The cost of dental implants.
In some situations today, we still pay for these services according to the number of implants used. Dentistry, however, has realized that the number of implants used for a given restoration is most important in terms of the success of the restoration, not the overall fee and we have begun to start charging patients according to the complexity of the overall procedure. It is certainly much more cost effective when the same dentist both places and restores a patient’s dentition, but this is not always possible. In the future, as dental implants are incorporated into the scope of general practice, implants will be not only much more widespread in their use, but much more cost effective for the patients.
As with many surgical procedures, dental implant fees will vary from doctor to doctor. Frequently, a more experienced implant dentist will charge higher fees. Each individual implant dentist will be able to quote you his fees.
It is important to remember that there are three components to a tooth being restored by an implant dentist, and each component has its own fee structure:
First, there is the cost of the implant surgical procedure itself
Next, there is the cost of the post (also called an abutment), which is placed on the healed implant
Last, there is the cost of the crown, which is the tooth placed on top of the post
Remember, there can be multiple implants and multiple crowns
There may be other costs as well; for instance, the use of synthetic bone material during surgery might be an added fee.
Find out if financing is available. Many offices participate in a plan, which allows a qualified patient to finance up to 100% of the cost of the procedures!
Ask your implant dentist to explain in detail what all the costs will be, and be sure to understand what fees you will be paying for each particular procedure. There should never be any financial surprises once a commitment to your treatment has begun.