If you are missing teeth, it can be overwhelming reviewing and considering all the choices available for replacement. The total cost of the procedure will undoubtedly be an important factor in your choice. Dr. Carter Perkins, a Dunnellon, FL dentist, will recommend dental implants because they are the closest option available to your natural teeth. They are a long-term investment in your overall health and will help to prevent the need for further advanced dental care. The initial cost of dental implants may be more expensive than other tooth replacement options such as dentures or dental bridges. When compared to other dental restorations, implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth and often require no future maintenance costs. We offer a single tooth dental implant as well as dental implants for multiple missing teeth.
Dental Implant Cost Factors
- Location and size of the implant – Since each patient has a different mouth, each dental implant case is different. The location of the dental implant and the size needed will have a huge impact on the cost. Some tooth locations in your mouth require more advanced dental care when placing a dental implant.
- Need for bone grafting – In order to qualify for dental implants, the patient must have sufficient bone density. The titanium post needs to be surgically implanted and have enough bone to fuse with in order for the dental implants to be successful. If the patient does not have enough bone, a procedure known as bone grafting will need to be done and will impact the total cost for dental implants.
- The need for extractions – If you are missing the tooth already, you can go straight to surgical implantation for the dental implant. If you have a damaged tooth that needs extracted first, this is a separate procedure with associated costs.
- Over-all oral health – Often missing teeth are associated with other oral health problems such as gum disease. Patients suffering from oral health conditions will require treatment to ensure a healthy mouth for successful implantation.
- Number of implants being placed – It will cost less to replace one missing tooth versus a whole row of teeth. It’s best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Perkins at his Dunnellon, FL dentist office to see exactly how many dental implants you will need.
Comparing the Costs
Dental implants will cost more up front when compared to dentures and bridges. Dentures and dental bridges may need replaced, realigned, or rebased over time, however. The maintenance and care costs will add up over time and will most likely exceed the cost of implants. Also, your quality of life is much higher with teeth implants and this must be considered when comparing costs. With dentures, you will have about a 30-40% normal chewing function. Dental implants will deliver a 100% normal chewing function.
Does dental insurance cover the cost of dental implants?
Everyone’s dental insurance is different and coverage will vary depending on your plan. Dental insurance is designed to cover routine care, emergencies and basic dental care. Typically, dental insurance companies will not cover the implant placement. Some may partially cover the dental restoration (the dental crown, dental bridge or denture), or the tooth extraction if it is required. Please call the phone number on the back of your insurance card to determine if we are an in-network provider for you plan and what parts of the dental implant process will be covered. If we are out of network and your insurance allows you to go to an out of network provider, we would be happy to file claims on your behalf. We accept checks, cash or credit cards for the balance of your treatment not covered. Contact our staff if you will require financing.