Over the past two decades, dental implants have become the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. Why the relatively sudden growth in popularity after hundreds of years with just dentures and bridges?
Dental implants from our Salem, OR dentist are unique because they are the only treatment that replaces an entire tooth-- both the crown that is seen in the smile as well as the root below. The end result is a prosthetic that is built just like a natural tooth, so it looks, acts, and even feels like a real one as well.
A single implant can be paired with an all-ceramic dental crown for a virtually seamless replacement. Because of the crown’s conservative nature, it will be able to fit in right alongside natural teeth without requiring them to be significantly altered or reduced. Its metal-free structure will also reflect light in the same way as natural tooth enamel, which means that you may even forgot it’s not natural after some time has passed. Meanwhile, the placed dental implant will provide reliable support for many years to come.
If several natural teeth have been lost, there are multiple options available for dental implant replacement. Implant-retained dental crowns are a viable option, but consecutive missing teeth that once appeared in a row can also be replenished with a custom-made dental bridge. This prosthetic will be anchored in place securely with the help of two dental implants, which are surgically placed on either side of the gap. This modern style of reconstruction is much more successful than traditional bridges, which require healthy teeth to be filed down to accommodate dental crowns.
Contrary to popular belief, even patients who have lost a large amount of natural teeth can be good candidates for dental implant reconstruction in most cases. Our Salem doctors can design a customized full or partial imlant denture that attaches over a few strategically anchored implants, providing plenty of long-lasting quality at a cost-effective price. These dentures can be permanently anchored in place or kept removable like a traditional denture – this choice will depend on the patient’s own preferences and their current level of oral health.
We encourage patients to schedule a dental implant consultation so we can assess their specific condition and walk them through the stages of this transformative process. Every situation is different, and our team cannot provide an accurate cost estimate until we have this information in hand. While dental implants are not the cheapest option available today for tooth replacement, we assure you that the lifelong benefits, aesthetics, and durability they provide are more than worth the initial investment.
When determining your estimated expenses, here are some of the factors that are considered:
There is a possibility that when meeting with our team to discuss dental implant placement, you will be recommended for preliminary treatments like periodontal therapy, tooth extractions, or bone grafting. Depending on the status of your oral health, these procedures may be necessary and can add to the total cost of your treatment.
Additional factors that are considered in the overall estimate include the price for your actual surgery and the anesthesia you will receive, both of which will increase the total amount. Since Cochell Family Dentistry refers our patients to a local specialist for the surgery portion of treatment, there will be two separate fees you will need to pay, one to the specialist and one for the implant restoration.
During your consultation, we will determine how many dental implants you will need to successfully restore your smile. The materials we use (titanium), as well as the manufacturer, can be a determining factor in how much your new smile will cost. While you might prefer to use a less expensive implant made from cheaper materials, it’s important to remember that the better the quality, the greater your results will be. At Cochell Family Dentistry, we will always be transparent about the materials and brands we use, so you can feel confident in your oral health decisions.
The type of restoration you receive will also affect the cost. While a single all-ceramic dental crown will be the least expensive option, you can expect an implant-retained dental bridge as well as an implant-retained denture to cost more.
Created by lab technicians, our team will send your impressions with specific instructions regarding how the restoration should look with regard to shape, size, and color. This ensures your new smile will look as natural as possible when put into place.
More and more, but not all dental insurance policies help cover the cost of dental implants; however, there are some exceptions. With some research we can help determine if your insurance helps cover implant therapy and what portion or percentage of the surgery, restoration, preliminary treatments, or consultation they will cover.
You or a member of our team can determine your out-of-pocket expenses by contacting a representative from your insurance company to inquire about possible coverage. At Cochell Family Dentistry, we will be happy to review your plan, help you maximize your benefits, and get you the information you need to make the right decision about your dental implant placement.
If you are uninsured or your dental insurance company refuses to pay for any of your dental implant procedure, there are other payment options available. We currently work with CareCredit, which is a third-party financier that provides eligible individuals the opportunity to enroll in low or no interest payment plans that are flexible and suitable for any budget. By signing up for this payment option, you can feel more confident moving forward with your treatment plan.