You’ve got a tooth that’s beyond help, or maybe it’s already fallen out, so you’ve been looking into dental implants and you’ve found that it can be hard for a consumer to pin down the cost of having teeth replaced. You might have seen a lack of prices on dentists’ website or you may have seen deceptively low prices promoted with words as “as low as” and “as little as.” Yet, after all of your research, the question still stands: how much can you expect to pay to have a single dental implant placed?
A Look at the Types of Dental Implants
There several types of dental implants, the most popular being the screw-type that is implanted that fuses with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. There are also two scaffolding like alternatives, “zygomatic” and “pterygoid” implants, that provide a foundation for dental implants when there isn’t enough jawbone left to support screw-type implants. We’ll only look at the most common, most reliable type of dental implants here.
The Cost of Implant Parts
Here are the three main components of a dental implant, though these may vary about among manufacturers:
The implant post: starting at $1,000, the titanium implant post is threaded like a screw and is inserted into the jawbone. Keep in mind, local anesthesia will ensure that you won’t feel a thing when your dentist is placing your implants.
The Abutment: starting at $500, this part attaches to the implant post and serves as a connector for the only part of your dental implant that will be visible above the gum line: the crown.
The Crown: starting at $500 as well, this piece of porcelain is shaped and color light natural teeth to function just like natural teeth.
Factoring the Cost for Procedures
Along with the cost of the parts, you’ll also have to pay for the dental experts to place your implant and to perform any supporting procedure you may need to maximize the chances you’ll keep your dental implant for life.
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