By Susan Braden
One modern dental procedure rapidly rising in popularity for those who need artificial teeth is implant restoration. If you are considering implants, you may have some questions about the procedure and the terminology. Here is a brief look at implants that will hopefully answer many of your questions and concerns.
An implant is a metal tooth "root" that anchors a tooth-colored crown to your jaw. If you are in need of an implant, it is important to take into consideration that the term "implant" may only refer to the artificial tooth root that anchors the crown, and not actually the crown itself. This implant anchor is typically made of titanium and mounted into your jawbone to hold the visible crown in place. This is often also referred to as an "implant supported crown." There are a number of different types of often less than affordable artificial teeth (called prostheses), such as crowns, bridges, and dentures, that can be mounted onto implants. The type which your dentist recommends will affect how affordable dental implants are for you. Your dentist may suggest an affordable dental plan or insurance to help cut the cost of your implant procedures.Back to Top
There are primarily three different types of implants.
There are three components of implant restoration. To insert an implant in your mouth, a dentist uses an implant post (the metal tooth root), an abutment (the stump of the crown prosthesis), and the crown itself. Your dentist will mount the crown atop the abutment.
Full Mouth Implants. If all of your teeth need to be replaced, a complete implant-supported denture may be your best option.
Partial Implants. If you need just several teeth replaced, a partial implant procedure can help.
Single Implant. An implant is a great way to replace even a single tooth. With just one implant and a crown, you can have a brand new tooth.
The financial coordinator at your dentist’s office can give you a more accurate estimate of costs, but typically single tooth dental implant treatments can cost anywhere from $6,500 to $9,500 (which includes surgical placement and the implant crown), and prices may vary beyond that depending on the state you live in. For full mouth dental implants, all 28 teeth, the cost is between $182,000 to $266,000. Unfortunately, dental insurance does not typically cover the cost of cosmetic procedures like dental implants. However, more insurance companies have begun covering part of the cost of dental implants over the past decade. Talk to your dental insurance company for more information.Back to Top
If dental insurance is not an option for you, our discount dental plans can cover part of the cost. With our 20% discount on the procedure and dental device, a single tooth dental implant treatment might cost you anywhere from $5,200 to $7,600. For full mouth dental implants, all 28 teeth, the cost would drop between $145,600 and $212,800 compared to paying that cost without any type of dental coverage. While that’s still a hefty penny to pay, it’s a significant drop from the former pricing.
Disclaimer: Due to dental implants being considered a cosmetic procedure and not medically necessary, some dentists may opt out of offering our discounts on these prices. Talk to your dentist to find out before planning treatment.
Some other options for making this procedure more affordable include:
If you can afford it, dental implants are better than dentures. Dentures can often be ill-fitted, feel loose, wiggle and don’t hold very well, whereas dental implants feel more natural and permanent.
However, when you’re looking at price and the procedure, dentures are a much more realistic option. It’s a lot less money and less invasive of a procedure.Back to Top
You may have many more questions on your mind that you’d like answered before getting dental implants. That’s good. This is definitely not something you should rush into if you don’t have to. Here are some questions to ask before getting dental implants.Back to Top
Hopefully, now you have a basic understanding of implants. Though implants can be very expensive, the advantage is that they may feel and look natural. Unlike other tooth replacement procedures, implants allow you to eat, laugh, and talk with confidence. If you are considering implants, hopefully this information has been a help to you!Back to Top