It’s only natural to want to know how much you can expect to pay for dental implants before you actually begin the process. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to get a useful range just by doing online research. There are so many different variables that need to be considered that the only way to get a reliable estimate is to talk to a dentist during an implant consultation. Before you do so, though, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the things that might affect the amount you pay. Read on to discover 5 key dental implant cost factors that every patient needs to keep in mind.
1. The Number of Implants
It probably goes without saying that two dental implants have a higher cost than a single implant. The more dental implants a procedure requires, the more you will have to pay in the end. Needless to say, the number of implants needed depends very heavily on how many teeth are missing. Thus, more extensive cases of tooth loss will naturally be more costly.
2. The Type of Restoration Needed
In addition to the number of implants being placed, the type of restoration required also needs to be taken into account. Implant crowns, bridges, and dentures all carry costs of their own, and they are each attached to a different number of dental implant posts. Figuring out the type of restoration you need can significantly narrow down the expected price range.
3. Additional Oral Surgeries
The dental implant procedure can involve various surgeries besides implant placement. Some patients might need extractions to make room for the posts. Others might need a bone graft or a sinus lift in order to ensure that their jaws are capable of supporting dental implants. These preliminary treatments will have a cost separate from the dental implant surgery.
4. The Materials Used
Dental implants are usually made out of biocompatible titanium or titanium alloy, but they can also be made from zirconium depending on the patient’s needs. Talk to your dentist about the material that your implants will be composed of and how it could affect the final cost of care.
5. Location of the Teeth in Question
One often overlooked factor that changes the cost of dental implants is the location of the teeth that need to be replaced. In general, front teeth are more expensive to replace due to the additional consideration they require. For example, more care has to be taken to insert the implant post at just the right angle so that it lines up with the jaw.
Your dentist will go over these and other factors during your initial consultation. Make sure you ask about anything you don’t fully understand; being fully aware of the costs associated with implants will ultimately make the entire procedure go much smoother.
About the Author
Dr. Gary P. Hutnik has more than thirty years of experience in private practice, public health dentistry, and nursing home dentistry. He enjoys the esthetic challenge of repairing smiles in a beautiful way. He can go over the costs of dental implants with you during a consultation and help you determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you have questions about dental implants, get in touch with Dr. Hutnik at Lansing Elite Dental by visiting our website or calling (517) 886-9696.