Considering the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants have been available for several decades; however, for most patients, they are still a relatively new concept. When considering the cost of dental implants and comparing quotes, there are several important points that should be kept in mind.
When comparing the cost of dental implants to other tooth replacement methods such as dentures and bridges, it is important to take into consideration the longevity offered by dental implants that is not always afforded by other more traditional methods.
While dentures and bridges are initially less expensive, their affordability can be short-term. Because these older methods require repair and replacement every 5 to 10 years, they are often more expensive overtime. By contrast, dental implants, when properly placed and cared for, can last a lifetime.
Jaw Bone Health
Overtime, when a tooth is missing, the jaw bone deteriorates. So while a denture or bridge may seem to function similarly to a tooth, underneath the surface damage is being done to the jaw bone and ultimately to the structure of the face, which can result in the distortion of the shape of a person’s face, leading to additional cosmetic procedures and costs down the road.
On the other hand, dental implants are made of titanium, which integrates with the jaw bone, strengthening it, and stimulating bone growth. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the mouth, lessening problems in the future.
Quality of Life
Dental implants can be seen as a long-term investment not only in terms of money but also in terms of quality of life. A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth. In addition to allowing the patient to eat the same healthy foods they have always enjoyed, it also eliminates the day-to-day frustrations and possible embarrassment that are frequently caused by dentures.
Dental Implants are an investment in your health as well as your appearance. A full set of teeth makes eating a pleasure again, making it easier to eat a balanced, healthy diet. A full set of teeth also preserves the contours of the face, keeping you from looking old before your time.
Comparing Dental Implant Quotes
There are several steps (and often multiple professionals) involved in the placement of a dental implant. When comparing quotes, it’s important to factor in the cost of each of these steps:
- Exams/office visits
- Tooth/root extraction
- Bone Grafting
- Placement of the titanium root (the “dental implant”)
- Placement of the crown
- X-rays, pre-and post-operative care
Financing for Dental Implants
It may be beneficial to check with your dental insurance carrier to see what portion, if any, of dental implants they cover.
There are healthcare credit companies that offer no-interest and low-interest loans for medical procedures including dental implants.
Schedule Your Consultation
The only way to receive an accurate price quote is to call us and come in for a consultation, and we can give you a specific price for your case. Please call us at Edmonton Office Phone Number 780-454-6565 to schedule your consultation.