How much does a dental implant cost?
The short answer is “It depends.”
What does it depend on?
- The location of the implant in the jaw
- Whether the bone has been resorbed and requires bone or soft tissue grafting
- Any other health conditions that might cause complications
- The cost of the actual implant, abutment, and crown
- The doctor’s time, experience and expertise to render your particular treatment
- The need for computerized “guided” implant placement and use of a surgiguide
Placing a dental implant requires a number of steps, generally involving several professionals.
- Extraction of tooth if needed
- Bone graft or site preservation
- Placing the Dental Implant – the titanium “tooth root”
- Abutment placement, with or without temporary teeth
- Placing a Crown – the final tooth (prosthesis)
- Appropriate preoperative evaluation and postoperative care
Several of these steps can be combined. Every effort is made by Drs. Blecha and Jandali to keep implant treatment as simple as possible. Yet we must follow certain principles to insure that the end result is as perfect as possible.
Continuing Cost of Bridges and Dentures
While traditional tooth supported Bridges and Dentures are less expensive at the outset, you should consider that both options could have considerable continuing expenses. Bridges, by their design, cut down the neighboring abutment teeth – which can lead to weakness and repeated treatments. Dentures cannot preserve the jawbone the way Dental Implants can. Your bone continues to shrink the longer you wear your denture, causing the denture to not fit well, leading to soreness of the gum tissue. Dentures should be remade every 5 years. Dental implant restorations are typically not remade unless they develop a problem. Over a lifetime, Dental Implants can be the most cost-effective, value retaining option as well as the best functional and esthetic choice. Drs. Blecha and Jandali will inform you if dental implants are not your best option in treatment.
Financing for Dental Implant Treatment
Medical insurance only tends to cover dental implant treatment if there has been a recent injury to the face, resulting in the loss of teeth and/or bone.
Dental insurance offers variable or no implant coverage, but may offer some coverage for the replacement teeth. Bone grafting is often not a covered dental procedure unless dental implants are covered in the patient’s policy.
Many patients pay for their dental implant treatment, as it often offers them the best long-term dental solution. It is our goal to keep the treatment as simple as possible, while offering a solid, long-term prognosis.
Care credit can be utilized to help patients finance the cost of this treatment.