|How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
At Randolph Center for Dental Excellence, we want patients to take advantage of this revolutionary treatment to improve their smile and oral health function. Dental implants are placed surgically into the jawbone and the procedure is completed by fitting a crown or denture on top. It is a treatment that lasts several months since numerous steps are involved. The implant placement procedure can last four to nine months from start to finish.
Why Consider Getting Dental Implants?
Missing teeth can cause many problems to your smile aesthetics and oral health. It can result in bone resorption where the bone shrinks, causing the face to appear sunken-in. Again, without teeth, you could risk your mouth and teeth from gum disease and decay because biofilm and debris lodge in the gaps of the lost teeth. Receiving these dental restorations helps prevent or eliminate these concerns while also promoting your bite function and symmetry.
What Benefits Do Dental Implants Offer?
Dental implants not only promote oral health but also improve your smile's function and appearance. Once you receive them, you will be surprised that they transform your bite significantly and serve you for a long time.
Act Like Natural Teeth
Tooth implants help patients regain their chewing ability. After they are affixed, most patients can't recognize the difference between their real teeth and the replacement ones. As such, a person can eat normally, floss, and brush as usual while also enjoying a natural-looking smile.
You can expect dental implants to last many years. Since they are constructed of strong, durable materials like titanium or zirconia, you can have them for life. Again, they are fastened into the jawbone, giving them more stability compared to a dental bridge or traditional denture. The implants are not rejected by the body, making them a powerful replacement for a missing tooth.
Prevent Bone Loss
You should consider dental implants because they help preserve the jawbone. If you don't replace a missing tooth, the bone area loses about 25 percent of its volume within the first year. The bone loss arises because no stimulation is available from tooth roots. Implants replace tooth roots, hence providing the stimulation needed for natural bone growth.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Anyone whose teeth are badly decayed or broken beyond repair may have them removed and fitted with dental implants. A patient needs to have healthy and sufficient bone that can adequately support the implants. Where no sufficient bone is available, bone grafting is done for the purpose of rebuilding it.
Further, a person should not have an existing disease or ailment that hinders the successful placement of implants like gum disease, heart disease, hypertension, or even diabetes. These conditions have to be managed before proceeding with the implantation procedure.
Are Implants Safe?
A biocompatible material is utilized to construct dental implants. As such, the body readily accepts the material and no adverse reactions are witnessed. Furthermore, dental implants have a significantly high success rate, ranging from 95 to 98 percent.
Even so, there are a few incidents where the implants can develop complications. An infection of the gum tissue supporting the implant can arise due to a lack of proper oral hygiene. This infection is referred to as peri-implantitis, and it can cause implant failure. It is prudent to keep optimal dental hygiene at home, coupled with routine checkups and cleanings at the dentist's office.
Dental Implant Cost
Dental implant procedures are not the same, hence the costs vary widely. The implant could involve a comprehensive dental examination, including 3D imaging that could cost between $350 and $515. There may be also extraction of the problem tooth, surgical placement of the implant screws, fitting of the abutment hardware, construction of the crown, and its placement. All of these procedures are factored in when determining the cost of the treatment.
On average, implants will cost between $3,000 to $4,500 for per tooth. Where the entire mouth needs to have replacement teeth, you could be talking of a price range of between $60,000 and $90,000.
Where a dental bridge supporting three or four teeth is to be placed, you could pay around $6,000 to $10,000. Here, the four teeth are mounted on two implants rather than a single implant for each tooth. As such, an implant-supported bridge could cost you less than a single implant for every tooth.
Again, implant-supported dentures are a bit less expensive. They involve two full arches of teeth used to replace the lower and upper natural teeth, similar to what non-implant-supported dentures do, only this time, four to six posts are mounted to provide support for each arch of teeth. Implant-supported dentures cost anywhere from $24,000 to $50,000.
Other Aspects that Influence the Cost
In addition to the tooth implant placement approach, other things can impact the fees. The number of teeth that a patient needs to have replaced can determine the price to pay. Also, pre-implant surgery treatments like bone grafting and teeth extractions further stretch the price.
Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Dental insurance may cater for a small portion of the total cost of the procedure. The percentage reimbursed varies by the procedure undertaken. You should contact your insurer to ask more about your dental insurance coverage before receiving the treatment. You can expect to have about $1,500 in reimbursement for dental implant placement per year.
Contact Randolph Center for Dental Excellence by calling to set up an appointment with us. Our dentist will walk you through the procedure, what is expected from the treatment, and the cost applicable for each option.