteal and Subperiosteal.
The most common types of implants used. In this procedure, the doctor implants a titanium screw into the jawbone which is later used to secure the new tooth.
This type of implant that is placed within the gum, but it is placed on or above the jawbone, not in the bone. This occurs when the jawbone is not compatible with getting an implant because it is too shallow or damaged. This procedure is less frequently used because many people with jawbone issues can have jawbone reconstruction completed which will allow for the Endosteal implants to be used.
The cost of your procedure will depend on the type of implants used, whether or not jaw reconstruction is necessary, and the number of implants that will be placed in the mouth.
What Are My Payment Options?
There are several payment options that you can use to cover the cost of your dental implants. If you have dental insurance, a large portion of the costs may be covered by your plan. Verify what your plan covers and make sure that your care provider accepts your form of dental insurance.
If the problems are associated with a health condition, some of your costs may be covered by your regular health insurance provider. You would need to speak to your health insurance rep to find out the terms and conditions for this type of coverage. Again, make sure that your care provider accepts this type of plan. Many dental providers also offer a payment plan within their office. This is generally done through a third-party finance company and it is strictly for your dental work. Your care provider will have someone within their office that can assist you with this type of payment set up.
In the end, when you are trying to make a decision about getting dental implants, you must ask yourself the ultimate question. Will these implants make you feel better physically and mentally? If the answer is yes, then you are making the right decision. The costs associated with this type of procedure has become affordable to everyone, there is no real reason to deny your self this health benefit. However, if you decide dental implants are not the best choice for you, we also offer dental bridges or other cosmetic dentistry options.