Cost of Dental Implants
Putting a Priceless Investment in Your Smile
Getting strong, stable dental implants to replace your teeth is a long process; naturally, one of the first steps is to figure out how much you’ll need to pay for the treatment in the end. Dr. Singer will carefully check your mouth and consider your specific needs before outlining the different factors that will affect the amount you pay. To learn more about the dental implant process and the various costs involved, contact our office today to schedule a consultation at our Klamath Falls practice.
Types of Dental Implants
The first question we need to answer when calculating the cost is a simple one: how many implants are needed? Have you lost just one tooth or an entire arch? Depending on your case, you might receive:
- A Single Implant: Individual teeth can be replaced with one titanium implant post and a carefully customized crown.
- An Implant Bridge: For three or more missing teeth in a row, you can fill the gap with a bridge that rests on at least two implant posts. (This means you won’t need to alter nearby teeth to place the restoration.)
- Implant-Retained Dentures: It takes about four to eight implants to secure complete dentures in place so that you can chew and speak with them without having to worry about them suddenly slipping.
What are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
You can pay for each appointment during the dental implant process separately, which can go a long way towards making the ultimate cost fit in your monthly budget. Generally speaking, you can expect the treatment to include:
- Bone grafting, periodontal therapy, and other preparatory procedures (which may or may not be necessary in your specific case).
- One appointment for the implant placement surgery followed by weeks or months of waiting for the posts to fuse with the jawbone.
- One appointment to place a small metal connector called an abutment to the implants.
- One or more appointments to design and place a restoration on top of the abutment or abutments.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
The benefits to receiving dental implants to support your new teeth are almost too many to count. They are the only type of replacement that can make up for the strength and stability of the root of the original tooth. Furthermore, they are very easy to take care of, and they feel both comfortable and natural inside your mouth. As far as cost is concerned, one of the greatest advantages of implants is their longevity; they can stay in your mouth for decades while other forms of tooth replacement typically have to be switched out every 5 to 15 years or so.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Most insurance carriers do not pay for implant placement; that said, they might cover other parts of the treatment (such as the restoration that you receive at the end of the treatment), so always take the time to review your benefits before scheduling an implant consultation. Our team can help you get in touch with your insurance company if you have questions or wish to file a claim.