How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Like anything in life, you get what you pay for. Dental implants not only look most natural, they also feel just like real teeth. It is, however, a very intensive procedure that takes time and skills. Quality materials are required in order for the implant to sustain long term use. Having understood that, would you still prefer to save a few bucks and risk your health or to see an experienced and skilled specialist to get your money’s worth?
Before the actual implant
First, what the dentist or oral surgeon needs to do before placing the actual implant could come at a cost. The procedure requires patients to have healthy teeth on either side of the open area and healthy gum. If the patient needs gum treatment or tooth extraction prior to the procedure, that cost has to be covered first. The procedure also requires a sufficient amount of bones to hold the implant in place. If the patient needs bone grafting it would create another extra cost. The number of implants you need obviously is another factor as well as the materials. Common materials for implants are zirconia and titanium.
The answer is always it depends.
As you may have realized now, each case is unique and the treatment plan has to be tailored for each patient. So there is really no way for a doctor to tell you the cost before fully examining you. But how much does it really cost? Here are some examples. For a single implant (placed into the jaw bone) one should expect to pay between 1 to 2 thousand dollars. For the abutment which screws into the implant can cost you another couple of hundred dollars. Finally, a crown, the part that looks like an actual tooth, ranges from 1 to 3 thousand dollars. If you would like to be sedated during the procedure so that you don’t feel any pain, you would need a licensed doctor to perform the sedation with professional equipment which obviously isn’t free either.
Is it worth it?
Implants are a good value, because they can last a longtime with good care. They offer firm support to the artificial teeth. Dentures, bridges or crowns attached to the implants don’t slide or move in your mouth thus save you from the discomfort and embarrassment when eating or speaking. Dental implants also help keep the jawbone from shrinking as missing teeth tend to cause bone loss. Dental implant will restore your confidence and bring back your beautiful smile.
If all the terminology and different procedures sound intimidating, please give us a call at (914)921-5437 to schedule a free consultation with complimentary x-ray and exam so that our professional staff and experienced doctors can put your mind at ease and help you decide what’s best for you.
Also, don’t forget to check out how to afford dental implants to further educate yourself.