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What Determines the Cost of Dental Implants?

July 29, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — solomondental @ 12:37 am
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You’ve probably heard that dental implants in The Woodlands are the best way to replace lost teeth. Still, you might hesitate to schedule an appointment to talk to your dentist about them before you have an idea of how much they will cost. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to provide even a ballpark estimate without an in-person consultation. There are a wide range of factors that can affect dental implant cost, including the following:

Preliminary Treatments

It’s common for patients to have to undergo one or more preliminary treatments before they are eligible to receive dental implants. For example, gum disease therapy is often necessary because an active infection in the gums can increase the risk of dental implant failure. Other patients require a bone graft or a sinus lift (a special type of bone graft) before their jawbone is strong enough and large enough to support dental implants. Each preliminary treatment comes with its own cost.

The Number of Teeth that Need to Be Replaced

Logically, replacing one tooth with a dental implant and crown costs much less than full-mouth restoration. Also, keep in mind that if you still have some of your natural teeth left, their health will play a role in determining the cost of your dental implants. If your remaining natural teeth are suffering from significant problems, it might be best to remove them and replace all of them with dental implants at the same time.

Materials

There are a variety of different types of dental implants. For example, most implants are made out of a titanium alloy, but some are made out of zirconia. Implants also come in a variety of sizes from different manufacturers. When deciding how much to charge you, your dentist and oral surgeon must consider the price of all the materials used throughout your procedure.

Techniques and Technology

There are quite a few different dental implant procedures. For example, it is possible to replace an entire arch of teeth with just two dental implants, but using more implants provides a much higher level of stability. Additionally, your oral surgeon might use either guided implant placement or freehand. Guided placement takes much more planning and costs more, but it is often the best choice for complex cases.

Your Location

Dentists and oral surgeons tend to set their prices so they can compete with other practices in their area, although it doesn’t hurt to shop around. Just be careful of “bargain” dental implant deals. In our view, however, the most important and cost-effective factors are quality of care, proven expertise and success rate. We only work with, and will recommend to you, the best oral surgeons.

Affording Dental Implants

Although dental implants can seem expensive upfront, they are a great investment in your oral health! Plus, we offer affordable financing through CareCredit. After you crunch the numbers, you might be surprised by how affordable your treatment actually is!

Meet the Practice

The dentists at Solomon Dental Group have decades of combined experience. They are proud to partner with local specialists to provide high-quality, start to finish dental implant treatment. If you would like to learn more about your tooth replacement options and their associated costs, contact us at 281-367-4007.