One of the most common dental issues faced by adults in America is tooth loss. This may be due to genetics, poor lifestyle and oral hygiene habits, medical conditions or treatments, and so much more. However, no matter what the cause, the problems are the same:
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty eating/nutritional issues
- Tooth misalignment
- Lowered self-esteem
- Additional tooth loss
- Jawbone deterioration
Even losing one tooth can set off a chain of oral and overall health issues. Therefore, if you are missing one or more teeth, it’s important to have them replaced as soon as possible. One of the options we offer at Palisades Dental Care in Dumont, NJ is dental implants.
Dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement. Unfortunately, this makes them one of the most expensive options- but the benefits may outweigh the cost. In this article, we’ll explain more about the average cost of dental implants, the factors that impact the cost, and how you can make implants more affordable.
Average Cost of Dental Implants
Factors that Affect the Cost of Dental Implants
There are several factors that can impact the cost of your dental implants:
- Location of implant-It’s much easier to access a tooth near the front of the jaw than the back. Therefore, a front tooth will cost less than one in the back.
- Type of implant-Mini implants cost slightly less than traditional implants because they require less time to place.
- Location of clinic-A dental clinic located in a rural area typically costs less than one located in the middle of downtown.
- Materials used in implant/crown-Typically, the implant screw is made of titanium. However, some people are allergic to other metals that are combined with titanium. This means that they need an implant made of zirconia.
The crown is typically made of porcelain, though you may save money by choosing composite resin. However, it’s important to note that composite resin will need to be replaced sooner than porcelain. You may also choose a zirconia crown.
- Experience/expertise of dentist-A dentist that is just getting started will cost less than one that has been practicing for some time. However, you must also consider that the less experience that a dentist has, the more likely you are to have a failed implant.
- Insurance Coverage-Some dental insurance plans refuse to cover dental implants because they classify this as a cosmetic procedure. On the other hand, some will cover a portion of treatment because missing teeth can cause additional oral and overall health issues. Even if your insurance provider does not cover the implant procedure, they may cover any additional procedures required, such as extractions, gum disease treatment, and bone grafting.
Why Are Dental Implants so Expensive?
The primary reason that dental implants are so expensive is that it is a surgical procedure and the dental professional performing the procedure must have specialized training. In addition, the implant is just a portion of the entire procedure. There are other factors involved such as x-rays and other imaging, impressions, and additional procedures such as extractions or bone grafts.
Unfortunately, many dental insurance providers consider this to be a cosmetic procedure, which means they will not cover it. However, they may cover other procedures involved in the process. Our office staff will work with your provider to determine your coverage and, if you do not have dental insurance, we will be happy to explain our membership plan.
Ways to Make Dental Implants More Affordable
There are a few things you can do to make dental implants more affordable:
- Look into dental financing options
- Get a second opinion
- Consider working with a newer dentist
- Travel to a more rural location
Are Dental Implants Worth It?
Dental implants are expensive up-front, but the long-term benefits make it worth the investment. Restorations like dentures and dental bridges wear out and need to be replaced after a few years. Dentures must be replaced due to jawbone and tissue deterioration. However, dental implants are inserted into the jawbone, providing it with the stimulation needed to remain healthy and intact.
Dental implants don’t require any additional care and maintenance. You simply brush and floss your teeth like normal. Dentures and removable bridges must be removed before bed for cleaning and to let your mouth rest.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today
If you are missing one or more teeth, schedule your consultation with the team at Palisades Dental Care today. We can help you determine if dental implants are a good fit for you. We are located on East Madison Avenue in Dumont
. Our office hours vary and we are available on Saturdays by appointment for patients who are unable to schedule time off from work during the week.