Teeth are an important part of your life because they are a noticeable part of your identity. Others see your teeth every time you talk, smile, or laugh.
Yet, for many, their smile makes them uncomfortable because they do not feel they have an attractive smile. A chipped, crooked, or missing tooth can be a source of embarrassment. Something that makes them feel self-conscious in public.
- Dental implants can vary in price depending on several factors.
- If you have poor oral health, or require treatment for advanced gum disease, the pre-surgical procedures required to correct the problem and repair the underlying bone will increase the overall cost of the dental implant procedure.
- The quality of components such as the implant post, abutment and crown can also cause the price of dental implants to vary.
- The number of implants required to complete the procedure will also cause the price of the dental implant procedure to vary substantially.
If you are among the numerous people who struggle with your smile because your teeth do not look the way you want, then speaking with an implant dentist is the right choice. Dr. Hogan can discuss your concerns and what kind of outcome you would like to see.
The Price of Dental Care
One of the primary reasons you may have delayed treatment is concern over the cost of dental care. Maybe, you haven’t seen a dentist because you believe you cannot afford the smile you want. The smile that will restore your confidence and help rebuild your self-esteem.
Before you delay treatment any longer, let’s examine what impacts the price of one of the most genuinely innovative and popular treatments for missing teeth: dental implants.
The Cost of Dental Implants
Like most dental treatments, several factors determine the price of the dental care you receive. The following directly impact the cost of dental implants:
- How many implants do you need?
- The location of the implants.
- The current condition of your oral health.
- The need for pre-surgical restorative procedures.
Each of these factors directly affects the price of dental implants. For example, if Dr. Hogan can set the titanium implant posts directly into the jawbone without tissue restoration, you save the cost of pre-surgical procedures or bone grafting.
Without a consultation, it is impossible to know the total price of an implant because of the above factors. During the initial dental implant consultation, Dr. Hogan will review your needs and discuss the recommended procedures based on his assessment.
How to Pay for Dental Implants
Insurance companies do not usually cover the total cost of dental restoration procedures, but some plans may cover a portion of the cost, reducing out-of-pocket expenses. Depending on the coverage gap, you may need to find creative ways to pay for the procedures you need to restore your smile. A few of the most widespread ways to pay for expensive dental care like dental implants include the following:
- Max out insurance coverage:It can take a year or more to complete the dental implant procedure. Due to this extended timeframe, you can often split procedures across two years to max out insurance payments. For example, you may complete pre-surgical work one year and then have the implant placed the next, allowing the insurance provider to cover more costs.
- Use flexible spending or HSA dollars: HSA and flexible spending accounts use pre-tax dollars to pay for medical expenses. Tapping these funds pays the bill with tax-free money.
- Investigate loan options: Loans allow you to receive the care immediately and make smaller monthly payments over a year or more.
Dr. Hogan offers a free initial consultation if you are serious about restoring your smile. He will discuss your dental care needs and can help you identify ways to pay for the recommended procedures.
How much does a single dental implant cost in 2022?
The cost of a single dental implant can range from $3,000 to $6,000 depending on several different factors. The price of the dental implant includes the surgical and anesthesia costs, the implant post, a custom abutment, a porcelain implant crown, and all dental lab costs.
Does insurance cover the cost of dental implants?
Dental implants are considered an elective, cosmetic dental procedure, and therefore, are not covered under most dental or medical insurance plans. However, some dental plans may cover some portion of the procedure such as a tooth extraction or a portion of the cost of a dental bridge when an implant is used to support the bridge.
Are dental implants the best tooth replacement option?
Dental implant technology is superior to alternative treatments because it includes a replacement for the root and the tooth, giving you a permanent solution to tooth loss.
What is the failure rate for dental implants?
Advances in dental implant technology make dental implants one of the most reliable and effective procedures to address missing teeth. Dental implants fail in roughly 5% of cases and failure can result from many different issues, shortly after the procedure or years later. With proper care and maintenance, a typical dental implant should last 25 years or more.
Are dental implants worth it?
Dental implants provide more than just an aesthetic outcome from tooth loss. Dental implants support the adjacent teeth, supporting a healthy bite. Implants also decrease bone loss, preserving the underlying jawbone and further preserving facial aesthetics.
Call for an Appointment
If you are ready to explore ways to rejuvenate your smile, or you just need a cleaning and x-rays, call today for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Kevin Hogan graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has over 40 years of experience. He completed continuing education at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a world-renowned comprehensive and aesthetic dentistry center. He has also finished extensive coursework with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and lectured at both North Carolina and Emory University.
He is known for his artistic skill, professionalism, and ability to find the right solution for an array of dental challenges. Dr. Kevin Hogan is a cosmetic and restorative dentist serving patients in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina and the greater Charleston, SC areas.