It is common knowledge that dental implants can be quite expensive, but it can also be said that the ends justify the means. In other words, the benefits that a person would receive after having dental implant surgery would outweigh the cost. Starter implants cost about $1,000 if one tooth is being replaced. However, on the other hand more advanced dental implants can cost as much as $30,000 for a full set of teeth. Your insurance may not cover the cost of dental implants because they might consider it to be a cosmetic procedure but reach out to your dentist to inquire about a finance plan.
Essentially, dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into your jawbone and these posts hold a ceramic crown in place to create the appearance of a real tooth. The posts are left in for 3-6 months while the jawbone fuses to it and this is called osseointegration. After this entire process is complete an abutment is added to help bring the implant above the gum and then a cast is made to create the crown that will be placed on top of the abutment.
Depending on whether the underlying bone in your mouth is good the cost of dental implants will cover a portion of the surgery starting with the extraction of the problem tooth also if it is required titanium will be used. Titanium is used because it has been proven to exist among living tissue without causing issues or a negative reaction. If the bone structure is damage or in an area of the mouth that is limited in bone such as below the sinus cavities in the upper jaw, then bone grafts might be a requirement. This will add to the dental implant costs and the amount of time the entire procedure will take to complete.
In the long run while dental implants can be considered costly if you are in a situation where you may require multiple treatments it would be more cost effective to get dental implants. Also, unlike dentures that need to be taken out at night and soaked in a glass dental implants are a permanent fixture in your mouth. In addition, once your dental implants are healed it would be impossible to differentiate from your real teeth and your implanted teeth. Reach out to your dentist if you have additional questions about the dental implant procedure or the costs of implants.