Dental implants are an excellent long-term solution for many dental issues, including tooth loss, but implants can also be an investment. However, the more you know about what's involved in the cost of the implants, the better you can understand and plan for them.
Whether or not you need a tooth extracted before you have the implants installed will impact the cost you incur for the installation procedure. Generally, the same dental provider that extracts the tooth is also the same individual who will install the implant. If you need a tooth removed, the provider may combine the services into one fee to make things easier for you.
Additionally, since many implants can be installed immediately after the tooth has been extracted, you will be able to have everything completed in a single visit. Keep in mind, the more teeth you need removed, the higher your overall cost.
All implants are not created equal. The lower the quality of the implant, the more likely it is to fail and crack and the shorter the period of use you can expect to get from the implant. The ideal implant is one that is made from a combination of high caliber biocompatible materials.
The greater the quality of the implant, the greater the cost, but keep in mind, the better the quality, the more the implant will resemble a natural tooth and the longer it will last. It's also important to know that in some instances, particularly if you are having a full set of dental implants installed, you might be able to get a discount on the cost of each implant.
Your level of tolerance can also affect just how great of an investment you will need to make towards the cost of your new implants. Generally, all services are performed with oral sedation, such as in the form of a pill or a local anesthetic, such as a numbing cream. However, if you have anxiety about going to the dentist or a very low threshold for pain tolerance, you may need to have an IV sedation administered or even general anesthesia.
Given the extra steps and aftercare that comes with IV and general anesthesia administration, there might be an added expense. However, your comfort is most important.
If you have questions about the cost of your dental implants, your oral health care provider is your best source for information. From the specific type of extractions you need for the procedure to your insurance coverage, your provider can address all your concerns.