If you are missing teeth and comparing the options available to have them replaced, the cost of dental implants can be intimidating. When you compare the cost and the return on investment with other teeth replacement options, it is obvious that teeth implants are the superior treatment. If you want fully functioning teeth, no restrictions, and a beautiful smile, then justifying the cost will be simple. Here are a few key things to keep in mind when comparing removable options with implants:
- Quality of Life: Dental implants are surgically implanted into your jaw bone providing a durable and secure foundation for replacement teeth. The restoration will not wiggle around in your mouth or fall out while you are talking. You will not have any food restrictions. Your smile will appear more natural and healthy. The surrounding teeth will not be compromised to accommodate the implants. Care and maintenance will be the same, just brush and floss daily and visit your dentist every six months.
- Bone Loss: With removable dental restorations, bone loss is major issue. When a tooth is missing, the bone will begin to deteriorate. This deterioration can actually change the shape of your face. This is why dentures and dental bridges will need to be replaced every five to fifteen years. Dental implants are the only option for missing teeth that stimulates the jaw bone which helps stimulate bone growth. This will prevent bone loss.
Comparing the Cost Difference
Implants are a highly customized dental treatment for patients with damaged or missing teeth. The entire process, including the treatment planning phase, surgical implantation, and healing phase, will take months to complete. There are many appointments involved including a surgical procedure. You can walk out of a dentist office in about three to six weeks with a new denture or dental bridge. It is a fairly simple process that can completed rather quickly. This is why the initial cost of those options is considerably less than implants. What this does not take into account is they require a lot of time consuming and costly special care, cleaning products, and maintenance. The initial cost of removable restorations do not factor in the replacement cost which will be necessary every five to fifteen years. The cost for a denture or dental bridge can easily exceed the cost of implants after years of use. Dental implants can last a life time if you have strict oral hygiene habits and visit our Northborough, MA dentist office every six months.
Estimating the Dental Implant Cost
There are many factors that go into the cost of dental implants. No two patients seeking them are alike therefore, neither are their bills. These factors include:
- The number of missing teeth
- The location of missing teeth
- The size of the implant
- The need for teeth extractions
- The need for bone grafting
- The type of restoration needed
What does one dental implant cost?
According to a 2010 article in The New York Times, a single dental implant can cost about $3,000 to $4,500. The final dental restoration used for one missing tooth is a dental crown. Dr. Gauthier’s use of modern, high quality materials and CEREC technology ensures that your smile will have the look and feel of your natural teeth.
How much do dental implants cost for the whole mouth?
Replacing a full or partial set of damaged or missing teeth can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $45,000 according to the same New York Times article. An implant secured with a dental bridge or denture will be used for multiple missing teeth.
Payment Options and Dental Insurance
Apex Dental offers a wide range of payment options to help you afford your dental care including cash, check and credit cards: Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Our Northborough, MA dentist office also offers affordable, no-interest in house financing and financing through CareCredit. We accept any dental insurance that will help pay for your dental implants. As a courtesy, we will contact your dental insurance provider to check your benefits and submit claims on your behalf. Apex Dental is not responsible for and can make no guarantees as to the coverage your dental insurance provides.
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