Considering the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants have been available for several decades. However, for most patients, they are still a relatively new concept. When considering the cost of dental implants and comparing quotes, there are several important points that should be kept in mind.
When comparing the cost of dental implants to other tooth replacement methods such as dentures and bridges, it is important to take into consideration the longevity offered by dental implants that is not always afforded by other, more traditional methods.
While dentures and bridges are initially less expensive, their affordability can be short-lived. Because these older methods require repair and replacement every 5-10 years, they are often more expensive over time. By contrast, dental implants, when properly placed and cared for, can last a lifetime.
Jaw Bone Health
Over time, when a tooth is missing, the jaw bone deteriorates. The teeth provide stimulation to the bone. Without teeth your jaws will lose bone volume. This can affect the appearance of your face. So while a denture or bridge may seem to function similarly to a tooth, underneath the surface damage is being done to the jaw bone and ultimately to the structure of the face.
On the other hand, dental implants are made of a titanium alloy, which actually integrates with the jaw bone, strengthening it and stimulating the bone. This preserves the natural strength and function of the mouth, lessening problems in the future. It also helps to preserve the appearance of your face.
Quality of Life
Dental implants can be seen as a long-term investment not only in terms of money, but also in terms of quality of life. A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth. In addition to allowing the patient to eat the same healthy foods he or she has always enjoyed, it also eliminates the day-to-day hassles and possible embarrassment that are frequently caused by dentures.
Comparing Dental Implant Quotes
There are several steps (and often multiple professionals) involved in the placement of a dental implant. When comparing quotes, it’s important to factor in the cost of each of these steps:
- Exams/office visits
- Tooth/root extraction
- Bone grafting
- The quality and number of dental implants placed
- The type of restoration to be placed
- X-rays and/or 3-dimensional scans
- Pre/post operative care
Ultimately, our office’s goal is to provide you with the best experience possible and deliver dentistry that will have a good long term prognosis. You are free to compare quotes between providers, however, that assumes that the care, experience, and dentistry you receive is the same from office to office. It is not. We feel confident that you will find your experience with our office to be friendly, professional, and exceptional.
Financing for Dental Implants
First, check with your dental insurance carrier to see what portion, if any, of dental implants they cover.
There are health care credit companies that offer no-interest and low-interest loans for dental procedures including dental implants. Our office utilizes CareCredit for patients interested in this option.
Dental Implants are an investment in your health as well as your appearance. A full set of teeth makes eating a pleasure again, making it easier to eat a balanced, healthy diet. A full set of teeth also preserves the contours of the face, keeping you from looking old before your time.
Schedule Your Consultation
The only way to receive an accurate price quote is to call us and come in for a consultation, and we can give you a specific price for your case. Please call us at Chattanooga Office Phone Number 423-893-0557 to schedule your consultation.