smiling senior coupleIf you are thinking about dental implants, you may be concerned about the cost. At a first glance, the average cost of a dental implant may seem like a lot more than you are willing to pay for a better form of tooth replacement. But there are several factors you may not have thought about.

Dental implants give you more than just better dentures; they also give you:

  • Better health and comfort
  • A lifetime of stable, dependable prosthetic teeth
  • Better quality of life

If you’re using traditional (non-implant) dentures already, you know that they are not comfortable. It turns out they aren’t good for your oral health or underlying facial structure either. When you pay for dental implants, you are also paying for years of better oral health, greater comfort when you eat, and better bone health.

Traditional dentures also need relining and replacing, and bridges require maintenance. When implants are properly placed and well cared for, they rarely need replacement. Instead of paying for new dentures (and related oral care) every few years, dental implants ask you to pay more upfront but receive a longer life span of dependable use.

Implants truly are a life-changing opportunity. The cost of dental implants is not just for advanced “dental work.” Rather, it offers you the chance to live a more fulfilling life despite having lost your teeth. It offers the closest thing to your original teeth, and can improve your confidence, appearance, diet, and social life. For most patients, that’s an amazing bargain.


A Little About Implants

Each dental implant is surgically placed into healthy jawbone through a small incision in the gums. Depending on the extent of the replacement, he will insert one to four dental implants. A single tooth replacement requires one implant, whereas dentures may require up to four. Patients who require fewer dental implants can expect to pay less than someone who requires a full arch of implant dentures.

Before your implant placement, Dr. Lee will assess whether you’re a viable candidate for this procedure. In order to qualify for dental implants, you must have a strong jawbone, healthy gums, and be fit for surgery. For patients who suffer from bone loss, preliminary procedures, such as bone grafting or sinus lift surgery may be required. In such cases, this will affect the overall cost of your procedure.

Factors that Affect Cost

Two major factors will impact the overall cost of your dental implants:

  1. the number of implants needed
  2. the materials used to create your final restoration

When replacing a single missing tooth, only one dental implant is needed. For the final restoration, most patients want something that will resemble and feel like a natural tooth. The two most popular choices are porcelain or ceramic crowns, which provide both durable and aesthetically-pleasing results.

For multiple adjacent missing teeth, Dr. Lee will place two implants and an implant bridge. He creates the restorative device from two crowns and one or more pontic (fake) teeth. Pontic teeth are placed between two crowns and the entire device is affixed to the two dental implants on either side of the gap.

Entire dental arches are repaired with at least four implants (sometimes more if necessary). Dr. Lee will then attach a custom-made denture atop the implants to create a stable arch of prosthetic teeth.

Traditional Restorations vs. Implant-Support Restorations

The cost of dental implants is easily explained when compared to the many procedures it can protect you from. Traditional restorations often require touch-up treatment after several years. Dr. Lee recommends implant surgery to stabilize crowns, bridges, and dentures.

When the nerves within your jawbone are unused, surrounding bone tissue can begin to deteriorate. This is often the result of tooth loss and wearing traditional dentures. Although the upfront cost of traditional dentures is significantly lower than implant-supported dentures, overtime they will need to be replaced. When appropriate, Dr. Lee recommends dental implants to promote continual jawbone stimulation, resulting in healthy bone density and better oral health.

During your consultation, Dr. Lee will create a customized treatment plan and explain the cost of dental implants with you based on your unique needs and treatment goals.

For more information about the cost of dental implants, call 480-838-4185 to schedule your appointment in Mesa, AZ with Dr. Lee. Our team is happy to explain the benefits of implants, as well as pricing.