If you have gaps between your teeth from one or more missing teeth (particularly after a tooth extraction), it is wise to fill that gap in order to prevent your other teeth from shifting. In many cases, comfortable, long-lasting dental implants are an excellent alternative to floating false teeth or bridge work. The question we get most often is: how much do dental implants cost?
It is difficult to give an exact dollar amount because there are many factors to consider, including the number of teeth involved, the type of implant, and even the size and strength of your jaw bone to support them. Also, this is a surgical procedure that involves multiple steps, and there is an inherent risk of complication at each step of the process. Your oral surgeon can go over your options with you in advance, give you a better idea of cost based on your situation, and even discuss payment options with you.
The dental implant process
Dental implants are typically placed in 2-3 visits occurring over several months. First, a hole is drilled into the jawbone, and a screw inserted to hold the implant in place, followed by the implant itself. The implant and screw are covered over for several months, which allows the screw to fuse with the bone, the gums to heal, and the implant to settle in your mouth. Then in a subsequent visit, a crown is installed over the implant. The end result is a permanent false tooth that functions like any other tooth in your mouth.
The cost versus the value
Dental implants are understandably more expensive than bridges or removable false teeth. However, the trade-off is that they are a permanent solution. While bridges and false teeth tend to wear out over time, a dental implant can last a lifetime with proper care—not to mention that implants provide a more natural look and feel to your smile and your bite. When you also consider the cost of a single implant against the cost of replacing multiple bridges over the years, many dental patients believe the implants are worth the extra investment.
For complete information and a more thorough estimate of what dental implants will cost, consult with your oral surgeon.