When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants have quickly become the gold standard in dentistry. However, many patients shy away from this treatment option because the initial cost is high. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants replace the lost root structure of the tooth and provide natural support for the replacement teeth. There are additional costs associated with this, but by recreating a more natural tooth structure, your dentist can deliver a permanent tooth replacement option.
1 – Average Cost of Just the Implant Post
Dental implant posts are made from high quality, biocompatible materials, and they are precision crafted to unique specifications. This is why they are able to mimic the lost tooth roots and recreate damaged supportive structures. This is also why implants are so costly. Before the implants are ever placed, they can cost between $500 and $2000 to craft. This is actually where the bulk of the cost of implant supported tooth replacement comes from.
2 – Cost of Preparatory Procedures
Prior to the surgical implant placement, many patients need one or more preparatory treatments. Tooth extraction is the most common. If part of the tooth is still in position, it will need to be removed before we place the implant post. In many cases, we’re able to place the implant on the same day as the extraction, which has been shown to speed the healing process. Other preparatory procedures include bone and soft tissue grafts. These treatments buildup the natural supportive tissues to ensure your implant will fully fuse with jawbone.
3 – The Added Cost of Comfort
If you choose to use any sort of sedation for your implant placement, this will be an additional cost. In many cases, medical insurance will cover the cost of prescription oral sedatives and more advanced sedation methods like IV administered sedatives and general anesthesia. Medical insurance is more likely to cover these forms of sedation, if they are performed in a hospital setting.
4 – How Dental Insurance Can Help
While most dental insurance plans don’t cover the cost of dental implants, they usually provide partial coverage for your replacement tooth or teeth. Because so many dentists are now recommending dental implants as the go to tooth replacement method, more insurance providers are offering some coverage for this treatment. Medical insurance will often provide coverage for sedation and other aspects of the surgical treatment. A good dentist will work with you maximize your possible coverage.
Meet Dr. Brown
At the Dallas dentistry practice of Bao Brown, DDS, we offer a wide range of advanced surgical procedures to renew oral health and replace missing teeth. Dr. Brown has years of advanced training in oral and maxillofacial surgery that makes him the ideal practitioner to offer surgical dental implant placement. If you want to learn more about replacing missing teeth or you have other oral surgery concerns, please don’t hesitate to call Texas Wisdom Teeth & Dental Implants to schedule your tooth replacement consultation today. We’ll evaluate your oral health and help you find the right smile repair solution to meet your needs.