DENTAL IMPLANTS: WHY DO THEY COST SO MUCH?

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Dawson Dental Guelph

Several options are now available for patients to replace missing teeth with dental implants. Despite its clear simplicity, this dental procedure requires skill so that it is executed and restored properly so that it would remain functional for years to come. This article explains why implants cost what they do and why you should look for a dentist with extensive training.

The Basics

You need to understand the time and expense involved with dental implants before accepting this treatment option, for it is more than simply putting a “screw into the bone”. You should realize that an implant involves several components and steps and that it takes time. A dental implant consists of three main components –

the implant body or fixture that is placed in the bone, the implant crown, and oftentimes an abutment to which the implant crown is attached; each of these components carries its fee. As an analogy, imagine hanging a picture on a wall: a nail, a picture hanger, and a picture. Picture hangers (abutments) and photos (crowns) sometimes come unattached together as one piece.

It can cost from $1,600 to $3,000 to install an implant fixture, 1,200 to $3,000 for an implant crown, and $250 to $400 for an abutment.

Dental Implant X-Ray just screwing a dental implant into bone is not an implant. Implants are being placed in three-dimensional spaces, and it is paramount the implant body be correctly positioned within the three-dimensional space.

The stresses and forces placed on an implant due to a poor placement may have detrimental effects. A right-side x-ray shows two implants convergent without parallel paths of the draw.

An Introduction to the Single Implant

The price of a single implant fixture that does not require additional surgical procedures can range from $1,600 to $3,000. An abutment (if needed) and a crown can add another $1,200 to $3,000.

The total cost of a single implant can range from $2,800 to $6,000. The cost for dental implants can fluctuate depending on which companies’ implants are used. You would most likely have to pay these costs out of pocket. It can be covered by your dental insurance to a certain extent, depending on your plan. You may need to pay more for the procedure if you have multiple implants.

Implants with multiple

In the case of multiple missing teeth, dental implants may be needed. Each implant costs differently based on the number of missing teeth and the number of implants needed. There is a misconception that every missing tooth requires a dental implant. There are often only two implants necessary for cases where there are three consecutive missing teeth.

It would however be necessary to use a Pontiac or “dummy tooth” to connect two implants to restore three teeth. You may be charged a different amount depending on how many teeth units you need, how many associated costs there are, and what materials are used.

Fixed Prosthesis for Full Mouth Dental Implants (Hybrid Dentures)

Dentures supported by implants have become increasingly common in recent years. A large number of these patients are missing multiple teeth, and the remaining teeth typically have an extremely poor outlook. Dentures of this type are not in demand from these patients because they want something that is fixed. People who have dentures and don’t like them make up the second category.

An implant-supported denture will cost between $7,000 and $20,000 per arch in addition to the cost of the dental implants. The number of implants needed will typically range from four to six per arch. The lower jaw is often the site of hybrid dentures because these dentures tend to be less retentive. After all, cheeks and tongue muscles move. For proper implant placement, additional treatment dentures or duplicate dentures may e necessary.

This type of denture has many benefits, but the downside is that food and debris tend to collect under it between the implants, requiring meticulous home care. Dentures can only be unscrewed from implants by your dentist and should be done once per year for maintenance.