Missing a single tooth can be devastating. Missing more than one, not only can your smile’s appearance be compromised, you could also be facing functional issues. Modern dentistry has provided the dentist with various ways to complete a smile after an accident or extraction. Some of these you might be familiar with, bridges and dentures, to name the two most common. However,  there is another option that more patients are choosing to replace missing teeth and restore their smiles — dental implants.

Dental implants are a revolutionary dental solution that gives patients back their smiles, offering tremendous benefits. But what most patients wonder is what the actual cost of dental implants will be. In this article, we will go over some of the critical points to dental implants. This will include what they are, if you need them, their benefits, and how much do dental implants cost?

 

Dental Implants

 

What are dental implants?

Talking with someone after they’ve had teeth replacement, they may mention that their smile is because of the dental implants. They most probably are thankful for that. This can be confusing. A dental implant is not the portion that you actually see. That is because a dental implant is a surgically-installed post that acts as the support for your restoration (the crown). This means, if your dentist fits you with a dental crown to replace a single missing tooth, they will use the dental implant as the support to attach. The crown is not the dental implant. It’s what’s underneath. 

Dental implants are made from a titanium alloy. This is an extremely strong and durable metal commonly used for hip implants, knee implants, and many more medical procedures. Because it’s highly biocompatible, most patients don’t experience any allergy.

 

Do I need a dental implant?

Replacing missing teeth can not only be an aesthetic choice but also good for your oral health and remaining teeth. When you choose dental implants, you can preserve your jaw bone tissue and stop teeth from shifting out of alignment.

As mentioned above, dental implants are used to restore a person’s smile because of missing teeth. There are a few reasons why missing teeth could happen to a patient.

Accidents

An accident or injury can occur to the mouth and result in missing teeth. Whether it’s one or two teeth, or more that are knocked out, dental implants are an excellent solution to replacing the missing teeth.

After Extraction

Sometimes following an extraction, patients would like to regain their smiles. Extractions can occur because of an accident or if a tooth has broken due to tooth decay. Regardless of how an extraction occurs, patients who desire a fuller smile can rest easily knowing dental implants are an excellent choice.

 

Hands pointing dental implants

 

Benefits of dental implants

Dental implants offer excellent benefits that other restoration simply cannot. Let’s take, for example, you wear dentures. You may have had your dentures for years now. You’re used to applying the glue, fitting your teeth, and hoping that they don’t fall out when you don’t want them to. Your dentures may often feel uncomfortable, or they may even be loose now. For denture wearers, these are very common events. With dental implants, you don’t ever have to worry about ill-fitting restorations.

A dental implant solves all the problems that denture wearers experience. This can range from the worry that dentures will fall out at an opportune time, jaw bone loss, having to mess with sticky glue, and many more. 

With dental implants, here are some added benefits you can get: 

  • comfortable 
  • natural-looking 
  • dental implants are considered permanent 
  • excellent support for restorations 
  • can replace multiple missing teeth, full arches, or a single tooth
  • increases bite function

 

How much do dental implants cost?

Now, to the good stuff. For most patients, the cost is going to be a factor. When you compare dental implants’ prices to other restorations, you’ll find that they are more expensive. That doesn’t mean that they’re out of reach. It’s just a factor to consider before making your final decision.

Single tooth

Replacing a single tooth is often the most economical dental implant option available. On average, The price of a single titanium post and fitted crown is around $3,000 to $4,500. Keep in mind that while the upfront cost of a dental implant is more substantial than other restorative options, it’s a one-time cost.

Multiple teeth

For multiple teeth, you may need to factor in that the implant will cost $3,000 to $4,500 on its own. Depending on how many implants are required, it will affect the cost. For instance, if you need two implants for replacing five missing teeth, it may cost upwards of $6,000.

Full mouth implant

Full mouth implants are more economical than you might think. When replacing a full arch or the full mouth, you don’t need as many implants as you have teeth. You may only need four to six implants per arch to replace all the teeth. This gives your restorations adequate support for chewing, biting, and the weight of the restoration itself. On average, patients can expect to pay for a single top or bottom set anywhere from $3,500 to $30,000. For a full-mouth restoration, the average cost is roughly $34,000 in the United States.

 

Does insurance cover dental implants cost?

While most dental insurances still don’t cover dental implants, some do. It’s important to look at your policy before making a final decision as to whether or not dental implants are right for you. The insurance policy can determine the final cost, or if they cover any portion of the procedure.

In general, dental implants are still considered a cosmetic procedure. Though this may change in the coming years, currently, this is how most insurances perceive dental implants.

 

Conclusion

Dental implants aren’t the answer for everyone. However, they can be an excellent solution for most. While cost can be a significant factor, it shouldn’t be the only determining factor as to whether or not dental implants are right for you. If you’re considering dental implants to replace your smile, contact us today. Dental Oasis of Orange County is proud to offer dental implants in our Huntington Beach, CA office. Contact us today by phone at (714) 894-7700 or contact us online by clicking here.