When it comes to tooth replacement, titanium implants are the gold standard. Dental implants are the only restorative appliance that replaces the entire structure of the lost tooth, from root to crown. But because of titanium’s lasting strength and surgical placement process, the treatment comes with a higher price tag. Sometimes, patients ask us if titanium implants are truly worth the extra investment, or whether bridges or dentures would be just as suitable. Today, we’re breaking down the cost of dental implants and why this investment can pay off big for the future of your oral health.
Dental implant placement is a specialized restorative treatment that oral surgeons are skilled in performing. Though some dentists may place dental implants, trusting your procedure to a Colleyville oral surgeon like Dr. Chris Tye means you gain the peace of mind that an experienced oral surgeon is prepared to handle whatever situation may arise during treatment. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Tye, and learn more about our approach to dental implants, call our Colleyville practice at 817.552.3223.
How much can I expect to pay?
When you receive an estimate for treatment from Dr. Tye, the number may vary from what a friend or neighbor paid for implant treatment. This is because every patient has unique needs when it comes to successfully placing an implant. It is hard to estimate one number that applies to a vast range of patients with different oral health needs, but most general estimates for one dental implant fall between $1,600 and $2,500. However, some patients may be receiving multiple dental implants, or may require prerequisite procedures to qualify for placement. These could include a dental bone graft to reinforce and strengthen the jaw bone or a sinus lift to provide adequate space for the implant within the jaw. However, other patients may not require any prerequisite treatments before implants can be placed.
Treatment costs will also include anesthetics for a comfortable procedure, as well as any optional sedatives you wish to receive during the treatment to improve your experience. As an oral surgeon, Dr. Tye is uniquely qualified to safely administer sedatives during treatment. (It’s important to note that treatment does not typically include the dental crown, bridge, or dentures that are placed on the dental implants to replace the missing tooth crown(s).)
Does my insurance cover treatment?
Every dental insurance policy differs in its approach to dental implant coverage. Previously, implants were not often covered by many providers; however, more and more plans are offering partial coverage for implants. It’s always important to direct any questions you may have about insurance coverage directly to your insurance provider, as they will be able to answer specific questions regarding your policy. For patients with and without dental coverage, our Colleyville, TX practice is proud to accept CareCredit, a medical financing solution that helps translate large treatment bills into attainable monthly payments — often with little to no interest for qualifying patients.
Is a dental implant worth the cost?
Treatment costs may seem hefty for dental implants; they are a more expensive restorative treatment, for sure. But when it comes to your oral health and its effect on your overall health and wellbeing, dollars and cents are just one part of the story.
There are several reasons why dental professionals like Dr. Tye recommend dental implants:
- Dental implants last a lifetime. Other restorative treatments like dentures or bridges last only five to eight years before needing to be replaced. When you think about the lifetime costs of replacing these treatments, it often is more expensive and more upkeep to maintain a restoration that, at first, has a lower price point.
- Dental implants restore jaw health. After tooth loss, the jaw often suffers. This is because teeth roots and the jaw are so closely connected, supporting and strengthening each other. When teeth are lost, the bone tissue in that area can atrophy. Dental implants restore the gap left behind after tooth loss and stimulate new bone growth and repair.
- Dental implants feel more comfortable and natural. Without dental implants, patients experiencing tooth loss must often give up some of their natural biting strength and chewing abilities. Though modern dentures and bridges provide more support and strength than ever before, they still offer inferior stability compared to a permanent dental implant.
Invest in Your Smile with Dr. Chris Tye
If you have experienced tooth loss, and are contemplating the restoration that’s right for you, we encourage you to reach out to our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Chris Tye. Consistently recognized by his peers as one of the area’s leading oral surgeons, Dr. Tye understands your situation and can offer recommendations that have been shaped by over 25 years of experience in oral surgery. Make a smart investment by choosing Texas Oral Surgery Specialists! Call us at 817.552.3223.