Considering the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a long term investment in your oral health, your smile and your quality of life. While implants have been available for several decades, for many patients they are still a relatively new concept. Like any investment, considering the benefits and cost of dental implants and comparing quotes, there are several important points that should be kept in mind.
When comparing the cost of dental implants to other tooth replacement methods such as dentures and bridges, it is important to take into consideration the longevity offered by dental implants is usually better than most other options.
While dentures and bridges are initially less expensive, their affordability can be short-lived. Because these older methods require repair and replacement every 5-10 years, they are often more expensive over time. By contrast, dental implants, when properly placed and cared for, can last a lifetime.
Dental bridges and partial dentures can also damage the teeth that they are resting on. Often the need to replace these options comes from these rest teeth failing.
Jaw Bone Health
Over time, when a tooth is missing, the jaw bone deteriorates and shrinks. So while a denture or bridge may seem to function similarly to a tooth, underneath the surface damage is being done to the jaw bone and ultimately to the supporting structure of the face. As this bone degrades it can lead to the “sunken in” look or aged look that comes with the loss of teeth and supporting bone.
On the other hand, dental implants actually integrates with the jaw bone, strengthening it and maintaining the bone. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the mouth helping to maintain chewing function and facial appearance.
Quality of Life
Dental implants can be seen as a long-term investment not only in terms of money, but also in terms of quality of life. A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth. In addition to allowing you to eat the same healthy foods he or she has always enjoyed, it also eliminates the day-to-day hassles and possible embarrassment that are frequently caused by dentures.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Before treatment begins, every effort will be made to give you an accurate estimate of all the expenses involved in placing the implants and making your replacement teeth.
When different doctors are involved in your treatment, you will be charged separately for their services. We will try to assist you in estimating what your actual payments to our office will be after we evaluate your insurance coverage or other third party payments. We also offer financing options which we discuss on our “Financing Page”
Each patient is unique, and it is not possible for us to anticipate and discuss every option and every contingency for treatment outcome. However, most implants are very predictable tooth replacements and we do our best to estimate your costs as accurately as possible.
Comparing Dental Implant Quotes
There are several steps (and often multiple professionals) involved in the placement of a dental implant. When comparing quotes, it’s important to factor in the cost of each of these steps:
- Exams/office visits
- Tooth/root extraction
- Bone grafting
- Placement of the titanium root (the “dental implant”)
- Placement of the crown
- X-rays, pre- and post-operative care
What about Mini Implants?
“Mini implants” are small implants that have started to be used as permanent anchors for replacement teeth. Because of their low cost they are being used in unconventional ways to anchor dentures. However due to their small size and small surface area in the bone they have a much higher tendency to become overloaded and fail. An analogy would be holding a hammock up between two big trees with deep roots vs. many little saplings with shallow roots. The saplings are more likely to come out.
In some compromised cases with very little bone, mini implants are an option but thankfully with our modern implants and bone grafting systems we rarely have to resort to them.
Financing for Dental Implants
We will help to coordinate all of your costs and benefits including your dental insurance as well as providing multiple financing options. Please see our <financing page> (link)
There are health care credit companies that offer no-interest and low-interest loans for medical procedures including dental implants.
Dental Implants are an investment in your health as well as your appearance. A full set of teeth makes eating a pleasure again, making it easier to eat a balanced, healthy diet. A full set of teeth also preserves the contours of the face, keeping you from looking old before your time.
Schedule Your Consultation
The only way to receive an accurate price quote is to call us and come in for a consultation, and we can give you a specific price for your case.
Please call us at Charleston, SC Phone Number 843-554-5003 to schedule your consultation. Your beautiful new smile is waiting for you!