Implants provide the stability and function of natural teeth.
It’s easy to see why implants are often praised as the best tooth replacement option out there: they prevent bone loss in your jaw and their deep roots provide the stability needed to ensure they look and feel like real teeth. They allow you to eat all of your favorite foods without reservations—even with implant-supported dentures. Getting implants is a long and complex process that varies greatly from one person to the next, though, so it can be difficult to understand how it all works when you’re doing research on the internet—especially if you’re trying to estimate how much your dental implants will cost. To help you understand what’s involved with your implant a little bit better, we’ll be discussing different factors that impact the overall cost of the procedure.
Your costs are influenced by many different factors.
Implants are specialized treatments that involve a number of different steps, so many different factors can influence how much they cost. Most of these factors have to do with your specific treatment needs, such as how many implants you’re receiving, whether you’re choosing to top them with a crown, bridge, or dentures, and the level of care you receive. Costs can also vary between different regions of the country and even between dental offices, depending on the experience level of each dentist. As a result, your location and which dentist you choose for the procedure will also influence the overall cost and quality of your implants.
All of these factors mean that the final cost of dental implants can vary greatly, making it nearly impossible to give you an accurate estimate of your overall costs without knowing the specifics of your case. Keep in mind, however, that implants are a multi-step surgery—and that’s reflected in the overall cost. If you’d like a more in-depth look at how much your implants will cost, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Matz or Dr. Ellingson to discuss your individual case; once your dentist has all the relevant details, they’ll be able to give you a much more accurate estimate of your overall costs.
You receive a lot of care before you get your implants.
One factor to really consider in the overall cost of your implants is just how much care you receive before you undergo the procedure itself. In order to determine if you’re a good fit for implants, assess whether you’re suffering bone loss in your jaw, and to plan the placement of the metal rods, your dentist will perform an evaluation of your mouth and take x-rays of your teeth and jaws. If you need a tooth extraction or bone graft before you can receive your implant, this will add to the overall cost of your treatment.
Before you receive your implant, you’ll also spend time discussing your treatment goals and preferences with your dentist, including what you’d like your new smile to look like. If you’re getting implant-supported dentures, for example, you’ll work closely with your dentist to choose the size, shape, and shade of your new teeth to ensure that your new smile will look as natural and beautiful as it feels. Your dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic or special mouthwash for you to begin using a few days before your first procedure. This minimizes the risk of infection during the healing process.
You keep receiving care after your implants are placed.
When your dentist initially places your tooth prosthesis, such as dentures, they will check how it fits and make any adjustments to ensure it’s comfortable. If you find that your dentures still don’t feel quite right or are hurting your gums by rubbing on them too much, however, call our office right away to schedule an appointment. Your implant-supported dentures should feel natural and comfortable, so sore gums are a sign that they’re not fitting quite right yet. Your dentist will take the time to make the necessary adjustments that will help the dentures feel natural.
Even after the entire implant process is complete, you’ll continue having access to care related to the procedure. Your dentist will give you instructions about how to care for your healing jaw at home, such as eating soft foods, practicing great oral hygiene, and using ice and over-the-counter pain medications to minimize your discomfort. You may also receive antibiotics to take after your surgery to continue to minimize your risk of infection. We always prioritize your health, so if you have any questions or problems, please call Dr. Matz or Dr. Ellingson to ask questions or schedule an appointment.
You can get help with the cost of your implants.
We understand that knowing how you’re going to finance implants is a huge part of deciding whether or not you’ll get them. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways you can get the help you need to afford your implants. Since implants are still considered an elective procedure by many dental insurance companies, most dental plans don’t cover the cost of implants. Some companies are beginning to cover the treatment, however, so it’s definitely worth looking into whether or not your plan will cover your implants—and how much they’ll cover. Even if your dental insurance won’t cover your implants, the procedure is considered a surgery, so you can usually get part of the cost paid for by your medical insurance. Our office also offers several options, such as our Tooth Doc Membership Club or CareCredit, to help you afford your care.
Although implants take time to complete and can have a sizable price tag attached, their value is unparalleled. In addition to feeling completely natural and protecting your oral health on a deeper level than any other tooth replacement option, implants last an entire lifetime with proper care—you’ll only have to replace the crown, bridge, or dentures capping your implants occasionally due to wear and tear, saving you money in the long run. If you’re interested in learning more about implants and what your treatment is likely to cost, feel free to call our office at any time to schedule a consultation.