Considering the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants have been available for several decades. However, for most patients, they are still a relatively new concept. When considering the cost of dental implants and comparing quotes, there are several important things to be kept in mind.
Dental implants, when compared to other traditional replacements like bridges or dentures, offer longevity. While dentures and bridges are initially less expensive, their affordability can be short-lived. Because these older methods require repair and replacement every 5-10 years, they are often more expensive over time. By contrast, dental implants, when properly placed and cared for, can last a lifetime.
Over time, when a tooth is missing, the jawbone shrinks. So while a bridge or denture may seem to function similarly to a tooth, the jaw bone structure continues to recede. This can result in the distortion of the shape of the jaw bone or a person’s face, leading to additional cosmetic costs in the future.
Dental implants are made of titanium, which actually integrates with the jawbone, strengthening it and stimulating bone growth. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the jaw and mouth, lessening problems in the future.
Quality of Life
Dental implants can be seen as a long-term investment not only in terms of money, but also in terms of quality of life. A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth. In addition to allowing the patient to eat the same healthy foods he or she has always enjoyed, it also eliminates the day-to-day hassles and possible embarrassment that are frequently caused by dentures.
Comparing Dental Implant Quotes
There are several steps involved in the placement of a dental implant. When comparing quotes, it’s important to factor in the cost of each of these steps:
- Exams/office visits
- Tooth/root extraction
- Bone grafting
- Placement of the “Dental Implant”
- I.V. Sedation fees
- Final Crown fees from your dentist
Financing for Dental Implants
Some insurances cover a portion of the implant procedure. Please check with your dental insurance to see if you have implant coverage. Our office will be happy to bill the insurance for you, and apply any payment to your office balance.
We offer CareCredit, a dental line of revolving credit, for implant financing. You can apply at CareCredit.com or call us if you have any further questions.