500,000 people per year are investing in dental implants to replace their missing teeth permanently. However, dental implants are often associated with a large price tag. Although you may pay more upfront than traditional methods, they are the most cost-effective option. There’s not a flat rate for the procedure because every situation differs. Various factors affect dental implant cost. Here are 5 things to consider when budgeting for your new smile.
1. Preparatory Procedures
Most patients with good oral and general health are candidates for dental implants, but you’ll still require a consultation with your dentist. They’ll examine your mouth to look for any issues that might complicate your treatment, like infection or bone loss. It’s not unusual to need a little prep work before your placement surgery, like tooth extractions, periodontal therapy, or bone grafting.
2. Number of Missing Teeth
A dental implant consists of 3 components to replicate a single tooth, which include an implant post, an abutment, and a restoration. If you’re treating several teeth, each tooth isn’t replaced individually. Instead, a specific number of implants are used to support a bridge or partial. You’ll have to pay for the posts, abutments, and restoration.
Everyone likes to save money, but choosing materials for your new smile isn’t an area you want to pinch pennies. You’ll find discounted materials, but they are often low quality. They may not have the same life expectancy as higher-quality materials. The saying is true, you’ll get what you pay for. Your implant dentist will help you choose the best materials to get the most out of your investment.
4. Dentist’s Qualifications
Many dentists offer dental implants but lack the qualifications to perform the placement surgery. It’s not uncommon to be referred to an oral surgeon, which can increase the overall amount you’ll pay. You can avoid specialist fees by choosing a qualified dentist who can handle each phase of the treatment in-house.
5. Dental Insurance
It’s unlikely your dental insurance will cover the entire cost of the procedure, but you can use your benefits to offset the amount you’ll pay. Your policy may lower the cost of certain steps in your treatment plan, like the consultation, imaging, tooth extractions, or restorations. Your dentist will help you maximize your annual allowance to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses.
Don’t let the cost of dental implants prevent you from enjoying a nearly perfect replica of your real teeth. Your dentist will help you find the solutions you need to accommodate your budget without cutting any corners. You will feel confident you’re making the best investment for your smile.
About Dr. Keyvan Kar
Dr. Kar earned his dental degree from the University of Cologne School of Dentistry before earning his certification in advanced prosthodontics. He has the qualifications and training to treat the most complex cases of tooth loss. If you’re interested in completing your smile with dental implants, he can handle the entire process in-office. Contact our office today to request your consultation for a beautiful smile.