How Much Are Dental Implants?
Although dental implants have been around for decades, for most of their history their price tag put them out of the reach of the average person. That’s changing. And although they are still pricey, their permanence and lifetime durability make them a good investment. Let’s take a look at just what goes into a dental implant, how much it costs, and how we can help you restore your smile.
What are dental implants?
In a nutshell, a dental implant is a titanium or zirconium screw which is set into the jawbone, to which a permanent crown is attached. During the healing process, the bone and the implant fuse together, making the appliance just as stable and permanent as the original tooth and root it’s replacing.
What happens when you get a dental implant?
Getting a dental implant is a multi-step process involving several procedures and surgical hardware, all of which contribute to the overall cost of implants.
If you’re replacing an existing tooth that’s damaged, the tooth must be extracted. If you have bone loss in your jawbone, you may also need a bone graft before the implant can be placed. In this case, you’ll spend an extended time healing before the next step.
When there is sufficient bone to hold it, the screw-like implant is surgically placed in your jaw. Once placed, your jaw must once again have time to heal, which can take from two to six months. You may choose to have a temporary crown or denture placed while you go through the healing period.
When your jaw has fully healed, your dentist will re-open your gum to expose the top of the implant and attach something called the “abutment” to it. This is the small metal piece which connects the artificial tooth to the implant. Once again, your mouth will need to heal after the procedure, this time for about two weeks. During this time you will have dental impressions taken of your mouth and your remaining teeth.
Once healed, the permanent crown — the artificial tooth — will be placed, completing the implant process.
So what’s the cost?
The cost of dental implants varies wildly, based on a variety of factors.
The number of implants you need, of course, makes a difference, along with the material the implant is made of, whether the permanent crown(s) is “stock” or custom (specially created to match your existing teeth), and what material it’s made of.
Your location, too, can dramatically affect the price of the procedure, and prices vary from dentist to dentist within a region. Your dentists level of experience in placing dental implants can affect the price, and of course the amount of work you need prior to the actual implant process (tooth extractions, bone grafts, etc.) also plays a large role.
In short, there’s no simple answer; it really depends on your unique situation and location. You can expect to pay anywhere from $3500 to $6000 for a single implant, and a full arch (the equivalent of an upper or lower plate in conventional dentures) can run as much as $30,000.
That’s where Smile Program comes in.
Smile Program can help
We know that you probably don’t have $6,000 just lying around, let alone $30,000. Our network of 5-star providers can save you an average of 40% on the standard price of dental implants. Each provider in the program also offers an affordable payment plan, with payments for single implants at less than $100 per month and full arches starting at $200-$400 monthly.
We believe everyone should have access to quality dental care, and that includes dental implants. Visit Smile Program today, or call us at (888) 455-9692 and get started on the path to a brilliant smile. You deserve it.