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Published on: 13 Oct 2016 by karencole
Dental implants are one of the best ways to restore your smile and replace missing teeth. Given the fact that nearly half of all adults have experienced the loss of at least one tooth, it’s more important than ever before to find a way to affordably restore their natural biting and chewing capabilities (not to mention their self-esteem!). Otherwise, your remaining teeth can wear out to quickly or shift out of place.
Traditionally, dental bridges or removable partial dentures have been the economical go-to method of replacing missing teeth. But now, dental implants are quickly becoming the restorative option of choice. It’s no surprise, since approximately 98% of dental implant cases will last for the rest of the patient’s life. This can make affording an implant even more budget-friendly, especially since a bridge needs to be changed out every 10 years or so.
Ultimately, the overall cost of your dental implant will depend on things like:
1) The Number of Dental Implants You Need
How many teeth do you need to replace? It could be that you need a single implant for each individual missing tooth. But, if you have several missing teeth in a row, you can replace a prosthesis such as a bridge on top of fewer implants than there are missing teeth. In many cases, a single implant can accommodate three or even four crowns. Even a full-mouth denture may be possible to anchor on top of as few as four dental implants total!
2) The Type of Dental Implant Restoration You Choose
On top of your implants, you will anchor your fixed prosthesis. This can be a crown, bridge, permanent denture, or snap-on denture. The type that you choose will impact the overall cost of your treatment. Generally, it’s more cost effective to replace more teeth at simultaneously than it is to put a single implant and crown in every spot, one at a time.
Your Insurance Coverage
You will also want to ask your dental implant provider whether or not your insurance plan covers any phase of the treatment. In some cases, it does. For others, you may want to opt for an affordable financing plan.
Whether or Not Other Procedures are Needed
Sometimes, our mouths aren’t naturally “fit” enough to support the implant. It may be that we lack adequate bone or the nasal sinuses are getting in the way. Supportive procedures like bone grafts, sinus lifts, or tissue augmentation may be necessary to prepare your mouth before a dental implant can be placed.
Get a Custom Quote on the Price of Dental Implant Treatment
The easiest and quickest way to find out exactly how much your dental implants will cost is to schedule a consultation with your implant dentist. At Summit Dental Center in Houston, we will assess your smile, discuss your concerns and goals, and take a series of x-rays to determine the best plan of therapy. Our patients are then given a customized treatment plan for their consideration. If you live near Houston, call our office for more information.