Considering the Cost of Dental Implants

What is the Cost of Dental Implants?

The cost of dental implants varies for each patient. The implant itself only accounts for one of the costs associated with your procedure. It may look like implant teeth are the most costly replacement option, but looks can be deceiving. When you consider the cost distribution over your lifetime, dental implants are often the most affordable and effective investment in your long-term health.

Implant teeth are unique amongst tooth replacement treatments because they look, feel, and function like natural teeth. An implant permanently replaces the roots of a missing tooth, which enables retention of your facial structure and jawbone strength. More affordable options, like removable bridges and dentures, do not interact with the jawbone, so dental implants are the most comprehensive teeth replacement option.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Some insurance providers cover parts or all of a dental implant procedure, while others do not. If your dental insurance plan doesn’t offer any coverage, CareCredit and other medical financing companies offer low or zero-interest lines of credit for essential procedures, including implant tooth replacements. Call our office to schedule a consultation and learn about patient financing options available.

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How Long do Teeth Implants Last?

Dental implant tooth replacements have three parts: the implant, abutment, and artificial dental crown. The implant is titanium and permanently fuses with the jawbone – for life. With regular dental care and cleaning, an artificial crown can last from 10 to 30 years or more.

Dental implants have the highest longevity compared to removable dentures and dental bridges when considering other replacement options. On average, removable prosthetics need replacing every 7 to 10 years, with good dental care. Dental implants have at least three times a greater life span.

Ensure Jaw Bone Health

With lower-cost tooth replacement treatments, your jaw bone pays a heavy price in the long run. The jaw bone stops growing and begins to deteriorate when you lose a tooth. The jawbone mass will permanently decrease by 25% in the first year of tooth loss. Your jawbone supports your facial structure, so if your jaw loses volume, the shape and form of your face become distorted.

Implant teeth work just like your natural teeth: when you chew, the implant directs the force of your bite to the jawbone. Temporary dentures and removable bridges place bite force against your gums. Since the jawbone lacks stimulation, it eventually can cause adjacent teeth to become vulnerable to infection, gum disease, and jaw cysts. Dental implants ensure you won’t incur expenses down the road to fix the possible long-term repercussions of tooth loss.

Quality of Life

Your health is a priceless commodity of infinite value. Dental implants ensure you retain your natural oral functions, sense of self, and quality of life well worth living. Temporary dentures and removable dental bridges are notorious amongst patients for causing embarrassing slippage, speech alterations, and dietary restrictions. When you live with oral and nutritional limits, it can be challenging to smile with confidence, enjoy meals with loved ones, and create moments of connection.

Schedule Your Consultation

Your health is a priceless commodity of infinite value, and our team is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal oral health. Contact our Tacoma office at Tacoma Office Phone Number 253-473-0651 or our Puyallup office at Puyallup Office Phone Number 253-799-1525 to schedule your initial consultation to get an accurate quote for your procedure.