Considering the Cost of Dental Implants

Undergoing oral & maxillofacial surgery such as dental implant reconstruction can be overwhelming. Often multiple procedures are required with different clinicians. Our friendly and knowledgeable treatment coordinators aim to simplify the entire process for you. As your liaison, they can answer questions regarding your treatment plan, financial costs, and coordinate your care.
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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.

Longevity

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.

Jawbone Health

Over time, when a tooth is missing, the jawbone deteriorates. So while a denture or bridge may seem to function similarly to a tooth, underneath the surface damage is being done to the jawbone and ultimately to the structure of the face. This can result in the distortion of the shape of a person’s face, leading to additional cosmetic costs down the road.

On the other hand, dental implants are made of titanium, which actually integrates with the jawbone, strengthening it and stimulating bone growth. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the mouth, lessening problems in the future.

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
  • Placement of the titanium root (the “dental implant”)
  • Placement of the crown
  • X-rays, pre/post operative care

Financing for Dental Implants

First, check with your dental insurance carrier to see what portion, if any, of dental implants they cover.

We at Inland Empire Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons deliver the finest care at the most reasonable cost to our patients. We will be glad to assist you with different payment options to make your care affordable. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. We also offer financing through CareCredit, a healthcare third party financier. With this plan you may qualify for an interest free plan or low monthly payments on an extended payment plan. CareCredit (800) 677-0718 or www.carecredit.com

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. We can give you a specific price for your case. Please contact us to schedule your consultation.