The real reason why it costs so much to replace your missing teeth:
By now, most of you have probably heard of dental implants and are aware that you can replace your missing teeth with implants. By placing dental implants, you can replace anywhere from one tooth to all of your missing teeth with prosthetic teeth. There’s no doubt that dental implants are the best option to replace your missing teeth. Implants are stronger, more durable and more efficient at chewing than both dentures and bridges. They last longer, look more natural and don’t harm your remaining teeth the way dentures and bridges do. Plus, dental implants help preserve your jaw bone and maintain your facial muscles. This prevents accelerated aging due to bone loss subsequent to losing your teeth which makes you look and feel younger.
You may also be aware that dental implants are expensive. The biggest obstacle to getting dental implants is the cost of dental implants. Typically, replacing a single tooth with dental implant costs anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000+. Imagine if you’re trying to replace all of your teeth with dental implants? You’re probably looking at tens-of-thousands of dollars. But why are dental implants so expensive? Why can’t they just cost less? Believe it or not, dental implant prices are the lowest they have ever been. But don’t expect implants to become much cheaper in the future. There are a few good reasons why dental implants continue to cost so much. Lets go over them:
Dental implant parts are expensive
Most dental implants consist of three separate parts, the implant post (screw), abutment and crown. Implant post is made from bio-compatible titanium or zirconia and must be be FDA approved. The abutment is custom designed to fit precisely into the implant post and has additional costs associated with it. Finally, the implant crown is made by local labs, but screw-retained crowns and custom crowns cost much more than traditional crowns do. Throw in some bone graft, membrane and suture material, and you’re easily be looking at a few hundred or even thousands of dollars just for the implant parts. In fact, a full mouth dental implant cases typically costs your dentist between 5 to 10 thousand dollar in parts alone! The cost of implant parts is one of the reasons why dental implants cost as much as they do.
Duration of dental implant treatment
The second reason why dental implants cost so much is the duration of treatment. Dental implant treatment always takes a very long time, anywhere from several months to a couple of years! In contrast, most other dental procedures take weeks or one or two months at most. In fact, implant dentistry treatment times are more similar to orthodontics as opposed to general dentistry. You may have to visit your dentist anywhere from 5 to 10 times for a single tooth implant. For full mouth implant treatment expect to visit your dentist as many as 20 to 30 times until treatment if complete! As you can see, implant dentistry requires numerous visits and eats up plenty of chair-time. Investing so much time into your treatment is another reason why dental implants are costly.
Dental implant maintenance
Making prosthetic teeth which resemble your natural teeth is very, very challenging. There are so many things which may go wrong during the course of treatment. List of complications includes wrong tooth size, food getting trapped, implants getting infected and countless other problems. These all need to be taken into consideration when treatment planning dental implant therapy. Ultimately, the cost of addressing these complications needs to be built into the dental implant fee. Otherwise, you would have to pay extra every time your doctor has to perform an additional procedure. The cost of maintenance and unexpected do overs is yet another reason why implant treatment is expensive.
Skill set involved in implant dentistry
The final reason why dental implants cost so much is the skill set involved in implant dentistry. Implant placement and restoration is much more different than most other common dental procedures. As a result, not every dentist performs implant treatment. The ones that do, typically have 10 or more years of experience beyond dental school and specialty training. This is already in addition to the 8 years of post high school training required to become a dentist. Overall, that’s more than 20 years of education and experience before your dentist can perform complex implant dentistry. Naturally, there is additional fee to compensate your implant dentist for the skill set required to perform these complicated treatments.
Are dental implants worth the high price?
If you’re struggling with missing teeth and hate wearing dentures, then dental implants are absolutely worth the price! Missing teeth can cause cosmetic and health problems. In fact, missing just one tooth can throw your entire bite off and lead to additional tooth loss over the years. Besides, what could be better than having permanent teeth in your mouth and being able to chew, eat and speak properly?
Having a healthy mouth is the gateway to a healthy body. Missing teeth leads to jaw atrophy, digestive problems, TMJ pain and many other medical problems. People with all of their teeth in their mouth live longer and enjoy a much higher quality of life. Investing in your teeth is no different than investing in your overall health and wellness. So yes, dental implants are expensive, but ask anyone who has had them, they are certainly worth the price!
If you live in San Clemente, Orange County and would like to learn more about dental implants give us a call. We can be reach at (949) 481-2540 or you can book your consultation online. We look forward to assisting you in addressing your missing teeth and other dental problems!