|How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Dental Implants are surgical posts secured in your jaw and sometimes other facial bones to function as an artificial root for your missing teeth. They are an surgical procedure that involves many steps, including making a dental crown. As for their price, according to Dr. Allen and Dr. Crystal at Myers Park Dental Partners, the cost of dental implants may vary from patient to patient. That is because no two cases are the same. Some people only need one implant, while others need an entire set of new teeth. Some need conventional implants, while others need specialized ones that go into the cheekbone.
What Makes Dental Implants So Expensive?
According to the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute cost survey, dental implants cost anywhere from $3,100 to $5,800 per tooth, depending on the procedures involved. Here's a breakdown of why that number gets so high:
While anyone can see missing teeth from your smile, as dentists, we can't just blindly drill implants into your jaw. We need to perform comprehensive imaging tests and scans like x-rays, 3D imaging, or CT scans. This helps us get a good look at the jawbone where we will anchor the implant. It also gives us an idea of any other dental issues that are necessary to address before putting in the implants.
Implants are usually made of surgical-grade titanium. On top of the implant lies a complete dental crown made of high-quality, long-lasting material. Since dental implants are made to last over 20 years, they need the highest quality materials and are constructed in highly specialized facilities. This, along with their longevity, results in their higher costs.
There are multiple time-exhaustive procedures involved in getting dental implants. There's the actual surgical implantation procedure itself. However, before that, our dentists might recommend a bone graft to strengthen the jawbone where needed to support the implant better. You will also need an impression so that a crown will be designed. These sorts of additional procedures mark up the price of dental implants.
Post Operative Care
A dental implant is a medical surgery and requires careful post-operative care. The price of medicines and healthcare also add to the overall price of getting implants. You need a specialized diet, keep the site clean, and follow special instructions. You may even need to schedule visits to our clinic if you feel something is wrong with the implants. Overall, medicines and related care increase the expense.
Our dental office has to pay rent, salaries, and utilities. That all increases the price of services depending on the area the office is in, the number of staff we have hired, and the quality of medical devices we stock. Overheads contribute to the price of all dental procedures, not just dental Implants.
Part of the price is for the experienced dentist that is taking care of the entire procedure. The price of implants may vary from practice to practice due to the different experience levels of the dentists available. When it comes to your health, paying slightly more for a more experienced individual doesn't just make sense, it saves you money in the long run. Don't compromise on safety over the price.
Dentures vs. Dental Implants
Dentures are removable oral appliances that mimic teeth both aesthetically and practically. They have been the go-to solution for missing teeth for decades, perhaps centuries. However, they don't have the many benefits that dental implants offer. Here are a few of the benefits in question.
Effects of Tooth Loss
Implants support the teeth next to them. This keeps those teeth structurally sound and much less likely to fall, thus preventing tooth loss in the long run. Dentures don't support your remaining teeth; in fact, they put further pressure on them, making them more likely to become loose and fall out.
How Implants Prevent Bone Loss
When you chew, the roots of your teeth exert pressure on your jawbone. This pressure keeps the bone stimulated. Once a tooth disappears and subsequently the pressure it exerted also goes away, the bone doesn't get stimulated and starts to diminish over time. This gives the individual a softer jaw and an aged look. To avoid that, implants mimic the real roots of your teeth and exert the same pressure on the jawbone.
No Diet Restrictions
With dentures, there's a specific number of things you can't eat. This lowers your quality of life because while you can still eat, you can't be adventurous. With dental implants, you can eat just about anything. That means you can go about life just as you did with your natural teeth before losing them.
No matter the quality of the dentures, you can visibly see that they are, in fact, dentures, not real teeth. In contrast, with dental implants, you virtually cannot tell the difference at all. Aesthetically, dental implants win over dentures any day. If you want a permanent perfect smile instead of something you must take out of your mouth to be comfortable, then dental implants are the way to go.
If you didn't have a lisp before getting dentures, you certainly will after you get them. If you want to be able to annunciate all your words clearly, you will need a better solution that is more capable of mimicking your real teeth, like dental implants. You'll be able to speak confidently at all times.
Schedule an Appointment for Dental Implant Consultation
The information above can give you an idea of your dental implant procedure cost. However, the best way to determine the accurate cost of your dental implant procedure is to schedule a dental implant consultation appointment. Our dentist will conduct examinations and tests to evaluate the total cost of your dental implant placement. Individuals interested in getting dental implants can call (704) 332-2532 to schedule an appointment for a dental implant consultation today.