Dental implants can be a long-term and cost-effective way to replace missing teeth, but they are not cheap. Some of the costs associated with dental implants are discussed by the dentists at Cloverdale Crossing Dental Group.
Why Choose Dental Implants
There are several advantages to replacing missing teeth. Missing teeth can make it difficult to speak and chew, as well as cause surrounding teeth to shift out of place and contribute to facial collapse due to jaw bone loss. There's also the matter of restoring the appearance of your smile.
When considering your options for replacing a missing tooth or missing teeth, you may wish to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. However, the cost can be an important factor when making decisions for your dental treatment.
One of the reasons dental implants typically come with a higher price tag is that they can be long-lasting. With proper care, dental implants can last 25 years or more.
What are the cost considerations of dental implants?
The cost of dental implants is primarily determined by a dentist's skill and experience, the quality of the material used to make the implants, surgeries, and the custom fabrication process required for implantation.
A technician creates the main components of your dental implant, the artificial abutment and artificial crown. It's pricey because this high-quality material must withstand years of daily use and wear. Your new artificial root, abutment, and the artificial tooth should all function like natural teeth and be custom-made to match your smile perfectly.
Your dentist will examine your mouth and take X-rays before performing your dental implant procedure to determine how your implant should be made and attached. Typically, the cost of these diagnostic procedures is included in the overall cost of your implants.
The Dental Implants Procedure
Dental implant surgery is divided into two stages. Your dentist will begin by implanting an artificial tooth root (a small titanium screw) beneath the gum line to replace the missing tooth's root. As your jaw heals, the "root" will fuse to your jawbone.
Before moving on to the next step, your mouth must heal for 3 to 6 months after implant surgery. The abutment and restoration (artificial tooth) can be added once you've finished healing.
This abutment, which is typically made of titanium or ceramic material, connects and secures the restoration to the dental implant. The abutment is then attached to the restoration.
Some patients may require additional treatment at our Cloverdale Crossing Dental Group dental clinic in order to prepare their mouths for implant surgery and ensure a successful outcome. To prepare the jaw bone for the implant, several hygiene treatments and, in some cases, a bone graft procedure are required.
The dentists at Cloverdale Crossing Dental Group strive to ensure that patients get the most out of their investment with every treatment, including dental implants. Inquire about the steps we can take to ensure that your dental implant is successful.