Dental implants rightly have a reputation for being the best way to replace missing teeth. They are sturdy, natural-looking, and have the potential to last a lifetime. They even deliver significant oral and overall health benefits. Unfortunately, their reputation also includes notoriety for being expensive. Exactly how much do dental implants cost, and are they worth the price?
The Cost of Dental Implants
Shopping for dental implants isn’t like shopping for a new sofa or coffeemaker; you can’t just compare prices, collect coupons, and buy the item that most appeals to your budget. Because every person’s mouth is unique, the cost of each implant procedure is also unique.
The cost of your surgery will depend on a few factors, including:
- How much preliminary work is necessary. Some patients require a bone graft, gum disease treatment, or extractions before they’re ready to receive implants.
- The number of implants you need. Logically, the more implants you need, the higher the total cost of your restored smile will be. For most people, the cost of a single implant is $2,500 to $5,000. Therefore, if your dentist uses an advanced technique to replace an entire row of teeth with just four to six implants, your procedure could cost up to $30,000.
- What the dentist charges. You may see advertisements for “cheap” dental implants, but always view such offers with extreme caution. Be sure to research the dentist’s credentials and the fine print of the offer. You may find that the total cost of the procedure is much more than advertised or — even worse — that the dentist is not a true implant expert. Never entrust your smile to anyone who doesn’t have extensive knowledge of implants.
Are Implants Worth It?
Because implants present such a high upfront cost, you might be tempted to pursue other methods of tooth replacement, such as traditional dentures. However, please pause to consider the long-term value that implants present. Unlike dentures, they:
- Are very comfortable. After you heal from the surgery and get used to your implants, you might even forget they’re there.
- Are easy to care for. You can care for your restored teeth similarly to how you would care for your natural pearly whites.
- Won’t slip out of your mouth. You’ll be able to eat and speak freely without worrying about any embarrassing incidents.
- Preserve bone health. Implants help to fortify your jaw and prevent bone loss.
- Last practically forever. If you care well for your implants, they could last for the rest of your life. Dentures typically last only five to eight years.
The bottom line is that, yes, implants are worth the price. Your insurance may even be willing to help cover part of the cost. Low to no-interest financing is also an option for many patients.
You can’t put a monetary value on your oral health and confidence. If you’re ready to be the proud owner of a restored set of teeth, talk to your implant dentist about how you can enjoy a Brand New Smile.
Drs. Tim Stirneman and Michelle Zmick are your implant experts in Lake in the Hills. They use the innovative Brand New Smile system to restore smiles with dental implants. If you would like to learn more about this procedure, please contact our office at 847-854-7645.