Missing teeth aren’t just a cosmetic issue; you can actually experience new dental problems because of missing teeth if you don’t have them replaced. When it comes to replacement teeth, dental implants are hands-down the superior choice. However, many people don’t even consider the option of dental implants because they believe that the cost will be more than they can afford. The truth is that dental implants can be more affordable than you may think. Take a look at some things you need to know about the true cost of dental implants.
Dental implants will allow you to keep biting into your favorite foods.
The first thing you need to know is that dental implants, while more expensive upfront than other tooth replacement options are also the most cost-effective option in the long run. Dentures need to be replaced periodically as they wear, and they can crack, chip, or shatter if you drop them. Bridgework may also need to be replaced.
Dental implants, on the other hand, can last for the rest of your life if you take care of them. And taking care of them is easy — just treat them the same way you would your natural teeth. Brush them, floss them, and go to your regular dental check-ups, and you should have no need to worry about replacing your implants. What’s more, implants look and function just like your natural teeth — there is no loss of bite power or chance of your teeth slipping out or moving around in your mouth while you speak or eat. While it’s tough to put a dollar value on the ability to bite into an apple or the look of a natural, healthy smile, these things are definitely worth the cost of implants.
Factors Affecting Cost
There are several things that can affect the cost of dental implants. If you have teeth that are loose or damaged but not missing yet, they’ll need to be extracted before implants can be placed, which can increase the cost. If your jaw bone or gum tissue is inadequate to
properly hold the implant, you may need a bone graft or a gum tissue graft, which can also bring the cost up. Additionally, the materials and techniques that your dentist uses for the implants can affect the cost.
The cost also depends on how many teeth need to be replaced. You may replace one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth. You may be surprised to learn, however, that if you need several teeth replaced, you don’t need an implant for each of them. As few as four implants can be enough for a full set of top or bottom teeth.
Paying for Implants
A healthy smile is within your reach.
There are many ways to make paying for dental implants more affordable. While dental insurance doesn’t usually cover dental implants, some dental insurance policies may fully or partially cover implants placed as part of reconstructive dental work — for example, if your teeth were damaged in an accident, your insurance may cover implant replacements.
You can also look into the financing options offered by your dentist. Dental financing allows you to get the dental work you need and pay it o in affordable installments.
Watkin Dental offers high-quality and affordable dental implants made with your comfort and oral health in mind. If you’re interested in implants, or you need more information, contact us to make an appointment.