If you’re looking into replacing missing teeth, chances are you’ve heard about the benefits that dental implants have to offer. In all of your research, however, you never found an answer to the question, “How much do dental implants cost?” That’s because there is no fixed answer. Because dental implants are such a versatile and personalized treatment, the price can vary greatly from one person to the next. Here are just a few of the factors that affect dental implant cost.
1. Preliminary Treatments
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants initially. Many patients must undergo certain procedures before their mouth is ready to support dental implants. For example, some people have to get their damaged or decayed teeth extracted first. Some need to receive gum disease therapy in order to give their new teeth a healthy foundation. Others require a bone graft or a sinus lift to strengthen a jawbone that has been weakened after tooth loss.
Although these procedures ensure your mouth is able to accommodate dental implants, they do increase your overall cost of treatment.
2. The Number of Teeth You’re Replacing
It goes without saying that the more teeth you need to replace, the more you’ll pay for your new smile. Getting a single dental implant to fill a gap created by one missing tooth will cost less than an implant denture that brings back an entire arch.
In order to integrate with the body and forge a lasting foundation, dental implants must be made from biocompatible materials. Typically, they’re made from titanium or zirconia, which each have their own cost.
Usually, front teeth cost more to replace than teeth in the back of the mouth. It requires a greater degree of skill to match the angle of the jawbone and make it appear natural.
5. Dental Insurance Coverage
Most dental insurance plans will only cover dental implants partially, if at all. However, every plan is different, and it never hurts to contact your insurance company and find out. On the bright side, most insurance plans will cover some other aspects of the treatment, such as preliminary procedures or the restoration that goes on top of the implants.
At first, the cost of dental implants can seem intimidating. Keep in mind, though, that if you take care of them, they can last for 30+ years or maybe even the rest of your life! This makes dental implants the smartest investment you can make in your smile. To get an idea of how much you can expect to pay for your new smile, give your dentist a call to schedule a consultation.
About the Practice
Our team at Kent Dental Clinic is dedicated to helping patients enjoy complete, healthy smiles. We provide dental implant treatment, including All-on-4, as well as additional financing options like CareCredit to help you fit the cost of dental implants into your budget. Currently, we’re running a special offer for a free CT scan with any dental implant procedure. If you’d like to learn more about replacing your missing teeth, visit our website or call (253) 854-2714.