Affordable Dental Implants | Best Dental in Houston, TX
Dental implants are often what one prefers when trying to replace a tooth (or full set of teeth), but the cost can be jaw-dropping to say the least. Thanks to the internet, you have found this guide which will help you understand how you can embrace affordable dental implants once and for all.
From understanding the basics of dental implant treatment to knowing exactly what it should cost you, we left no stone unturned. After all, it’s best to know whether the route that you take is the best one for you or if it’s one that is costing you more than it should.
What exactly are dental implants?
A dental implant is simply a type of dental procedure that uses a titanium screw that’s placed in the jawbone to simulate the root of your teeth. This serves as a stable foundation in which an abutment (connector) can be placed to support either permanent or removable replacement teeth.
Since the titanium screw fuses to the jawbone itself, this is one of the strongest forms of teeth replacement to exist within the dental industry. It also carries an extremely high rate of success (98%).
The Different Types of Dental Implants
With so many kinds of dental implants, it might be hard to understand the differences. Here is a quick look at the different types of dental implants that we have to offer our patients.
· Single Dental Implant
Sometimes you just need a single dental implant (or two), so there’s no need to get a complete set which is where this option comes into play. Just like a complete set of implants, they will still be embedded to the jawbone making them a stable solution. After their placement, an implant crown is constructed to fit over them after they have osseointegrated.
· All-on-4 Dental Implants
All-on-4 implants provide you with the opportunity to get a complete set of implants by just using just four dental implants to fill the top or bottom of your mouth with replacement teeth. This is a common alternative to a complete set of dental implants and since it uses the available bone to bond to, there is rarely a need for bone grafting.
· Mini Dental Implants
If there is very little of your jawbone to work with, mini dental implants may be the route to go as they’re designed to work in these situations. These are also a wonderful solution if their is little space to work with (as seen often with lateral incisors). Also, in most cases this is a type of dental implant procedure that’s done the same day.
· Snap-On Dental Implants
Also commonly referred to as hybrid dentures or implant-retained dentures, this is a much more comfortable and stable way to replace your teeth with dentures. Unlike traditional dentures, you don’t have to worry about them moving around or making your food options limited. Just snap them in and embrace a better fit.
The Benefits of Getting Dental Implants
You may be considering different types of tooth replacement and want to know what implants have to offer that its alternatives don’t offer. With that said, here’s a breakdown of the top benefits that can be embraced by getting dental implants.
· A more beautiful smile you can be proud of. There isn’t anything like the sight of bad teeth, but with dental implants you’re embracing the most realistic form of replacement to exist. You will be able to crack a smile in confidence.
· Highly durable providing you with a bright future. It’s no secret that this is one of the most durable solutions that you have available to you. Which means that you will be able to enjoy them for many years to come.
· Makes it a lot easier to eat than other options. Dentures can be a hassle when it comes to eating as every denture wearer has probably experienced them sliding. With implants, they are fixed which ensures your diet isn’t limited and you don’t have to deal with unnecessary hassles.
· No need to keep removing your dentures. Throw out the messy adhesives while you’re at it since dental implants are literally a part of you.
· Your speech could even be better than it was before. It’s not uncommon that some who have dentures might mumble or slur at times. This is not the case with dental implants.
How much does a dental implant cost?
This depends upon a lot of factors, such as who you go to as well as what will be required to effectively provide you with dental implant treatment. For example, at our dental office, you can get a single tooth implant for as little as $1,999 and All-on-4 implants for $36,000. Here is a more detailed look.
Average Cost of Dental Implants
|Type of Dental Implant Treatment||Average Cost||Price Range||Our Price|
|Single Dental Implant (implant, abutment, and crown included)||$3,500||$2,500-$5,000||$1,999|
|All on 4 Dental Implants (upper and lower arch)||$55,000||$40,000-$65,000||$36,000|
|Snap on Dental Implants (upper and lower arch)||$15,000||$12,000-$20,000||$8,000|
Will my insurance cover tooth implants?
Unfortunately, most insurance companies will refuse to cover anything but the cost of a replacement tooth. This means that the dental implant procedure and services that are associated with it will become your problem to deal with.
This is mainly due to the fact that they classify dental implants as a cosmetic procedure, and not something that’s medically necessary. There is a separate type of insurance designed specifically for dental implants, but a lot of the time many had found this to be more trouble than it’s worth.
Other Financing Options for Dental Implants
Here at Best Dental, we offer traditional financing through third-party lenders such as Care Credit and Lending Club to make dental implants more affordable. It’s common for us to see patients get approved for no down payment and monthly payments as low as $99.
For those who might not qualify for third-party financing, there is also another route that can be taken that’s formally known as a dental savings plan. Just like the name says, you save 15% off dental services which can add up to quite a bit of savings. Especially when it comes to dental implants.
Understanding Dental Implant Treatment
1. Your initial appointment for dental implants. Success takes planning, and this is the appointment where the plan starts to come together. You will a 3D scan done to ensure that implants are for you. Your dentist will also get a complete medical history to ensure that there are no issues (such as multiple myeloma, osteoporosis, or radiation treatment to the jaw area) that could contradict with following through with the procedure.
2. Preparing the site for dental implant surgery. This can be done the same day that you take care of what was mentioned in the last section, or it could be scheduled at another time. Using a set of rotary files, a socket will be formed where the dental implant is going to be placed.
3. Now it’s time to place the dental implant titanium cylinder. This is done using a special dental tool, but the idea is that the titanium post is placed. This is the foundation that’s going to hold everything in place when you get your dental crown installed.
4. The cylinder will be covered with appropriate material. A healing abutment (otherwise known as healing caps) will be placed on the implant as long as it’s solid and stable. If it’s not solid and stable a cover screw will be placed to allow the implant to fuse with your jawbone and tissue (which could take about four or five months).
