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Are Dental Implants Worth The Cost?
April 18, 2017
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a dental model to the dentist with dollar billsDon’t get bogged down by the dental implant decision. We know that there’s a lot to consider before undergoing implant surgery, from the downtime involved, to your candidacy, to the restoration that will accompany the implant. But as with so many decisions, one of the biggest considerations is probably the price tag. It’s always important to plan your out of pocket costs before receiving dental work. And we’re here to help you through that process.

If you’re wondering whether dental implants are worth the cost, or how much implants cost in the first place, Hinsdale Dentistry can help answer those questions. Reach out today to schedule a free consultation and prepare for tooth replacement.

Dental Implant Cost FAQ

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Your implant’s cost will vary. Some common factors that determine implant pricing include the region and the provider’s experience. The range of a single implant’s cost can be anywhere from $3,000-$4,500. Getting multiple implants will cost more, although some practices offer discounts for multiple implants.

Always ask your provider for costs upfront before you begin treatment. That way, there shouldn’t be expensive surprises as the process gets underway. There are multiple components involved with an implant, including a crown and an abutment. Ask about the costs involved in the full restoration.

Will My Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Insurance policies are designed to offer coverage on basic and necessary dental care. Each policy has its own ins and outs and benefits. Get familiar with the restorative procedures included in your coverage before starting tooth replacement. Most plans cover preventive care plus basic preventative and restorative treatment. Plans also tend to have low maximums for annual coverage.

It’s likely that your dental insurance does not cover dental implants. This is because insurance providers instead cover lower-cost tooth replacement options, like partials and dentures. But dental insurance may provide partial coverage for other procedures related to your implants. If you need an extraction prior to implants, or are pairing an implant with a crown, your insurance could help pay for those steps. Some medical insurance plans also cover preparatory implant procedures like bone grafts.

Ask your provider to help you understand your potential implant coverage. They will talk you through the steps to help you maximize your benefits and achieve affordable implants. It’s always a good idea to try to estimate your personal costs related to treatment before it begins.

How Does the Cost of Implants Compare to Other Dental Work?

Dental implants are more expensive than other restorations – there’s no way around that. Because they involve a surgical procedure, there’s more work and time involved for the dentist and the price tag reflects that. But looking at the big picture offers a valuable perspective.

Although implants cost more than options like partials or dentures, they’re also more reliable and longer-lasting. Dental implants have a high success rate. If they integrate with the jaw bone as expected, they will stay in place for many years to come. Some patients spend the rest of their lives with the first implants they received.

Dentures, on the other hand, degrade over time. They usually need to be replaced every several years. So you shouldn’t view the upfront cost as the total cost. While getting dentures for $2,000 seems more affordable than implants, you’ll likely be paying $2,000 again within a few years.

Are Dental Implants a Good Investment?

When you decide to get a dental implant, you’re making a lasting decision. That implant will stay with you, work well, and become a part of your jaw structure. If you can afford to make the upfront investment, you are actually likely to save money in the long run (compared to getting dentures). If you’re concerned about the cost of an implant and it’s holding you back from treatment, get in touch to learn more about financing options.

 

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