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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Zircteeth makes a point of being very transparent about the cost of dental implants, because we don't want anyone to get a false impression. It can be costly to have implants installed, and that's an expense you need to be ready for. However, there are ways you can get financing and possibly even insurance coverage to make it easier on your budget. Below, we'll cover everything about the cost of your implants, so you'll be fully aware of what's involved, and you can take steps to arrange for financing.

Your investment in implants

If you were to evaluate the cost of dental implants strictly on a monetary basis, you would probably think they are very expensive. However, when you think about them in terms of being an investment, the actual cost doesn't seem quite so prohibitive. Consider the fact that two of the most popular alternatives to dental implants, which are bridges and dentures, will generally have to be replaced or repaired within five or ten years of installation.

If you have this done several times during the course of your lifetime, that cost begins to add up considerably, and will challenge the cost of dental implants. Dental implants are considered a permanent solution, which means they will never need repair or replacement in your mouth. They also prevent deterioration of your jaw bone, which bridges and dentures are not capable of doing.

When your jawbone begins to deteriorate, you can expect some changes in your facial features, usually resulting in you having an older-looking appearance. The rest of the teeth in your mouth will also begin to grow loose over time. That can't happen with a dental implant, because the implant actually serves as the root of a tooth, and it anchors the artificial tooth solidly in your mouth. When you look at it in this light, you can see that dental implants are actually a very good investment compared to other options.

Average Costs

While every dental implant will be a unique procedure, it is possible to predict the cost of a single dental implant. You can expect to pay between $1,500 and $3,000 for each individual implant that gets installed. If you only need one implant, you'll get off fairly cheap, but if you're having more than one tooth replaced, you can expect to double or triple the cost of your implants.

Also, be advised that the cost of the implant is not the total cost of your procedure. You also have to pay for the artificial tooth, the abutment which it rests on, the cost of your office visit, and if necessary, the extraction of your tooth. When you add it all up, you'll probably end up paying somewhere between $3,000 and $5,000 for the total cost of a single dental implant.

Zygomatic implants

These types of implants are specifically made available to patients who have experienced significant bone or gum loss, because they don't require the same level of mass as ordinary dental implants for anchoring. One of the big advantages of zygomatic implants is that no bone grafting surgery is necessary. Although you'll save money on bone grafting, it will cost a bit more for these special implants, which are slightly longer than standard implants. The higher cost of zygomatic implants is due to the fact that they're harder to install and require more skill and training.

Insurance coverage

Some insurance companies will provide at least partial coverage, so you may not have to pay the entire cost for your procedure. Many dentists offer discounts and financing options for patients, and these may be your best bets, because your creditor will be a dentist whom you have worked with for many years, so there will be at least some level of trust in place. At Zircteeth, we offer a plan called Care Credit, which allows you to make affordable monthly installments to pay for the procedure. While you might think of implants as being expensive, keep in mind that they are more like an investment, since you won't have to replace them, and since they will restore the self-confidence you lost with your missing tooth.

Determining your exact cost

The best way to determine what your total cost will be is to consult with your dental practitioner. Your Zircteeth doctor will be glad to discuss everything about the cost and how it can be financed. Costs are different for every patient, because every mouth is different and the amount of work that needs to be done is also different. We'll make cost as transparent as possible, so you don't have any surprises when the work has been completed, and you have your new set of teeth in place.

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