The main purpose of preventive dentistry is to help patients keep all their natural teeth for their entire life to help maintain a beautiful smile. Daily oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist will prevent patients from losing their teeth. Unfortunately, some people will lose a tooth or multiple teeth for a number of reasons including lack of dental health or trauma. Whatever the reason, it’s imperative to replace that missing tooth or teeth because of the effect it will have on the patient’s life. Missing teeth can have a detrimental effect on quality of life, impacting speech, dietary habits, self-esteem, and social interactions.
There are several options a patient has to replace missing teeth. Dr. Brent Blaylock, a Durham, NC dentist, will always recommend dental implants when possible as the best tooth replacement option. Implants offer a permanent solution for tooth loss and often require no future maintenance costs like other dental restorations like dentures. The initial cost of surgically implanted artificial teeth is much higher when compared to other options. Teeth implants are a long-term investment in your overall well-being and oral health and they will prevent the need for further advanced dental care in the years to come. If missing teeth are not replaced, it will have a domino effect on your oral health, slowly leading to changes that affect the health of the gums, teeth and fit of the bite. Treating those ailments will most likely surpass the total cost of the dental implant procedure.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The total cost of dental implants varies greatly, from surgical implantation to attachment of the restoration, depending on several key factors. In some cases, additional procedures will be needed to restore oral health. If you have a severely infected or damaged tooth that cannot be saved by other procedures, then the tooth will need to be extracted. Bone grafting may also be required for patients who lack sufficient jaw bone. These additional steps will increase the cost of procedure. The size and location of the implants will also affect the total overall cost. Multiple dental implants will obviously cost more than a single tooth implant. If a patient requires a temporary crown, bridge or denture, that will also increase the cost.
Dr. Blaylock will begin the process with a thorough examination and discussion of your treatment options, ensuring that you are a candidate for dental implants. He will then create a personalized treatment plan for your new dental implant, coordinating with a local oral surgeon for the implantation of the titanium post. With this plan, he will be able to communicate with you a rough estimate of the entire dental implant process. Since no two patients will have the same issues, it’s impossible to give an estimate until Dr. Blaylock has examined you and created a step-by-step treatment plan. According to the American Academy of Dental Implants, a single implant will start at about $2,000.
Dental Insurance and Payment Options
Each patient’s dental insurance is unique and coverage will vary depending on the plan. Dr. Blaylock accepts most major dental insurance plans and will electronically submit treatment claims to your insurance company on your behalf. A typical dental plan do not typically cover the cost of dental implants. They may, however, partially cover the additional procedures and dental restorations like the dental crown. We will work with our patients to ensure they understand the cost of their dental implants and what their dental benefits may cover. If you have specific questions about your dental insurance coverage please contact our office and we will be happy to assist you. We also offer third party financing through CareCredit for qualified patients. For your convenience, we offer a range of payment options in our Durham dentist office:
- Cash, check and all major credit cards
- Phased treatment plans
- Health Savings Account or Flex Spending Account
- Complimentary filing of dental insurance benefits