5. The dental impression is taken made and a custom crown will be made. After about four months (or longer if necessary), you’ll go in to have the impression made for your new dental crown. The impression will be sent off-site to a state-of-the-art laboratory to be made.
6. Finally, once your custom dental crown comes in it will be installed. Once your custom dental crown makes it to the office, it will be installed. This is done using either concrete or screws in order to make it hold for the long-term.
Keep in mind that there may be a follow-necessary even after the process of getting a dental implant is complete, depending upon what your dentist feels is necessary. This is usually just to make sure things are healing up properly and that there is no infection that has set in.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
While some might think that having implants will come with a complicated process of maintaining them, this isn’t the case. Sure, there are instructions you’ll receive when you first get them to ensure that they aren’t damaged and have time to bond, but this is only temporary.
As far as regular care of dental implants, you will brush your teeth just like normal as well as make sure that you go to your regular dental checkups. See, it’s not that complicated after all!
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Are dental implants best for me?
While this does depend upon your specific needs, this is often the top choice for anyone needing replacement teeth. The reason for this is that they’re simply the strongest option available and provide you with a lot more functionality than dentures can provide.
Can I get dental implants if I already have dentures?
The short answer is yes. Most of the time this is still an option even after having dentures, but you will need to schedule an appointment with your dentist to have them look at things. This will ensure that you know what to expect and whether there is anything preventing dental implants.
In fact, common choices among our patients who have traditional dentures include hybrid dentures (that aren’t removable) and overdentures (which can easily snap in or out). It is actually a lot more common than most expect it to be as traditional dentures can be pretty inconvenient at times.
Do dental implants need to be replaced?
Most of the time, dental implants are known to last a lifetime. This depends upon what they’re made of as well as how well you take care of them. While lasting a lifetime is common, it has also been seen that the crowns need to be replaced after 10-15 years.
Do dental implants require special care?
Dental implants are known for being stronger and more resistant to corrosion, and you would take care of them just as you would with your natural teeth. Having regular dental checkups, brushing regularly, and flossing are all ways that you can prolong their lifespan.
Does it hurt to get a dental implant?
The procedure itself isn’t a painful experience because anesthesia will be given to make you as comfortable as possible. After your dental implant procedure, you may have some pain for up to 7 days, but this can be easily managed with pain medications provided by your dentist.
How long will dental implants last for?
In general, dental implants have been known to last for a lifetime while there are cases where crown replacement is needed within 10-15 years. This all depends on how well you have taken care of them.
How long will it take me to restore my tooth (or teeth) with implants?
Single implants can take 30 minutes up to an hour while complete implant sets may require anywhere from 3-4 hours. The complexity of the procedure is the main determining factor of how long it will take for you to receive dental implants. Following the procedure, you can expect it to take around 6 months for them to fully fuse to your jawbone at which time you’ll need to follow up with your dentist.
What are the downsides of dental implants?
The main drawback is that this is a more expensive approach to tooth replacement. Other disadvantages include having to undergo surgery again if a replacement is needed in the future, it does take longer than other procedures, and there is a set of requirements that must be met to make this a solid option.
What is the cheapest way to replace a tooth?
Usually a crown, partial, or set of dentures are the most cost-effective approaches to replace a tooth since the procedures are less extensive than implants. If you want a long-term solution that is a lot more durable, implants are the best way to go despite their higher price tag.
Will dental implants look like my natural teeth?
Yes, and they’re the most natural-looking option. All implants are custom and designed to blend in flawlessly with your natural smile.
Who can undergo dental implant treatment?
If you have bone that the implants can fuse to (or can undergo a bone graft), have healthy oral tissues, and have one or more missing teeth, you can get a dental implant. Of course, the final decision will rest with your dentist, but the initial consultation will help determine whether this is a viable option.
Why Do Dental Implants Cost So Much?
Here we are going to breakdown why dental implants can cost so much, so that you know the amount of work involved, and why your dentist is more than likely not trying to pull one over you.
- CT Scan or X-ray: A scan may be required prior to your dental implant placement. Some dentists will charge you for the scan as it does take time to look at and determine a proper treatment plan for each and every patient. The scan or the x-ray will serve as a foundation or blueprint to where exactly the dental implant will be place, and if their will be any additional procedures that will be required. At Best Dental, your scan will be read for free.
- Teeth Extractions: The areas where implants need to be placed may require the associated teeth to be removed first. The will raise the costs of your treatment for each subsequent tooth that needs to be removed.
- Bone Grafting: There is also a charge if a procedure called a bone graft will be needed. A bone graft is either artificial bone that is added to the site where the implant will be placed, or when your own bone tissue is harvested and placed in the area where the dental implants will be placed. If not enough bone tissue is present, a dental implant cannot be placed and a dental bridge may be recommended. The costs of this can vary and will be explained to you in great detail during your consultation appointment with Dr. Jasmine.
- Cost of Materials: The cost of acquiring all the materials necessary to complete your work is quite steep. The implant and all its parts can cost quite a bit, especially if those parts are made in the United States. At Best Dental, we use all U.S. made parts.
- Lab Costs:The lab who will process your final abutment, and crown will charge your dentist quite a bit of money to make those parts.
These are the major expenses that are accrued by your dentist during your dental implant treatment. Each phase of the treatment has its own costs, which is why dental implants can be quite pricey.
Please give our office a call to set up a consultation visit with Dr. Jasmine Naderi if you are in need of a Dental Implant. Our Houston dental office has helped so many residents regain their function and their confidence with dental implants. You can also request an appointment by filling our your information, and one of our patient care coordinators will contact you within 24 hours. You may also schedule online.
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