How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Your budget is a big factor in your decision for tooth replacement. Dental implants are not the cheapest option, but they are by far the best. Just how much can you expect to pay for a dental implant procedure? The total cost depends on a few factors, which we cover in more detail below. Keep reading to learn what you can expect your dental implants to run you!
Factors Influencing Dental Implant Cost
- Your oral health and the strength of your jaw bone. Tooth loss results in a lack of nutrients flowing to the jaw, causing it to gradually lose its strength and stability over time. Patients who have been missing teeth for a while may lack the sturdy foundation dental implants require for proper anchoring -- but the odds of dental implant success can often be increased with a bone graft procedure. Having this preliminary surgery will increase the cost of your dental implants.
- Location of the missing teeth. Because the front teeth require special tactics to preserve aesthetics, they can be more expensive to replace than a molar or premolar. However, a sinus lift is a special type of procedure that is often recommended before placing a dental implant in the upper molars. This will add to the cost of dental implants as well.
- What the dental implants are made out of. The vast majority of dental implants are made from titanium, a biocompatible and affordable material that promotes the growth of bone tissue. Patients with metal sensitivities or allergies may require a ceramic or zirconia implant post -- and these special materials cost more.
- How many implants need to be placed. Because dental implants are individually priced, the number of teeth you are missing will play perhaps the most significant role in how much your implant procedure costs. But that does not always mean implants are always more expensive than a non implant-retained option. A single implant and a fixed bridge may cost about the same, for example.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Dental insurance helps you afford most of the procedures you need to maintain good oral and overall health -- so it should provide some help paying for dental implants, right? Unfortunately, most dental insurance plans still do not provide any coverage for this replacement option, despite the fact that it is well known to be the best method of replacing missing teeth. This lack of coverage is due to a clause called LEAT, or least expensive alternative treatment, which will call for a fixed bridge or non implant-supported denture in the case of tooth loss.
For patients who are eligible for dental implants, we strongly recommend making the decision based on what is good for your oral health rather than on what dental insurance will cover. We can talk to you about your specific situation in more detail when you schedule a consultation with Dr. Isaacson!
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The only way to know how much your dental implant procedure will cost is to schedule an appointment with your implant dentist. Request a visit with Dr. Isaacson today! We can’t wait to help you enjoy all the benefits of a complete, beautiful smile.