6 Surprising Things That Affect the Cost of Dental Implants

October 7, 2017

Senior man smiling at dental officePatients who want to replace missing teeth with dental implants have a lot of questions, but the most common one by far is, “How much do they cost?” Patients are often frustrated when their dentists tell them that it varies, but this is the only honest answer. There are numerous factors that impact the cost of your dental implant restoration, and having a better understanding of these variables will help you determine the cost of your implant tooth replacement plan.

1 – The Implant Material

One of the main factors in the cost of the implant restoration is the material. Most high quality restorations are crafted from costly titanium, and as yet, these restorations are the only ones that have shown time tested success. Newer, more affordable materials are still being tested, and they have shown some success, but most providers prefer to use the materials that offer predictable success.

2 – The Number of Implants

The number of dental implants will increase the cost of overall treatment, but what some patients don’t know is that if they have all of the implants placed in the same appointment, they will save money. Each additional implant is offered at a reduced price from the initial implant post.

3 – The Position of Missing Teeth

In addition to the number of missing teeth, the position may affect the cost of tooth replacement. It’s more difficult and time consuming to place implant posts in the back of the mouth, and these larger teeth require a larger implant to hold them in place.

4 – Tooth Extraction

If your damaged tooth needs to be extracted before the implant post is positioned, you will need to pay for the additional cost of this procedure. However, you may be able to save time and money by receiving your implant post on the same day your tooth is extracted.

5 – Preparatory Bone & Soft Tissue Grafting

Prior to placing a dental implant post, some patients may need preparatory bone or soft tissue grafts. These procedures ensure that the patient will have adequate supportive structure to allow the implant to fuse with the jawbone, but they are invasive and can be costly.

6 – Anesthesia or Dental Sedation

Another cost to consider is the price of dental anesthesia or sedation. In some cases, your dental insurance will cover part of these services, but they can impact the price of your implant placement.

Meet Dr. Scotto-Lavino

At the Selden dentistry practice of S. Scotto-Lavino, DDS, we offer a wide range of dental services including dental implant supported tooth replacement. Before we begin any treatment plan, we’ll carefully explain the cost of your procedure, potential dental insurance coverage, and financing options. You will not experience any unpleasant financial surprises when working with Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino and his team. If you want to learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our office to schedule your consultation today. We look forward to seeing you in our Selden dental office today.

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