Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone to permanently anchor prosthetic teeth. If you are considering undergoing this revolutionary treatment option, you are probably wondering how much it will cost. Because treatment varies depending on your individual needs, Dr. Mark Tall can determine the cost of dental implants during a personal consultation at his Idaho Falls practice. Most patients find that dental implants are an excellent investment in their health and quality of life. To get started, contact our office today.
To accurately determine the cost of your dental implants treatment plan, you will need to undergo a thorough exam so Dr. Tall can evaluate your oral health and the condition of your jaw. Because the titanium posts will be implanted in the jaw, you must have enough bone mass to securely support them. If you do not have sufficient bone density, you may need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift procedure before your implants can be placed. The addition of preliminary procedures is one variable that can increase the cost of the dental implants procedure.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Tall will develop your personalized treatment plan, including:
- Type of restoration: Bridges, crowns, and dentures can be supported by dental implants.
- Number of implants required: Implants can replace a single tooth, several missing teeth, or a full arch of teeth.
- Type of implant: Dental implant technology is evolving rapidly. Several newer types of implants, including smaller diameter (mini) implants, allow more patients to benefit from treatment.
All of these factors contribute to the total cost of dental implant treatment.
Other Factors to Consider
Bear in mind that although the initial cost of dental implants may be greater than some of the alternatives, in the long term, they may end up costing less. Well cared-for dental implants are considered permanent. They can securely hold restorations in place for the rest of your life.
In addition, the oral health benefits offered by dental implants can help you avoid costly repairs in the future. For example:
- Implant posts act like tooth roots, stimulating the jaw when you bite and chew. This action signals the body to continue sending nutrients to the area, and patients avoid the jaw bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are permanently missing. Jaw bone deterioration can lead to further tooth loss, and it can give the face a sunken appearance.
- It is easy to clean implant-supported prosthetic teeth. By keeping the teeth and gums free of harmful bacteria and plaque, patients are less likely to require future restorative treatments.
Learn More About Investing in Your Smile
Most patients find that the value of their dental implants is reflected in their improved quality of life. Once they are stabilized, implant-supported dental restorations look and function just like your natural teeth. The replacement teeth will never slip or shift out of place, so patients feel free to eat, speak, and laugh with confidence. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tall today.