Dental Implants: An Investment in Health
How much do dental implants cost?
Dr. Mueller knows that when deciding between dental implants and alternative tooth replacement methods, there’s a lot to think about. That’s why we offer you this guide — a list of things to consider when making an informed decision about options for replacing your teeth.
Dental Implants Last Longer
Fact: Dental implants last two-to-three times as long (25+ years) as traditional tooth replacement approaches such as dental bridges (5-15 years) and dentures (5-8 years). Simply put, in terms of longevity, dental implants can’t be beat. This is why, although they are more expensive upfront, they are usually a better investment over time. When compared to bridges and dentures, which will likely have to be replaced 2-3 times during a person’s life, dental implants pay for themselves.
Jaw Deterioration: The Price of Going Without Implants
Without the regular stimulation of chewing, biting and speaking provided by teeth, the jawbone deteriorates. In the first year alone after the loss of a tooth, a patient may lose 25% of his or her supporting jawbone structure. There is only one way to stop the recession: with dental implants. Because the titanium screw fuses with the bone, it provides the stimulation that is needed over time to maintain jawbone mass.
Eat and Feel Great Again
With dentures and bridges, there are limitations to what you can eat, and dentures look unnatural and have a reputation for falling out at inopportune times. By contrast, dental implants give you back your ability to eat anything, and your self-esteem at the same time.
Tips for Comparing Dental Implant Providers
When comparing quotes from various providers, keep in mind that there are several steps in the dental implant process that often involve more than one specialist – each should be figured into the cost.
- x-rays & imaging
- tooth extraction
- bone grafting
- implant surgery
- final restoration (crown)
Does insurance cover dental implants?
Most dental insurance plans do not cover dental implants because insurance companies feel that there are cheaper alternatives available. Helping you understand your benefits and alternative treatments is part of our job — we will be with you every step of the way. We will always do our utmost to get insurance benefits for any covered procedure.
Dental Implants: Estimating your Cost
The cost of dental implants depends heavily on a variety of details about each individual patient’s case. That’s why the best way to get an accurate estimate of what your cost will be is by calling us to schedule a consultation — we look forward to putting a smile back on your face.