What to Consider When Calculating the Cost of Dental Implants

Cost/Price, Dental ImplantsFeb 6, 2019

Dental Implant Cost

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Wondering how to estimate dental implant cost? The cost of your dental treatment can vary widely depending on a variety of factors, including:

Pre-Treatment Dental Implant Costs

A CT produces a higher quality image than a 2D x-ray and will show your dentist a clearer picture of your mouth structure.  This ensures better chances of implant success. Your dentist may refer you for periodontal treatment to ensure your gums are healthy. If there is not enough bone in your jaw to support an implant you might need bone grafts to build up your jaw in order to make space for the implants before you get your new teeth.

Single Dental Implants vs Implant Supported Dentures

A single missing tooth only needs a single implant to replace the root of the tooth with a titanium post, which is then covered with a crown as a tooth replacement. For multiple missing teeth, instead of an implant for each replacement tooth, you can save money and ease the pressure on your jaw with implant supported dentures. These allow an entire arch of teeth to be put on just 3-6 implants.

Dental Coverage

Dental insurance lags far behind other types of health insurance when it comes to coverage limits and a realistic estimation of costs. Most network and dental insurance plans have a deductible. This deductible  must be paid before any insurance kicks in, only cover around 80% of “standard costs” for any dental procedure, require pre approval for complex treatments such as dental implants, and have annual maximum benefits as low as $1,000 or $1,500 a year. Dental “benefit plans” are merely discount programs. They typically have flat rates for dental services and require you to find a dentist who has signed up under the plan.

Location

Where you live can affect the cost of your dental implant or implant supported dentures. Dental implant cost is typically higher in big cities or city centers, where there is a lot of competition. Smaller towns may have a lower cost for dental implants and implant supported dentures.

Post-Treatment Dental Implant Costs

A properly placed implant with no complications can often last 15 to 20 years – or even a lifetime. Ask your dentist if they offer a lifetime guarantee, and what is required to keep the warranty in place. In many cases, you will be required to have your new teeth maintained on a regular schedule, and some dentists may also require that you have special gum (periodontics) treatments. If you have implant supported dentures, it is possible that the denture portion itself could be damaged at some point although this is not very common. Taking care of your dental implants can reduce post-treatment costs. Finding a trustworthy, experienced dentist to place your dental implants is the first step. He or she can walk you through the process and help you decide which type of implants are best for you. New Smile dentists may also be able to advise you on any financial plans they offer to help you afford your implants.     Schedule a consultation with New Smile's experts

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