There once was a time when patients only had limited options for replacing their missing teeth, which included such options as crowns, bridges and dentures. With the breakthroughs in dentistry, there is now a more reliable, functional and aesthetically-pleasing form of replacement with dental implants. If you’ve never heard of them, though, you’re probably wondering what they are and how much the procedure costs to receive them. Read on to get the answers.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is designed to replace more than just a missing tooth. It also acts as a replacement for the missing root. In doing so, it is considered the “gold standard” for tooth restoration.
The implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the underlying jawbone. The post will eventually fuse with the existing bone through a natural process called osseointegration, which produces a firm and lasting foundation that can go on to support a final restoration (implanted-supported crown, bridge or denture).
What Does Each Step of the Procedure Cost?
The dental implant procedure is typically done in stages. Below, you’ll find the average cost of each step of the process:
- Implant Placement – The initial placement of a single dental implant can average between $1,500 and $3,000.
- Abutment and Restoration – After sufficient healing, a titanium abutment is added, which allows the restoration to be attached to the implant. On average, this step costs an additional $500 to $3,000.
Other Factors That Can Affect the Cost
For some patients, the thought of visiting the dentist can cause anxiety. Thankfully, sedation dentistry offers a way to receive care in a comfortable and relaxed manner. Two of the more common types available are I.V. and oral conscious sedation.
The former is used for more acute cases of anxiety and phobia, while the latter may be used to calm less intense forms of uneasiness. The average cost for each type of sedation dentistry is around $250.
Determining the Final Cost
The best way to receive an accurate quote is to visit your dentist for a full examination and consultation. After evaluating the condition of your oral health, the specialist will be able to determine whether any other procedures are needed in preparation for the dental implant process.
He or she will also take into account the number of teeth you need replaced and the condition of any other existing teeth. From these findings, a price quote will be generated.
Unfortunately, most dental insurance plans don’t cover the placement of a dental implant. However, there may be some coverage available for the restoration portion of the process.
To learn more about the dental implant procedure and to receive a full oral examination, contact your sedation dentist to schedule a visit.
About the Author
Dr. Richard Cea earned his dental degree from Marquette University, and he has since gone on to provide over 25 years of expert care. A member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he replaces patients’ missing teeth at Springs Dental Care. Dr. Cea can be reached for more information through his website.