Dental Implant Costs – The Value of Finding the Right Clinic
Getting a dental implant is a common procedure, but not all dental implants are the same. Despite its routine nature, patients need to understand the costs associated with this procedure and why the focus should be choosing the right clinic and the right dentists. It’s important to recognize how working with an inadequate dental surgeon could end up costing you much more in the long run.
Despite the cost, implants are a proven form of restorative dental work and are effective in most cases. If you have missing, lost or damaged teeth and are a candidate for implants, you need to find a trusted dental clinic in the Barrie area that makes you feel comfortable through every step of the process. You should never feel rushed or pressured into making a decision. Take your time, ask questions, get answers. The clinic you deal with should be transparent into all aspects of the procedure, explaining costs, as well as all the steps involved.
To start, let’s look at what a dental implant is and explore the details about the procedure. Next, we’ll breakdown the average cost of dental implants to understand where your money will be spent. Then, we’ll help you understand what to look for in a clinic so you can begin the decision-making process.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a proven way to replace missing teeth. They result in a restored smile and overall improvement to a patient’s oral hygiene. This procedure involves a metal frame being surgically attached to a jawbone, and then replacement teeth are mounted onto the frame. Replacement teeth are held securely in place by the implant, allowing you to eat and speak without any challenges.
Types of Implants
There are three types of implants that a dental surgeon will choose from:
- Endosteal is the most common type. Because the main requirement is a healthy jawbone, this is a suitable option for most patients.
- Subperiosteal rests on top of the jawbone without being fused.
- Zygomatic is inserted in the cheekbone (below the eye) instead of the jawbone.
At Georgian Dental, certain patients might be eligible for All-On-4 implants. This system includes customized fixed dental bridges and foregoes bone grafting and a long recovery period. Additionally, patients can experience durable materials and impeccable functionality so they can go about their day without pain or concern.
Despite dental implants being a routine procedure, some variances could exist based on a patient’s specific needs. The typical steps, include:
- Your dental surgeon or specialist will examine your mouth and take X-Rays to confirm that you are a candidate for implants.
- During the first phase of surgery, an implant will be placed into your jawbone. The tissue will then be stitched closed. As the tissue heals over the course of several months, the implant fuses with the bone. The implant is now ready for the abutment, which is a post that holds the replacement tooth in place.
- The second phase involves an abutment being attached to the implant. In some instances, the first two phases can be done in one appointment.
- A replacement tooth is designed and manufactured and then attached to the abutment. This can take multiple appointments as your dental surgeon or specialist will want to make sure that the replacement tooth is perfectly fitted to the abutment.
While complications are rare, it’s important to recognize that they can happen. Some possibilities include: infection, bleeding, numbness or pain in your sinus cavity.
You need to take good care of your dental implants. Make sure to brush and floss replacement teeth as you would natural ones.
You will also need to attend regular appointments. During these appointments, your dentist will test the implant and the surrounding area to make sure your bite is aligned and that the implants haven’t loosened.
The cost of an implant varies based on a patient’s situation and the number of implants required. For a single tooth, the cost to place an implant can range from $275 to $450. The range depends on the amount of customization that’s required.
The most expensive part, though, is the crown, which can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. The total per tooth is typically between $1,500 and $6,000. The final price is determined by two factors: the number of implants and the condition of your gums.
Your dental surgeon should provide an estimate after they conduct a thorough examination of your mouth. Next, they will review your options and decide which is the right direction to take. At Georgian Dental, in Barrie, this initial consultation comes at no cost to the patient.
Multiple Teeth Implants
Multiple teeth implants could run someone between $3,000 and upwards of $30,000. Replacing two to four teeth should fall in the $6,000 to $10,000 range.
Furthermore, it’s important to note that this procedure can only be performed on patients with a healthy gumline and healthy teeth on either side of the open area where teeth are missing. Additionally, the eventual location of the implant could impact the cost.
The Insider’s Guide to Dental Implants
Everyone who books an initial consultation to discuss dental implants receives a complimentary copy of Dr. Tan’s e-book, “The Insider’s Guide to Dental Implants”. Some areas this guide covers, include:
- Why a patient should consider the most advanced supported implant system.
- How the different types of implants vary with respect to quality, durability and functionality.
- The importance of avoiding non-standard parts and connections so that the implants are successful.
The best way to get an idea about the potential cost of your implant procedure is to come in and speak with us.
Choosing the Right Clinic
Choosing the dental clinic that will perform every step of your treatment from examination to post-operative care is a big decision. You want an experienced dental surgeon who works with a knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Dental implants can change a patient’s life. Because of this, patients should only receive care from someone who they trust and can communicate the important things you will need to know before, during and after treatment.
In addition, you need professionals who can determine that you are a suitable candidate for this surgery. Like other oral surgeries, if not performed to the highest standard, a patient could suffer an infection or other issues that could require further treatment to rectify.
Additionally, a good surgeon will know how many implants are needed to support a replacement tooth. This will avoid placing too much stress on the implant, increasing the odds of failure. They are also responsibility for preventing iatrogenic trauma, which is defined as a periodontal injury caused by the actions of a dental professional.
While your dentist might recommend a dental surgeon, you have the right to seek out your own. Here are three questions you should ask prior to your first appointment:
- How many years of experience do you have?
- How many dental implant procedures do you perform each year?
- What is your success rate?
- Where can I see before and after images for similar situations?
As Barrie Dentists, we are happy to sit down to answer your questions and provide the information you need to proceed. Prospective patients taking advantage of our free no-obligation consultation have an opportunity to learn more about our clinic and staff, and to discuss any concerns they might have. We can also review an insurance plan to help you understand what is covered and what isn’t.
We also provide a number of financing options to help with spreading the cost out, without having to wait to get the procedure completed. Ask us in your initial consultation.
Need a Dental Implant?
Implants can be costly but they are an investment in your oral and overall health in addition to helping repair your smile.
If the cost of dental implants is a concern that may be preventing you from restoring your smile, contact Georgian Dental today to book your free initial consultation to learn about how we can help make the process more manageable, and get you the smile you’ve been waiting for.