Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option available. They also tend to be the most expensive option, which can make it hard for people to fit them in the budget. Overall, dental implants are worth the investment. Their natural appearance, natural function, low maintenance, and potential for lifetime durability justify the expense. Cost shouldn’t be your primary rationale for choosing a dental implant provider, but it’s an important consideration, as long as you are comparing options realistically.
This page will describe dental implant costs generally, and give you some tools to compare dental implant quotes. But dental implants are custom treatments, and costs are only meaningful if they’re relevant to your custom dental implant procedure. To get a quote based on your situation, please call (619) 299-5925 today and schedule an appointment with a San Diego implant dentist at Strober Dental.
How to Compare Dental Implant Costs
You might go to three different implant dentists and get three very different quotes for your dental implant procedure. So how do you reconcile these quotes and decide which is right for you?
It’s crucial to make sure you’re making an apples-to-apples comparison. That means you have to look at the different factors that influence the cost, including:
- Implant-related factors
- Procedure-related factors
- Restoration related factors
- Dentist-related factors
Once you’ve reconciled all these different factors, you can make a rational comparison among the quotes you’ve received.
How Implant-Related Factors Influence Cost
There are many dental implant options that can lead to very different costs in achieving the same (or almost the same) results. Some of these factors include:
- Style, make, and model of implants
- Size of implants
- Number of implants
There are many different styles of implants in use today. Dentists have hundreds of options to choose from, and they choose particular ones that they find work for them. Some styles are significantly more expensive than others.
The size of implant is chosen because it’s what’s appropriate to the amount of bone you have, the number of implants being used, and the intended function of your dental implants. For example, we need larger implants if we’re trying to provide full function for chewing than if all we’re trying to accomplish is holding a denture in place while the gums support it.
And, of course, the number of implants will influence the cost. The number is based on the same factors as we use for determining the size. In general, we can achieve the same function with fewer larger implants or more smaller implants
How Your Procedure Influences the Cost of Dental Implants
Your dental implant procedure is designed for you, so its features are all related to your specific needs. For example, the cost might be more if you need:
- Gum disease treatment
- Bone grafting
- Complex implant placement
If you have gum disease, we may need to treat it before placing your dental implants, as it can infect your implants and lead to dental implant failure. This treatment can increase the cost of your procedure.
Bone grafting is used when you don’t have enough bone in your jaw to support dental implants. This can increase the cost of your dental implant procedure. How much it increases it depends on the style of bone graft necessary. Just adding a little additional grafting material around the implant to help it fit in the socket is relatively inexpensive. A secondary procedure where bone is harvested from a donor site, then added to the implant site is more expensive. Make sure you understand what bone graft is being cited in your quote.
Finally, not all dental implant placements are simple. Some dental implants are placed at complex angles or configurations to take maximum advantage of the bone you do have, and this can contribute to your costs.
How Restorations Influence the Cost of Dental Implants
Your dental implant is actually just the artificial tooth root that sits in the bone and under the gums. An artificial tooth or teeth are required to give you the appearance and function you desire. These have to be taken into account. Their cost is influenced by:
- The number of teeth being replaced
- How the restoration attaches
- What type of material is used
- The appearance of your restorations
Of course, a single dental crown generally costs less than a comparable dental bridge of three units. The more teeth being replaced, the more you will typically pay for your restoration.
The attachments used to link restorations to dental implants can impact the cost. If you are getting a fully functional dental bridge, for example, it might need a reinforcing bar that can add to the cost.
Today we have a wide range of materials that we can use to manufacture your restorations. Many different types of ceramics are available, and these can influence both the appearance and the durability of your restoration.
But it’s not just the material that determines how attractive your restoration looks. There are surface treatments and design details that can be used to make your new teeth look just like your old teeth, or better, but still natural. The more care taken to achieve a natural appearance, the greater the cost.
How Your Choice of Dentist Influences the Cost of Dental Implants
It’s also important to note that a significant part of cost disparities may be related to the dentist themselves. These costs can be related to:
- The use of a specialist to place dental implants
- Dentist’s training and experience
- Technology used for your procedure
It’s usually worth it to pay more to have a specialist place your dental implants. A dental implant specialist can reduce your risk of some complications.
Dentists who have invested in training or who have earned experience in placing dental implants may charge more for the procedure, and rightfully so–this type of training and experience can also reduce your risk of complications.
There are many different ways to perform a dental implant procedure, and many technologies that can be employed to make a very different procedure. These technologies may add cost, but they can also improve your experience and reduce your risk of complications.
How to Reconcile Dental Implant Quotes
Once you’ve figured out how your quotes are different, how do you reconcile them? Don’t hesitate to call a dentist or schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the quote. Start with the dentist you feel most comfortable with, and ask them about why they don’t do the procedure the way another dentist quoted it. The dentist may say, “That’s a fine way to do it, and we can do it if you want.” Or the dentist may explain why they chose the procedure they did, and why it’s best in your case.
Make these follow-up consultations with as many of the dentists as you need to feel confident that you are paying the right cost for the best procedure with the best dentist for you.
If you are looking for a quote on dental implants in San Diego, please call (619) 299-5925 for an appointment at Strober Dental.