For missing teeth, dental implants are a durable, long-term solution. However, many patients, with or without insurance, worry about the final cost of such a procedure. You can speak to a periodontist at the office of Dr. Will Akin to go over the cost during the initial consultation, but here are some of the factors we take into consideration.
Patients with a missing tooth but generally good oral health overall can receive an implant immediately. However, patients with degraded jawbone tissue or gum disease will need to treat those problems before the implant goes in. A dental professional may need to perform a bone graft to make the jawbone stronger and better capable of fusing with the titanium post.
Number of Implants
There are numerous types of implants available, including single, multiple and full-arch. Only needing one implant is naturally going to be more affordable than requiring an implant-supported bridge.
Position of the Implants
Our periodontist can place a dental implant anywhere in the mouth, but the location in the mouth can greatly impact the cost. For example, placing an implant toward the front of the mouth is more expensive than one that needs to go in the back. The reason is that there is less space toward the front, so it requires a greater level of precision to make the restoration look natural.
Most of the time, dental professionals use dental implants made out of titanium, but ceramic may be used if the patient has an allergic reaction to titanium. The crown placed on top can be constructed out of porcelain or acrylic, both of which come at different price points.
We Work With Your Insurance Provider
Some insurance providers exclude implants entirely while others cover a portion of the costs. In either situation, Dr. Akin’s office will work with your dental insurance provider so that you get the most out of your benefits. Schedule an appointment at our office today.
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