Understanding Dental Implant Cost
From supporting restorations for a lifetime to halting jawbone deterioration, dental implants provide an incredible number of benefits to patients with missing teeth. Given how attractive dental implants are both in terms of stability and long-term benefit, you may be considering them but have understandable concerns about the cost of treatment. There are several factors that determine your dental implant cost, all of which Dr. Eric B. Fisher can review during your implant consultation at his Plainview, NY, office. Regardless of your situation, Dr. Fisher makes every effort possible to allow his patients to receive the treatments they need in an affordable fashion.
Investing in Your Health & Confidence
Patients often choose to receive dental implants when they weigh the cost and benefits of the procedure, determining that it is well worth the investment in their overall oral health. Dental implants support restorations unlike any other technology, allowing patients to eat, speak, and laugh without worrying that their dentures will slip out of place.
When tooth roots are missing for an extended period of time, the surrounding bone cells begin to degenerate due to a lack of stimulation. This can cause changes in your facial appearance since your cheeks, jawline, and lips no longer have the same underlying structure to support them. Dental implants can help patients avoid this change in appearance by mimicking the function of a tooth root and sending the regenerative signals necessary to stimulate the bone cells. By choosing to receive dental implants, not only are you restoring your smile, but you are also investing in your future oral health and appearance.
Dr. Fisher believes every patient should have access to the best in dental care and will work to find a solution within your budget.
Number of Implants & Case Complexity
Every dental implant procedure is customized to the individual, and as such, total treatment expenses vary from patient to patient. The single factor that affects cost the most is the number of implants being placed. A patient requiring one dental implant topped with one dental crown will pay less than a patient needing multiple dental implants to retain a full denture.
Similarly, a patient who has a straightforward surgical plan affecting a smaller surgical area will have lower overall cost for their procedure compared to a patient with complex and extensive surgical needs. Generally speaking, the larger the area treated and the greater amount of surgical dexterity required, the higher the costs.
Type of Sedation
Some patients may require only a local anesthetic and nitrous oxide for their procedure. This is typically the case for patients who need a minimal number of implants placed and who do not have anxiety about undergoing dental surgery. Patients who are receiving more extensive surgery or who have a phobia about the procedure may need a combination of oral and nitrous oxide, or even intravenous (IV) sedation. Oral medications would have a modest increase in sedation-related expense, while IV sedation would constitute a bigger bump in price.
Another major component that affects price is whether a patient needs a preparatory procedure before undergoing dental implant surgery. Candidates for dental implants require sufficient jawbone tissue for implant integration. When patients do not have sufficient tissue to support an implant, a bone graft or a sinus lift can increase the tissue in the jawbone, making dental implants possible. Dr. Fisher can determine whether you will need one of these preparatory procedures prior to receiving dental implants. Your total cost will be more if it is determined that you do.
Invest in Your Oral Health
Backed with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Fisher can perform dental implants treatment that is optimally safe and comfortable while delivering a healthy, attractive smile. He believes every patient should have access to the best in dental care and will work to find a solution within your budget. To find out more about the costs associated with your dental implant procedure, contact our practice online today or call (516) 942-4440 to schedule your appointment.