The new standard in tooth replacement that is both comfortable and cost effective are dental implants. These artificial tooth replacements are roots that can reinvigorate your smile and give you the confidence needed to feel more open and free when eating your favorite foods and interacting with others. Unlike bridges, crowns, and dentures, dental implants are an effective solution in providing the feel of natural teeth without the regular maintenance of those other methods of tooth replacement. Because chronic dental problems can plague a person and cause maximum discomfort at any moment of their lives, dental implants have surged in popularity and become the preferred treatment due to their ease of care and beauty.
BREAKING DOWN THE WHY’S AND HOW’S
There are three stages to the dental implant procedure.
- A fixture that permanently attaches to your jaw and acts as a secured artificial tooth root.
- A connector that holds the new set of teeth. This can be permanent, though a doctor is able to remove it if desired.
- The crown is the final part, the visible tooth made of either porcelain or zirconium. It is durable with the end result having an outstanding look.
Once the missing tooth—or a completely new full set of artificial teeth—are in place, the recovery stage begins which includes the discomfort of possible swelling and bruising. Anti-inflammatory medicine, ice packs and rest, as outlined by the doctor, is typically prescribed until the ailing subsides. The patient may then resume established eating habits and smile freely. The recovery time can be considerable, especially if additional restructuring procedures are included.
As the work is performed in stages by a dental implant specialist, the cost is broken down into each stage. There may also be a “flipper” tooth while the jaw is healing after surgery, which adds an additional cost. If there are altering procedures such as extractions, bone grafts, even sinus lifts, the costs get enhanced. Every person’s needs are different, and it’s up to the doctor to determine which add-ons to choose based on the health of the teeth and the allotted budget they agreed upon together.
A single implant can run between $2000-$5000, with multiple caveats allowed for the add-ons and extra tooth implants required in surgery, if it was agreed upon at the onset. Since this is considered a cosmetic surgery, dental insurance does not typically cover the costs. A person will have to check with their dental provider, as each case is categorized. Some surgery procedures might be covered by health insurance and again, it’s on a case by case basis.
According to Cost Helper Health:
- A single implant typically costs $2,400-$3,000, but can be $4,000-$10,000 or more if additional procedures like extractions, bone grafts, tissue grafts or a sinus lift are needed. CostHelper readers report paying $1,000-$5,000 for an implant with an average cost of $2,488.
- Placing an abutment and a dental crown on a single implant typically adds $500-$3,000 to the cost of just the implant, for a total of $1,500-$13,000 or more. CostHelper readers report paying $1,750-$8,270 for an implant, flipper tooth, abutment, crown and all needed procedures, with an average cost of $4,263.
- Two to six implants topped with a partial or full-mouth dental bridge can cost $3,500-$30,000 or more, depending on the number of implants, bridge size and materials, and any other needed procedures. CostHelper readers report paying $4,000-$16,000 for a three- or four-tooth bridge on two implants, with an average price of $8,486.
- Two to six implants with a removable denture plate can cost $3,500-$30,000 or more depending on the number and type of implants (mini-implants are less expensive), denture materials (in some cases an existing denture plate can be adapted for use with implants) and any other procedures needed. A full set (upper and lower) of implants and dentures can cost $7,000-$90,000 or more. CostHelper readers report paying $3,800-$27,858 for implants with a single denture plate, at an average cost of $14,226; and $6,549-$80,000 for a full set of implant-supported dentures (upper and lower), for an average expense of $34,119.
Dental implants are intended to provide the patient with reassurance, security and comfort. The overall result being a long-term solution to dental misery and pain, and on the road to better wellness.