Dental implants can be a long-term and cost-effective method of replacing missing teeth, but they can be expensive. Cambie Village Dental discusses a portion of the costs associated with dental implants in this blog post.
Why Choose Dental Implants
Replacing missing teeth has numerous advantages. Speaking and chewing can become more difficult when teeth are missing. They may also cause nearby teeth to shift out of place, contributing to facial collapse caused by jaw bone loss. Another thing to think about is how to make your smile look better.
When considering your options for replacing a missing tooth or missing teeth, you may wish to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. However, the cost can be an important factor when making decisions for your dental treatment.
One of the reasons dental implants typically come with a higher price tag is that they can be long-lasting. With proper care, dental implants can last 25 years or more.
What are the cost considerations of dental implants?
Dental implant prices are primarily influenced by the dentist's training and experience, the quality of the implant-making materials, surgical procedures, and the custom fabrication process needed for implantation.
The artificial abutment and artificial crown, the two major components of your dental implant, are created by a technician. Because it must withstand years of consistent use and wear, this premium material is expensive. In your smile, your new prosthetic tooth, abutment, and root should all fit and function perfectly.
Your dentist will examine your mouth and take X-rays prior to starting your dental implant procedure to determine how the implant should be made and attached. Usually, the price of these diagnostic procedures is covered by the overall price of your implants.
The Dental Implants Procedure
Typically, dental implant surgery is divided into two stages. To replace the missing tooth's root, your dentist will first insert an artificial tooth root (a tiny titanium screw) just below the gum line. As it heals, the "root" will eventually connect to your jawbone.
Before moving on to the next step, your mouth must heal for 3 to 6 months after implant surgery. The abutment and restoration (artificial tooth) can be added once you've finished healing.
This abutment, which is typically made of titanium or ceramic material, connects and secures the restoration of the dental implant. The abutment is then attached to the restoration.
Some dental patients may require extra attention to prepare their mouths for implant surgery and ensure a successful outcome. Several hygiene procedures and, in some cases, a bone graft are required to prepare the jawbone for the implant.
The dentists at Cambie Village Dental try to make sure that patients get the most value out of their investment in dental implants. Ask us what steps you should take to make sure your dental implant is successful.