If you’re missing one or more teeth, chances are you’ve at least heard of dental implants, which are often considered the gold standard when it comes to rebuilding your smile after tooth loss. However, many patients hesitate to invest in dental implants because they’re worried about the price tag. At Carlson Advanced Dentistry & Facial Esthetics, we completely understand your apprehension. Trust us, we wouldn’t suggest dental implants to a patient unless we firmly believed they were the best option. Keep reading below to learn why dental implants are a method of tooth replacement that’s worth every penny.
The primary factor in the cost of your dental implants will be how many teeth you need replaced. This will affect the kind of restoration you’ll receive. Luckily, dental implants can be used to treat any degree of tooth loss.
For patients missing only one tooth, we can place a single implant and top it with a lifelike dental crown.
If you’re missing a few teeth in a row, an implant can be placed at either end of the gap in your grin, with a dental bridge filling the space between.
By placing four to eight implants per arch, we can anchor a full denture in your jaw to replace an entire arch of missing teeth all at once. This option lasts much longer and stays in place much easier than conventional dentures.
Receiving dental implants takes several appointments over the course of a few months. At the initial consultation, we’ll take detailed x-rays to determine the exact placement of your implants. In some cases, we may decide that a preliminary procedure, like a bone graft or gum disease therapy, is necessary prior to implant placement.
Next comes the implant surgery, wherein tiny holes are made in your gums and jawbone, into which your implants are placed. Over the next three to six months, the implants will integrate with your jawbone until they are essentially one and the same. Once this process is complete, you’ll undergo another minor surgery to install your abutments, or metal connector pieces that go on top of your implants. A few weeks later, you can finally receive your restoration, whether that be a crown, bridge, or denture.
Absolutely! While implants come with a higher initial price tag than other options, they also last significantly longer. Provided you take excellent care of your implants, they can potentially last upwards of 30 years, maybe even a lifetime. In comparison, you’d have to replace a traditional bridge or denture every few years, racking up costs that may eventually add up to more than the cost of implants. Save yourself time and money in the long run by investing in dental implants.
Although many insurance companies won’t cover the cost of the implants themselves, they may provide coverage for other portions of your implant journey, such as your consultation, preliminary treatments, or your restoration. Our team is more than happy to file claims on your behalf and maximize your benefits. If you don’t have insurance, or if they won’t cover enough of the cost, we partner with CareCredit, a third-party financing option that allows you to fund your dental care with very little interest. We also offer an in-house membership plan. By simply paying an annual membership fee, you can receive discounts on virtually any dental procedure. To learn more about the cost of dental implants, or to schedule your implant consultation, give us a call today!