When getting dental implants, the price can go up quite a bit, and sometimes for very surprising reasons. The initial amount that a single dental implant costs may not be the end price you have to pay when you are getting dental implants. These are not hidden costs, but are the prices for abutments, crowns and procedures to stabilise and make sure your dental implants are safe and last as long as possible. Here is a breakdown of what may be affecting the price of dental implants with your particular case.
Parts of the dental implant
When you are paying for a dental implant, you aren’t just paying for the dental implant itself, which is just the little screw that goes into your jawbone. You are also paying for an abutment and a dental crown that goes atop the dental implant as this is how function and form are replaced entirely. The price should be understood to thus include the actual dental implant, the abutment, the healing abutment and temporary crown, and the final dental crown as well.
What is driving dental implant prices up
A bone graft is a procedure that becomes necessary once the bone has disintegrated around the missing tooth. If there is no tooth in the alveolar ridge, the body absorbs the bone back in the body. This leaves a thin ridge of bone that cannot house a dental implant. If a tooth has been missing for long, bone grafts may become necessary to make the area able to accept a dental implant.
Gum grafts are necessary when you do not have enough gum material to cover the dental implant site. For the duration of the healing time, the dental implant is underneath the gums and is completely covered, so that it may integrate into the bone tissue. If there is not enough gum material, some must be taken from elsewhere and grafted onto the area.
There are many different kinds of dental crowns, and some cost more than others. What kind of dental crown you get will greatly affect the price, as a zirconium dental crown, for example, costs about two to three times as much as a “regular” dental crown.
Dental implants can come with different kinds of manufacturer’s guarantees. This means that the manufacturer will give you a new dental implant if the one you got fails in a given amount of time. The longer the time, the more the dental implant will cost.
In order to get dental implants that are safe and will stay with you for a long time, you need to make sure your mouth, including your soft tissues, teeth and bones, are healthy. This means you may need to get rid of some gum disease, get fillings, extractions, root canal treatments, hygiene sessions, and whatever else you may need in order to nurse your mouth back to health. It does not make much sense to put a dental implant in an unhealthy mouth, as the chance of failure is higher. In order to get the most for your money, you may need to restore your oral health entirely, and this may cost even more than the dental implant itself, depending on what kind of procedures you are going to need.
In order to figure out if you are going to have to pay extra, here is a quick checklist of yes and no answers to ask yourself. The more you answer with yes, the more your price will go up.
- Is the tooth you wish to replace still in the mouth? Are you going to need an extraction?
- Are your gums swollen? Do you see blood when you brush?
- Has the tooth you wish to replace been gone for more than 1 year?
- Do you have cavities or teeth that are unhealthy?
- Do you have a lot of tartar and plaque?
- Has it been more than a year since you last saw the dentist for a hygiene session?
- Is it a front tooth that is visible when you smile?