Considering the Cost of Dental Implants
When considering the cost of dental implants and comparing quotes, there are several important points that should be kept in mind.
When comparing the cost of dental implants to the other tooth replacement methods out there such as dentures and bridges, it is very important to take into consideration the longevity offered by a dental implant. This is not always offered by other, more traditional methods.
While dentures and bridges are initially less expensive, the reason they are more affordable can be realized shortly after placement. Because these are older methods, they require more repair and often need to be replaced every five to ten years, making them actually more expensive over time. By contrast, dental implants, when placed and cared for properly, can last your entire life.
Health of the Jaw Bone
After a tooth is missing, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate. While a denture or bridge may seem to function just like your missing teeth, underneath the surface, damage is being done to the jaw bone and, ultimately, the structure of the face. This results in the distortion of the shape of a person’s face, leading to cosmetic costs down the road.
Alternatively, dental implants are made of titanium that actually integrates with the jaw bone, strengthening it and stimulating bone growth. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the mouth, which thus lessens expensive problems in the future.
Quality of Life
A dental implant should be seen as a long-term investment, not only in terms of money, but also in terms of quality of life. Dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth, allowing patients to eat the same foods they have always enjoyed. Dental implants also eliminate the day-to-day hassles and embarrassment that frequently comes with dentures.
Comparing Dental Implant Quotes
Several steps and multiple professionals are involved in the placement of a dental implant. When comparing quotes, it is very important to factor in the cost of each of the following:
- Exams and office visits
- X-rays and scans
- Tooth and/or root extraction
- Bone graft placements
- Placement of the dental implant (titanium root)
- Placement of the dental crown
- Pre/post-operative care
Be sure you speak to not only your periodontist but your general dentist as well to obtain the cost of each step that comes with dental implant treatment.
Financing for Dental Implants
The first thing you always want to do when it comes to needing dental work or surgery is to check with your dental insurance carrier to see what portion, if any, they will cover of your dental implant. Next, check with our office, which offers in-office financing as well as third-party financing through Care Credit. Dental implants are an investment in your health as well as your appearance. A full set of healthy teeth gives you the ability to eat without pain or discomfort again, making it easier to get healthy, balanced meals. It also preserves the contours of the face, which will keep you from looking old before your time.
Schedule Your Consultation
The best and most accurate way to get a solid price quote is to contact our office so we can have you come in for a consultation. Then, Dr. Cristoforo and his staff will be able to give you a specific price for your case, along with an insurance estimate if you have dental insurance.