A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Teeth implants are used to hold a prosthetic tooth in place. In this way, implants function in a similar way to a natural tooth root. Missing teeth are not just an aesthetic issue. Missing teeth cause problems such as shifting, gum disease, and bone resorption. It is wise to replace the missing tooth to prevent additional dental problems. Whether you have lost a single tooth, several, or an entire arch, implants are a solution. Are you considering getting dental implants to improve or restore your smile? It’s a big decision for anyone, both in terms of the cost of dental implants and the surgery required, so we’ve put together this blog so you can learn all about dental implants and make an informed decision.
A Description Of A Dental Implant
Many people use the term ‘implant’ to mean the entire replacement tooth, but it actually only refers to the part inserted into the bone. The result is artificial teeth that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Once the implant is healed, it is a secure base to attach a dental restoration such as a crown, a bridge, or a denture. To replace an entire arch of teeth, four to six implants are placed and topped with a denture. Single dental implants replace individual teeth.
How Much Does A Dental Implant Cost For One Tooth?
The single-tooth implant cost can be anywhere from $1,500 to $6,000+ in the US. This price varies due to the materials used, the type of implant, and where you go. The cost also depends on whether you need to replace a front tooth or a back tooth. It’s often the case that front tooth implants cost slightly more than those at the rear of the mouth.
How Much Does It Cost To Get A Full Mouth?
A three or four-tooth bridge held in place by two implants can cost anywhere from about $5,000 on up. The full teeth replacement cost on the other hand is quite a bit more. If all teeth are missing, full dental implants cost $40,000 to $90,000 or more using traditional methods. The overall state of your gums and jawbone will affect the cost of teeth implants, as will the condition of any remaining teeth. If you want a full arch supported by 4 dental implants, the cost is around $15,000 per arch.
Covering The Cost Of Dental Implants
If you can’t afford to pay for your treatment in full up-front, there are various dental financing options available to help cover the cost of dental implants. These include dental loans, credit cards, and payment plans. Dental implants are still not considered medically necessary (you don’t need implants to successfully restore missing teeth), so they are classified as a “cosmetic” treatment. Most insurance plans do not cover cosmetic dental procedures. So, your insurance may cover a portion of the cost of a replacement tooth, but not the cost of the implant or the procedure.
How Long Would My Dental Implant Last?
With regular brushing and flossing, the implant screw itself can last a lifetime, assuming the patient receives regular dental check-ups every 6 months. The crown, however, usually only lasts about 10 to 15 years before it may need a replacement due to wear and tear.
The Benefits And Advantages Of A Dental Implant
A dental implant has several advantages over other restorations including the following:
- Dental implants behave like natural teeth.
- Dental implants can last a lifetime.
- Dental implants prevent bone loss.
- Dental implants keep adjacent teeth stable.
- Dental implants can help keep you free of gum disease.
Although an implant may cost more initially, its long-lasting nature ensures that it does not need to be replaced or repaired. This means that future dental work will be less expensive.
About Torbeck Dental
Torbeck Dental treats every patient with dignity and excellent care. We are highly trained dental professionals with exceptionally friendly and helpful service. We understand that for many, visiting a dentist can be a stressful experience so our comfortable surroundings and compassionate staff will ease any fears you may have. We are here to help you achieve your happiest and healthiest smile! Our dental team are a group of experienced professionals using the latest treatments. Our team has the professional experience to realize that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all treatment, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to your dental plan. We provide quality and personalized oral health care while keeping your individuality in mind. Our goal is to improve and maintain your oral health so you can smile with confidence!