|How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
One of the most popular options for patients with missing or damaged teeth is dental implants. Our team at Gibson & Bartholomew Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry is experienced with placing dental implants, and many of our patients have found that this is the perfect solution for them. Whether you need to replace a single tooth, a few teeth, all of your lower teeth, upper teeth, or both, dental implants can be the right option for you.
One of the most common questions we get asked is how much dental implants cost. While implants are one of the more costly dental procedures, it is also one of the most permanent tooth replacement options available. Dental implants require oral surgery, various materials and components, and sometimes additional procedures such as tooth extraction or bone grafting can also be needed. These can all affect the total price of dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone to mimic a tooth root. They consist of the implant itself, a connector referred to as the abutment, and the dental crown which serves as the replacement tooth.
They are a permanent tooth replacement option for missing, damaged, or decayed teeth. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. Single tooth implants, multiple tooth implants, implant-supported dentures, and the All-on-4® Treatment Concept are just some of the options available with dental implants.
Dental Implant Materials
You can also select different dental implant materials available in our clinic such as porcelain, ceramic, or metal.
Dental implants are most commonly made out of titanium, as it is biocompatible and works well with the body.
Zirconia is a new material that is also being used for dental implants.
Dental Implant Placement
When it comes time for the dental implant placement, we use local anesthesia to numb the area. We then make a small incision in the gum tissue to access the jawbone. We will then carefully drill a small hole into the jawbone and place the titanium post, which will eventually fuse with the bone through a process called osseointegration.
After the implant has been placed, we will place a temporary crown or bridge on top of it to protect it during the healing process. This temporary crown will be replaced with a permanent one after the implant fully integrates with the jawbone.
Recovery time for a dental implant procedure varies depending on the individual and the number of implants placed. However, some patients may experience some swelling, pain, and discomfort. However, these symptoms will only last for a few days after the procedure. We will provide specific post-operative care instructions, including how to care for the implant and any medication you need.
Dental Implant Cost
The cost of dental implants is dependent on a variety of factors, including the implant materials and the number of teeth being replaced. If additional procedures are required, such as tooth extraction, sinus lift, or bone grafting, this will increase the overall cost as well.
In general, dental implants can range in price from $3,000 to $4,500 for each single tooth.
If you are missing several teeth, getting single tooth implants may cost more than if you were to get multiple tooth implants.
Dental implant placement is a process over a period of several months up to one year. There is healing time required in between placement of the implant post, the abutment, and finally, the dental crown.
Each person's experience will be unique, depending on their specific oral health, number of missing teeth, and individual dental needs. In order to find out for certain how much dental implants may be for you, it is best to make an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Kurt Gibson at Gibson & Bartholomew Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry for a consultation.
Are Dental Implants Covered by Insurance?
In previous years many insurance plans did not cover dental implants, but things have changed. Dental implant insurance coverage options vary significantly based on one's insurance plan. Most dental insurance plans do not pay the total implant procedure costs. Only a few dental insurance plans cover a section of the implant treatment's cost. Dental insurance can pay you up to $1,500 per implant every year.
Dental Implant FAQs
Am I Too Old for Dental Implants?
There is no age cap for receiving dental implants. The only restriction is that we do not do dental implant placement for individuals that do not yet have a fully developed jaw, so teenagers and young adults may not be able to get dental implants until their jaw has fully grown.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants, themselves, can last for up to 25 years. The crown that serves as the new tooth, may need to be replaced after five to 15 years.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants Over Dentures?
Both dental implants and dentures replace missing teeth. Implants, however, are a permanent restoration option, while dentures need to be replaced every five to 10 years. While dentures require extra maintenance and care, implants only need regular brushing and flossing - as you do with your natural teeth. Dental implants support your jawbone structure, therefore eliminating jawbone atrophy, which can occur with dentures that are removable and do not provide the same jawbone support.
Are You Ready for Dental Implants?
We have modern tools to safely place dental implants on your jawbone. If you have one or many missing teeth we can recommend a permanent solution for your problem. We start by examining your oral health to ensure you are an ideal candidate. If you have severe bone loss we will recommend bone grafting before implant placement. You can rely on our superior services for unrivaled results and aesthetic appeal. If you are unable to pay for your dental implant procedure, you can benefit from several financing options offered by Gibson & Bartholomew Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry at low or no interest.
If you're considering dental implants to replace your missing or worn teeth, we'd love to hear from you. Call us today at (336) 283-2593 and schedule a consultation with one of our representatives.
1341 Westgate Center Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27103-3043