Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
If you’re missing one or more teeth, one of today’s best options for replacement is a dental implant. Implants create replacement teeth that look and function like your own teeth. Implants even help prevent the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are lost. Patients who have lost teeth can regain the ability to eat anything, and they can smile with confidence knowing their teeth appear natural and their facial contours are preserved.
While it’s true the upfront cost associated with dental implants is higher than other tooth replacement options, the end result is worth the expense. Dental implants are a specialized more permanent solution and their cost reflects the precision, customization, and expertise that go into each one.
The word “implant” actually refers to a tiny pure titanium post that we secure into your jawbone to act as the “roots” of the new tooth. Everyone’s jawbone is different and we conduct specialized imaging to view your jawbone in three dimensions. These critical images become the roadmap we use to place the implant and create a surgical guide. Each post is painstakingly refined and shaped into a screw-like cylinder which is an expensive process. Once we have the implant in hand, we use precise, surgical techniques to place the implants into your jawbone. Then, your bone and gum heals around your new titanium implant.
We design a dental crown to specifically match your natural teeth and provide the needed profile for your proper bite. This involved process requires a range of imaging techniques, 3-D modeling and milling the crown. Important considerations such as the thickness of your gum tissue, how the new crown will fit together with the surrounding teeth and shade matching all go into making sure your custom crown is right for you.
Clearly, a dental implant is a sophisticated procedure that requires detailed knowledge, education and skill – but it’s not a one-time training. Dental implant technology is innovative, and its materials and processes are constantly changing. At Mint Dental Works, we continually upgrade our education and training to ensure that you benefit from latest advancements in this evolving field.
In addition, not all companies who create dental implants are the same. At Mint, we have researched implant companies to find those with the most reliable track record combined with pioneering innovation. This is imperative because if an implant company goes out of business, we might no longer be able to obtain the custom components to fit their implant. Although components from these companies cost more, their expertise, reliability and drive for innovation offers you peace of mind.
As with any health decision, you need to make informed choices and have confidence in your investment. You may have noticed implant prices can vary greatly but be wary when shopping around. It isn’t wise to trust a quoted price from someone who hasn’t carefully examined you. Remember, dental implants need to be customized to fit your oral health, your appearance, and your long-term needs, so your treatment plan will be unique to you.
Some important variables in treatment that impact the cost include:
- The health and structure of your jawbone When a tooth is missing, the bone may be poorly affected. If the bone is not adequate to support the implant then grafting may necessary. The cost of this procedure can vary depending on specific clinical characteristics.
- The number of replacement teeth needed
- The size and shape of implants needed
Dental implants can protect your bone health, support surrounding teeth, improve chewing, bring confidence to your smile, and can last your lifetime if well cared for. Ask us about your specific case so we can answer your questions and help you make the decision that’s right for you.