Dental implants are much more comfortable than dentures. They’re easier to adjust to than dentures as well. Not to mention, they look more natural. For these reasons and various others, they cost more than a pair of dentures. However, at Great Smiles Family Dentistry, we offer affordable dental implants and help you determine the most cost-efficient option for you.
What Is the Average Cost of Dental Implants?
Generally, you can expect to pay between $1,000 to $3,000 for one dental implant. The price increases based on the number of dental implants you need. On average, you can expect to pay between $3,000 to $30,000, but we try to limit the amount we charge for dental implants as much as possible, giving more people access to a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
You must keep in mind, you’re not only paying for the hardware to attach the tooth as well as the implant, but you’re also paying for the diagnostics, precision, and labor associated with the procedure. This is why the cost may seem a bit high. We, however, provide discounts and payment plans to make the cost as affordable as possible.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
One reason why dental implants are affordable is that they’re a long-term solution. Once you receive your implants, you can expect them to last 10 to 15 years. If you take excellent care of them and visit our dentist for bi-annual cleanings, you can get more than 15 years out of them. This means in many cases your dental implants will last a lifetime. With dentures, you pose the risk of losing or damaging them, which adds up in price over time if you have to replace them multiple times.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
It’s possible for dental implants to fail, but it’s not as common as it once was. In fact, it only happens in about five percent of cases, as noted by Authority Dental. In many cases, dental failure is preventable.
If you don’t take care of your teeth and gums by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist for two cleanings per year, you put yourself at risk of infection and other complications. One of the most common infections that can cause dental implant failure is peri-implantiis – an infection that affects the soft and hard tissue surrounding your implant. It can damage the bone that supports the implant.
You’re more likely to develop an infection and experience dental implant failure if you smoke.
Certain health conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis make implant failure more likely. In addition, some medications make you more vulnerable to dental implant failure.
We make sure we perform a thorough evaluation and explain any risk factors you have that could increase your risk of failure.
Will Insurance Help With the Expense of Dental Implants?
Your current dental insurance may lessen your out-of-pocket expenses for the procedure, but no matter what insurance you have, you’ll have some expense to you. Keep in mind, some policies only cover 10 percent or less while some don’t cover any portion of the procedure. In order to lessen your costs, we do routinely offer discounts and always work with our patients to create payment plans that work for their needs and budget.