If you have a missing tooth, a tooth that needs to be removed, multiple missing teeth or a whole mouthful of nothing, dental implants are the best way to replace your missing teeth. Are they the cheapest way to do it? No. Are they the most long-lasting, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing way to do it? Yes. Let’s find out more.
What Does A Dental Implant Consist Of?
A dental implant is a titanium or titanium alloy post that’s inserted into the jawbone to replace a tooth’s root. A porcelain or ceramic crown that looks like a real tooth is then attached to the implant via a small connector called an abutment. It’s important to replace missing teeth to maintain the integrity of your jawbone, to support the surrounding teeth and to improve the look of your smile.
Yes, But How Much Do They Actually Cost?
It’s not possible to give an exact price for the cost of a dental implant as it varies per patient, depending on the number of implants needed and what preparation work might need to be carried out first. If, for example, you need a bone graft to strengthen your jawbone so it supports an implant, this will increase the cost compared with someone who doesn’t need a bone graft.
To give you a rough idea, the median cost in Colorado for a single dental implant plus abutment and crown is around $2500. Your dentist at Callahan and Klein Dental will be able to work out a treatment plan before any procedures so you will be fully aware of the potential costs. Obviously, the more implants you have, the more it will cost.
How Do You Pay For Dental Implants?
Unless it’s medically necessary, it’s unlikely that insurance companies will cover any portion of the dental implant procedure as it’s generally considered cosmetic dentistry. This means that you will need to pay for the treatment yourself. If you are unable to pay the full amount at the time of service, your dentist will likely work out a payment plan with you in advance to ensure that you’re able to afford dental implant treatment. Dentists like Callahan and Klein Dental also accept other forms of payment such as CareCredit, which is a credit card specifically for healthcare.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Cost?
OK, getting dental implants may be pricey but are they worth it? In one word, YES. If you take good care of them, dental implants can last a lifetime which is far longer than any alternative treatment such as bridges or dentures. They look natural, they feel natural and they will function as well, if not better, than your other teeth. Your jawbone will be healthier, your teeth will be stable and there will be no more hiding your smile because you’re embarrassed by the gaps. Consider it an investment not only in your oral health but your wellbeing in general and really, it’s impossible to put a price on that!
If you live in Lakewood, CO or surrounding areas, call Callahan and Klein Dental for a free expert consultation on dental implants. For more information about dental implants and the process for getting them, check out our ultimate guide to dental implants.