One of the things that we are asked most about in the office is dental implant cost…
…and why treatment with dental implants seems to be more expensive than treatment without implants. In this blog post we are going to discuss the answer to that question.
Why are Dental Implants Expensive?
Treatment with dental implants can seem expensive — and in many cases it is expensive. When you are evaluating a treatment plan that includes dental implants, you must however, consider the cost of the non-implant treatment plan as well as the longevity of the planned treatment before you decide about dental implant cost.
Treatment with Implants vs. Treatment without Implants
One of the most common situations we encounter is that where we need to decide to replace a missing tooth with a three-unit bridge vs. with a dental implant. At the end of the day, the dental implant cost is about the same as the cost of the three-unit-bridge. And because implant don’t get decay, the implant restoration will almost definitely last longer than even the most well fabricated bridge.
What about “The Extras?”
One of the other concerns about dental implants is that there can be additional costs involved with dental implant treatment. This statement is true; however, it’s important to realize that a bridge may require additional cost as well. If you are having treatment with a dental implant, you may need a bone graft which would incur an additional cost. Compare this to a three-unit bridge, where you might need a core buildup (to replace the missing tooth structure), or a root canal on one or both teeth if they decay is deep.
The Bottom Line about Dental Implant Costs
At the end of the day it’s important to think about a) the treatment plan with and without implants, as well as b) the longevity of the restoration. So while implants may be slightly more expensive than traditional dental treatment — the savings in the long run is often worth it because of the longevity of dental implant restorations. Learn more about dental implants and about implant dentures, or contact us to setup a consultation.