If you are missing teeth—whether one, several or even an entire arch—then replacement is very important for the sake of your appearance as well as your oral and general health. Today’s ideal choice for tooth replacement is a dental implant. This stand-alone prosthetic may cost a bit more, but its longevity and ease of maintenance could make the added expense worthwhile. Read on for more information about the advantages of dental implants, their cost, the role of insurance and other forms of financing.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants may cost more, but they also offer more benefits than other types of tooth replacement. For instance, dental implants integrate with your jawbone—something that cannot be said about dentures or a bridge. This provides a solid foundation for your new tooth and helps to maintain a strong and healthy jawbone just like a natural tooth root does.
To take care of dental implants, all you have to do is brush and floss just as you do for your natural teeth. With good oral hygiene at home and regular checkups, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
If your implants do last a lifetime, then they may actually end up costing less than other tooth replacement options because of their longevity.
The average cost of a single implant is around $5,000:
- $1500-$2000 for the implant
- $250-$675 for the abutment
- $1000-$3000 for the crown
- $500 and up for Texas City dentist’s implant fee
How Does Dental Insurance Impact the Cost of Implants?
As dental implants become more popular and reliable, some dental insurance plans are beginning to offer coverage.
But even if your dental insurance plan does not offer coverage for implants, it may give you partial coverage for the restoration, whether that is a single crown, a bridge or an implant-retained denture. Speak to your dentist’s front office team for help in determining how your insurance may provide benefits for this treatment.
How Else Can I Pay for Dental Implants?
If your dental insurance doesn’t cover implants, then consider CareCredit or Lending Club. CareCredit is a third-party healthcare financier that has low and no interest financing options. Lending Club, provides longer terms with better rates for extended payment options.
Be sure to do all of your homework before deciding whether or not dental implants are right for you. A consultation with your dentist is a good way to begin. Call the office today.
About the Author
Dr. John Hackbarth earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Dental School at Houston. Since then, he’s remained dedicated to lifelong learning, seeking out other professionals to expand his knowledge in multiple modalities. Dr. Hackbarth practices at Dental Cosmetic Center-Bay Area and can be reached for more information through his website.