The Top Six Factors that Affect Dental Implant Costs
There is no doubt that dental implants are the best solution for missing teeth. Dental implant-supported restorations replace the entire structure of the tooth, from root to crown, which offers a number of long-term oral health benefits.
However, many patients believe that the cost of dental implants precludes them from undergoing treatment. At Elements Dental in Victoria, BC, we discuss the top six factors that affect dental implant costs, and we offer a more affordable dental implant treatment option with Teeth-in-a-Day.
1. The Number of Dental Implants
The number of teeth that need to be replaced will affect the total cost of treatment. While we do not need to place one dental implant for each missing tooth, we do need to place a sufficient number of implants to securely hold your restoration in place.
2. The Type and Quality of Your Restoration
The number of missing teeth will also play a role in the type of restoration that is attached to the dental implant or implants. For example, if you are missing a single missing tooth, we can use a dental crown to fill in the empty space. A single crown is the least expensive restoration option.
However, if you are missing a span of teeth in one area of the mouth, we can attach a dental bridge to your dental implant or implants. This is a moderately-priced restoration option.
If you are missing a full set of teeth, we will place dentures in the upper and lower arch. Because dentures are fabricated to replace a full arch of missing teeth, they tend to be the most expensive option.
The quality of your restoration also affects the cost of treatment. The use of high-quality porcelain or zirconia can increase the cost of treatment.
3. Preparatory Work
Prior to undergoing dental implant surgery, patients must have healthy teeth and gums. If the remaining natural teeth require treatment for cavities, root canal therapy, or extraction, this will increase the total cost of treatment. Periodontal care can also affect price.
In addition, patients should have a sufficient amount of jawbone to support the implants. If not, we may recommend a bone graft or sinus lift procedure.
4. Sedation Options
Patients may undergo dental implant surgery while under local anesthetic, which is the most affordable option. Intravenous sedation is another option that can increase the cost of treatment.
5. The Type of Dental Implants
If you are replacing all of the teeth in the upper or lower arch, traditional dental implants are typically more expensive than Teeth-in-a-Day.
We offer Teeth-in-a-Day at our Victoria practice as a more cost-effective option that doesn’t usually require the need for preparatory procedures such as a bone graft or sinus lift. This treatment option involves the placement of dental implants and temporary dentures in one day. After three to six months, when the healing period is complete, the custom restoration is attached to the dental implants.
6. Choice of Surgeon
The choice of surgeon and location of the practice always affects the price of dental implant treatment. At Elements Dental, we are committed to keeping treatment as affordable as possible for our patients.
To schedule an appointment and find out if dental implants are right for you, contact us online or call us in Victoria at (250) 382-5233.