For some people, losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience. Fortunately, they can always turn to dental implants. If you are a candidate for dental implants, it would be a good idea to know the basics of the procedure including the process and the possible dental implant cost.
Knowing all the basics including the dental implant cost can help you gauge if indeed it is the ideal treatment option for your case.
Below is a quick guide on dental implant cost and well as some basics you need to know about the procedure:
How much will dental implants take you back?
The cost can actually vary from one patient to another. Just like any surgery, many factors can impact the total cost of the procedure. Some of the key factors include geographical location, individual fee structure, and dentist overhead.
In addition, the physical circumstances of the patient will also be taken into account. The condition of the gum and jawbone, whether a bone graft or extraction is needed, and anaesthesia options will also be factored in and can significantly affect the overall cost of the procedure.
Generally however, the entire procedure (including the crown) can cost around $3, 000 to $5, 000 per tooth.
What is the process like?
Diagnosis and prognosis will be determined after X-rays (CT scan or panoramic X-rays) have been taken. The location of the tooth as well as the condition of both the gum and jawbone are also taken into consideration. An impression of the gums and teeth will also be taken. The dentist will explain the timing and procedure and will also inform the patient if a bone graft is needed.
Insertion of Implant
The implant will be inserted in a hole that’s drilled in the jawbone.
Placement of Abutment
Once the gum has healed, an abutment (device that connects the implant to the replacement tooth) is screwed into the implant. A temporary crown is also attached to the implant.
In some cases, a collar or a healing cap is required to help the gum heal accordingly. Also, in some instances, the abutment is placed at the same time as the implant.
Placement of the Permanent Crown
The final step in the process is the removal of the temporary crown and the attachment of the permanent crown.
What should you ask your dentist prior to the procedure?
If you have any questions or concerns, it would be a good idea to write them all down and ask your dentist about them before agreeing to the procedure. Also, the following should be included in your list of questions to ask:
What are the inclusion in the quoted cost?
Ensure you have a crystal clear idea of the price for the complete procedure. This should include the implant, abutment, and crown. If a bone graft and extraction is needed, you should also ask about their individual costs.
How much will a temporary tooth cost?
If the implant is in an inconspicuous part of the mouth, some people would opt not to have a temporary tooth placed. However, if the missing tooth is obvious, a temporary tooth might be placed.