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Factors Affecting the Cost of Dental Implants

Implant supported dental crown animationThe cost of your dental implants depends upon a variety of factors, including the number of implants you receive, any preliminary procedures performed, and the type of restorations you require. If you have suffered from tooth loss, Dr. Timothy Kelly can create a detailed treatment plan and timeline to help you understand the cost of dental implants. Although the costs associated with implants are higher than those of other tooth-replacement solutions, dental implants are infinitely more comfortable and efficient substitutes for natural teeth and never require relining or refitting. As such, their unique benefits make dental implants a worthwhile investment for many patients. 

Number of Dental Implants Required

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The most critical factor to determining the cost of dental implants is the complexity and extent of the treatment performed. A patient who is missing only one tooth will require a single dental implant. For patients with several missing teeth in one quadrant of their mouth, we may place more than one dental implant to support a bridge. If you are undergoing full mouth reconstruction, we usually must place between six to eight implants per arch. As such, the cost is greater for patients receiving a full set of implant-supported dentures.

Pre-Treatment Surgeries

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Another factor that can affect the cost of dental implants is whether any preliminary surgical treatments are required to ensure successful implant placement. If a patient has sustained bone atrophy after tooth loss, they may not have enough jawbone tissue to support an implant. In this situation, we may recommend one or more bone grafts to rebuild the jawbone.

Depending upon your needs, we may recommend another common preparatory surgery called a sinus lift. For some patients, the location of sinus cavities may interfere with implant placement. A sinus augmentation will raise the floor of the sinus cavity to make sure the implant does not interfere with normal sinus function.

Materials Used

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Most dental implants are composed of a biocompatible titanium alloy, which easily integrates into growing bone tissue during the post-surgical healing period. However, a small percentage of patients may demonstrate a sensitivity to metal alloys, which makes it necessary to use an alternate material, such as zirconia. The material used will affect the cost of your dental implants.

Type of Dental Restoration

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In addition, the type of restoration you choose will influence the cost of treatment. Implant-supported dentures, crowns, and bridges are composed of different materials and are fabricated using unique processes in dental laboratories. A dental crown, used to restore a single tooth, is usually less expensive than an implant-supported denture, which replaces an entire dental arch.

Your Choice of Dentist

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As a final consideration, there is some variance in the cost of dental implants based on the location and experience of the dentist you choose. A dentist who has successfully provided implants for many patients brings a level of skill and mastery to the procedure that helps ensure greater success for each case. Given that successful dental implant surgery is dependent on a number of unique factors related to your personal circumstances, most patients are happy to pay slightly more for the peace of mind that an experienced dentist brings to the process.

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Dental implants provide the best solution for missing teeth, restoring both the form and function to your smile. This restorative treatment can prevent changes to the jaw and provide a stable replacement that allows you to retain normal dentition and speech patterns. If you have experienced tooth loss and want to learn more about the cost of dental implants or the treatment timeline, contact our practice online or by calling (505) 256-1770 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kelly.

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