Are Dental Implants Affordable
Although no two cases of dental implants are alike, the average price per tooth for dental implants usually starts at about $2,000. This doesn’t take into account the overall procedure itself, examinations performed to assess bone health (such as CT scans and X-rays), and other factors.
Given the unpredictable price range of dental implants, our dentists understand that it can be difficult to manage your finances. However, dental implants may be more affordable than you think. Think of dental implants as an investment that pays for itself in the long run because it leads to fewer appointments with the dentist and health problems, as well as a permanent tooth restoration.
Understanding the Expenses Involved in Dental Implants
A single dental implant may start at around $2,000 for each implant. But this does not include the cost of the entire procedure. Other costs that must be considered include abutment, root extraction, tooth, pre-op and post-op care, as well as various appointments with the dentist. All of these expenses easily add up, costing patients nearly $4,000 to $5,000 depending on the procedure.
Titanium is Key to Dental Implants
Titanium has rightly been labeled as a ‘wonder metal’ because of its unique properties, including incredible resistance to corrosion. Not only is titanium incredibly durable and strong, but it is also biocompatible with the vast majority of patients. Perhaps the most important property of titanium is that it can fuse with the bone.
All of these properties make titanium the perfect material for dental implants. However, titanium can be hard to obtain and may be expensive depending on where it is sourced from. In addition to these problems, manufacturing titanium with precision requires access to the right tools and skillful personnel. All of these factors can increase the price of dental implants.
Other metals for dental implants include zirconium, ceramics, and porcelain. But in most cases, dentists choose titanium because of their superior properties.
At Queen Anne Family Dental, our goal is to provide you with access to the best treatment possible while being affordable. Our team of skilled specialists, including and , will perform a thorough analysis of your facial features to provide you with fully customized dental implants that fit just right.
The end result is dental implants that last a lifetime!
Multiple Tooth Implants
For obvious reasons, multiple tooth implants may cost you more. However, you may have more pricing options if the teeth are next to each other. This is because you may be able to install a bridge in place with only two implants. The idea is that two implants can support adjacent teeth, making the procedure less expensive than getting all four implants.
Finally, the price of a full mouth implant can easily run $50,000 or even higher, depending on the overall costs.
3D Imaging is Extremely Crucial
3D imaging allows dentists and oral surgeons to take a close look at the mouth and its interior without resorting to invasive procedures. A 3D digital impression is usually taken with the help of x-rays and CT scans that are then fed into computer software.
For obvious reasons, these 3D scanners can be expensive to operate, especially because they allow dentists to obtain precise details that can be used for accurately diagnosing treatments. This can add to the overall cost.
Some patients may require multiple appointments for dental implants. This is especially true if they require bone grafts. During these appointments, we will scan your mouth to make informed decisions and help create a stronger set of teeth for a perfect fit. This will help ensure that the implants last a long time and provide maximum support to each individual.
Dental Implants Require Skill
One thing that often gets undervalued is the dental team’s breadth of experience and skill. Compared with other procedures that involve dentures and bridges, dental implants require time and expertise. They also require an extensive healing time that could span anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. During this time and after, our dental staff stays committed to the patient every step of the way.
Dentures vs. Dental Implants
Dentures usually require anywhere from six to 10 visits and cost about $2,000 or more, depending on the quality. A premium set could cost upwards of $20,000 or more. Although dentures can significantly change a patient's life for the better, they don’t last forever and are prone to wear and tear compared to dental implants.
In addition, dentures usually require replacement every five to 10 years or so, depending on how well they were taken care of. Compare this with about $4,000 for a single dental implant that lasts a lifetime and isn’t prone to wear and tear, and you have a clear winner in the long run.
Once again, it is hard to tell the exact price of dental bridges, but most procedures fall within the range of $1,000 to $4,000. This includes both pontics and abutments. Dental bridges usually last 10 to 15 years but could last for more than 30 years. While the price of dental bridges is less than dental implants, they are less convenient in the long run since they require more frequent replacement.
Which Restorative Dental Procedure is Right For Me?
It can be hard to give a one-size-fits-all answer because no two mouths are the same. Every patient has their own individual requirements, including key markers such as overall health status and jawbone health. Indeed, some patients may not be eligible for dental implants, either because of poor health or because of unfavorable lifestyle patterns such as smoking.
In addition, dental implants also require patients to have sufficient jawbone density for support. Without enough bone density, the dental implant will simply slip out of place and require immediate attention.
This is why we recommend booking an appointment with our specialists at Queen Anne Family Dental. Call (206) 424-4450 so that our helpful and friendly staff can guide you in the right direction. We’ve been helping thousands of people with dental restorative procedures, including dental implants.