Dental implants: you’ve heard about them, but what can they do for you? And what is the cost of dental implants: can you afford them?
178 million people in the U.S are missing at least one tooth, and more than 35 million Americans do not have any teeth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Dental implants can mitigate these people’s concerns on many levels:
- Eliminate the esthetic stigma of having a missing tooth,
- Improve the functional problem of chewing difficulty,
- Eliminate repetitive cycles of pain, root canals, tooth fracture, and cavities,
- Decrease shifting of teeth, and
- Wipe out the psychological component of simply having a missing tooth.
As dentists, we know there are additional consequences of these missing teeth that may not be apparent right away, but will probably show up years down the road:
- Bone loss,
- Loss of additional teeth,
- Damage to the TMJ (jaw joint), the related muscles, headaches, and
- Since people are living longer, your health may be compromised as you age due to poor nutrition from a decreased ability to chew well.
But what do dental implants cost? And what procedures are available with these dental implants? Whether you are missing one tooth or all of your teeth, implant solutions exist. In the past, a full arch (an arch is one jaw: either the upper jaw or the lower jaw) could cost upwards of $60,000. Full arch solutions, such as All-On-Four®, now exist where not only is the cost half or even less than half, but you can get your smile back within one appointment!
If your situation calls for only one or a few implants, obviously the cost of the implants is less. A single dental implant will cost between $2,200 for a mini-implant to $3,600 for a standard-size implant.
It’s also important not to think of dental implants as an expense, but rather an investment. And there is great value to this type of investment. Dental implants can return you to a state of health by eliminating pain, chewing difficulty, and social embarrassment. They can also set you up for long term health by improving your chewing and digestion.
For more information regarding many of these topics and options, we strongly encourage you to peruse our library of Patient Education Sheets by clicking here .
If some of these costs seem daunting for you, don’t despair. Excellent financing opportunities exist to manage dental implant costs, and you’ll be surprised to see how affordable the implant care you seek and deserve can be.
Regardless of your needs, an important factor to consider when contemplating dental implants and the cost of dental implants is who will perform your procedures. Be sure to find a dentist with plenty of experience and options to present to you. Dr. Goldberg of Morris County Dental Associates is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, a title held by less than 1% of dentists worldwide. He also has been practicing implant dentistry for over 20 years. Click here to learn more about him and his practice, and to schedule a free consultation to discuss your particular situation. You’ll be glad you did.