If you have lost one or more teeth, it can be difficult to evaluate your options—should you just leave it as it is, and if you replace it, what type of tooth restoration should you choose? For many patients, dental implants are a great option not only for their appearance and function, but for their oral health benefits as well. Below, Dr. Reza Saeidi, dentist at Vineyard Dental Group in Santa Rosa, CA, explains the benefits and cost of dental implants.
Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants are considered by both patients and dentists alike to be the closest replacement for a natural tooth possible. The implant is surgically placed in your jawbone, and as it heals, it undergoes a process called osseointegration where it actually fuses into one unit with your jawbone. This makes it work very similarly to a tooth root, serving as a strong foundation for your replacement tooth – which translates into being able to eat what you want without restrictions and no special techniques for taking care of your replacement tooth required. In addition, the implant keeps your jawbone healthy and prevents the bone deterioration that is typically associated with tooth loss.
Cost of dental implants
The cost of dental implants varies depending on a variety of factors that are unique to each patient. There are several dental implant options available depending on how many teeth need to be replaced, including single tooth implants, implant-supported dentures, and implant-supported bridges. In addition, other factors such as the following will affect the cost:
- The material used for your implant—typically either titanium or zirconia
- Whether you need bone grafting to build up deteriorated jawbone prior to the implant placement
- The size of the implant that is needed, which varies based on the location of the tooth and your individual mouth
At Vineyard Dental Group, we want our patients to be able to maximize their insurance benefits and fit their treatment into their budget. Prior to initiating any treatment plan, we walk through the cost of your treatment, your insurance benefits, and options for payment so you can make an informed decision. Many patients find that while dental implants do have an up-front cost, the long-term benefits make it worth the investment.