Losing your teeth can be emotionally trying and embarrassing, and yet gum disease and tooth decay continue to rob people over the age of 50 of their teeth.
Thankfully, thanks to advances in dental technologies, there are numerous ways to regain and restore your smile to its fullest. One of those ways is by getting dental implants.
While dental implants seem enticing, there are several questions to consider, especially when it comes to cost. How much do dental implants cost? Does insurance cover them?
Let’s explore the cost of dental implants and why they might be more affordable than you think.
Dental implants are replacement teeth that look and feel like the real thing. A titanium screw is implanted into the jaw and holds in the tooth, or crown, in place. You can eat, talk, and drink like normal, and many people cannot tell the tooth is an implant.
There are many advantages to having dental implants. They are a permanent solution and are molded by the dentists to mimic your lost tooth. You care for them in the same way you care for your real teeth. As long as your jaw is healthy and strong, you should be a candidate for dental implants.
Before we head into cost analysis, it’s essential to know the parts of the dental implant.
A dental implant is made up of three main parts: the base or screw, the abutment, and the crown.
The base is the screw that is drilled into your jawbone, providing stability for the “tooth.” The abutment, or connector, connects the base to the crown, which is the false tooth.
Knowing these parts of the dental implant can help you understand the cost in better terms.
Having dental implants is a great way to complete your smile, but at what cost?
One thing to remember is that dental implants are considered a surgical procedure. Getting implants is not completed in a quick trip to the dentist’s office, and usually takes several months, depending on how many implants you need and their involvement. It requires consultations, X-rays, making an impression of your teeth, bone grafts, and the procedure itself, plus follow-up appointments.
The cost of dental implants depends largely on several factors, such as the number of implants you’re receiving, the types of materials used, location, other services needed (a possible tooth extraction, for example), and what’s covered by your insurance.
On average, one dental implant can cost you around $1,00 – 3,000 per implant. The cost of the abutment and the crown can cost you about $500 – 3,000 per piece. The price continues to rise the more implants you get, as well as any additional procedures needed.
Does insurance cover the cost of dental implants? Maybe!
Dental implants are considered a cosmetic procedure, and most insurance companies will not cover the entire cost. However, depending on the situation, your company might pay for a portion of the dental implant, but not entirely.
Before you set any appointments with your dentist, call your insurance company and explain the situation. Each policy is different, so always consult your insurance before making any decisions.
While you might experience sticker shock, there are other ways to pay for dental implants. Opening a dental savings plan or a flexible spending account, makes implants more affordable, and some dentist’s offices have financing options available.
Asking questions about the dental implant procedure is vital, but don’t hesitate to ask your dentist (or the office administrator)
1. What is the entire cost of my dental implants?
The dentist should give you a quote and a break down of the full cost of the procedure before moving forward. Be sure to go over every detail with someone.
2. Do they offer financing?
Some dentist’s offices do provide financing for dental implants. Inquire about their financing before signing anything. Even if they don’t offer financing, they might be willing to work with you and establish a payment plan.
3. Is this necessary?
When combing over your invoice, ask the dentist if what’s listed is necessary and why. This will help you understand the full cost and why some measures are needed.
With the high cost of dental implants, you might be wondering if it’s worth it. There are a few reasons why dental implants are worth the money.
Dental implants are made to last a lifetime. If you’re always having problems with your teeth – needing crowns, extractions, and so forth – this can get costly over time. These types of dental procedures will wear out, and you’ll need them replaced.
You can continue your regular dental hygiene of brushing and flossing while caring for your implants. Be sure to clean around the implant thoroughly and contact your dentist if
Dental implants are becoming more and more popular, and many offices may be offering their services for a lower cost than quoted to you by your dentist. Because dental implants are a surgical procedure, you need to ensure that a board-certified medical professional (dentist!) is performing the surgery. Anyone else that’s unqualified could lead to dangerous problems.
With that being said, always do your research when faced with ads that seem too good to be true.
When you realize how much dental implants cost, it can be nerve-wracking to spend so much money. But what you receive is a smile that will function and last a lifetime, and that’s more than money can buy!
Do you have additional questions about dental implants? Our office is ready to answer them for you! Contact us today to set up a consultation.