woman with dental implantsMissing teeth ruin your smile appearance, as well as your oral health. At Desert Family Dental, we’re committed to enhancing your confidence level by restoring your unattractive smile with dental implants. If you find yourself concealing your teeth in pictures or feel embarrassed of your smile, this is the ideal dental procedure for you. Let us repair your damaged smile so that you can once again feel bold and beautiful each time you flash those pearly whites.

Mesa, AZ dentist Dr. Scott Lee is often asked about the cost of dental implants. He responds with the many benefits of this dental procedure. Unlike alternative tooth replacement treatments, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures, dental implants are the only method for replacing a missing tooth root. Restorative devices are attached to implants to provide long-lasting, sturdy replacements. Dr. Lee uses implants to restore appearance, oral health, and function. The cost of your implants will depend on a variety of factors, such as the number of implants required, the complexity of your treatment, and the materials used. Dr. Lee will customize your treatment plan to fit your unique needs. Although the cost is initially more than traditional restorations, they provide longer-lasting results.

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 denture. Before placing the titanium posts, 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.

Type of Restoration

When replacing a missing tooth, most patients want something that will resemble and function like a natural tooth. The two most popular choices are porcelain or ceramic, which provide both durable and aesthetically-pleasing results. The type of material used in designing your restoration will impact the overall cost. An implant-supported restoration is the closest replacement option to a natural tooth.

A porcelain crown is attached to a single dental implant to replace a single missing tooth.

Dr. Lee uses a dental bridge to correct the space left from multiple adjacent missing teeth. 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 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 enhance the smile’s appearance.

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.