Like with any procedure, the first thing you’ll want to know when getting dental implants is how much you can expect to pay overall. While the exact amount will be different for each patient, Dr. Uchil and Dr. Girskis can create an estimate during your initial consultation; you can use this amount to start figuring out how you can fit your new teeth into your budget. Contact us today to start the dental implant process and learn more about the ultimate cost.
Some patients need four to eight implants to support their dentures. Other only need one post and a crown to fill in an empty space in their smile. The extent of your tooth loss affects the number of implant posts that you’ll need to get as well as the kind of prosthetic they’ll support; naturally, this will also affect the ultimate cost of the procedure overall. Rest assured that we’ll always recommend the most conservative treatment possible. For example, if you’re missing four teeth in a row, we can replace them with two implants and a bridge instead of placing an individual implant for each one.
The dental implant process involves multiple stages and will typically require several appointments, with each one carrying its own cost to be considered. In general, the process begins with a consultation and is followed by surgery to insert the implant posts into your jaw. Once your mouth is healed, you’ll typically need to receive an abutment, and the final step is to anchor your replacement tooth or teeth to the implants. Of course, some patients might also need to undergo additional procedures such as bone grafting or periodontal therapy; we will make sure you understand all the necessary steps and how they’ll affect the final price.
When thinking about the price of dental implants, don’t forget that the procedure is a long-term investment. Once you’ve received your implant-retained teeth, you’ll be able to eat all your favorite foods and speak without fear of your prosthetic slipping. Also, while implants might initially cost more than other restorations, they also generally need to be replaced far less often and may even last the rest of your life; that means they could potentially save you money over the long term. Finally, it’s important to remember that implants are the only type of restoration that can prevent bone loss and help your jaw maintain its strength and shape.
Some plans might help pay for dental implants, but in general insurance companies tend to think of them as a cosmetic procedure and thus won’t cover them. That said, you might still be able to use your insurance to help pay for your consultation and some related procedures. (For example, if you need periodontal therapy to treat gum disease before implant surgery, many plans will provide coverage.) We’ll do everything we can to help you make your care affordable, whether that means filing claims with your insurance provider or helping you apply for financing through third-party companies like CareCredit.