Dental implants are the only long term solution for missing teeth. They are more like natural teeth than any of the other available options. The majority of people who inquire about teeth implants often ask about the cost. It is almost impossible to give an estimate for an implant supported restoration without a full examination and review of medical history. Every patient will have their own circumstances which will dictate the total cost of dental implants.
Dr. Melissa Elliott is a Fallston, MD dentist that offers quality teeth implants. She wants her patients to understand the factors that determine the cost of dental implants.
The Cost of Dental Implants
To give her patients an accurate estimate, Dr. Elliott recommends scheduling a consultation. Here, she will thoroughly examine your teeth and oral health taking note of the number of missing or damaged teeth, the location of the missing or damaged teeth and the current state of their oral health. All of this will help determine what treatments, procedures and material are needed. The following are factors that will contribute to the total cost:
- Pre-treatment- Many times, pretreatments will be needed before implants can placed in the mouth. This includes treatment for gum disease, bone grafting for patients who lack enough bone structure to support the implant posts and extraction for damaged or decayed teeth. While extra treatments will increase the total cost of your implants, it is important to place them in a healthy mouth to ensure their success.
- Type of implants- There are a few different types of implants available. The most common material used is titanium. Implants also come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate different locations along an arch. During the consultation, Dr. Elliott will determine which type of implant post will be used.
- Number of implants needed- The number of implants that will be surgically placed is determined by the number of missing teeth, their location and the type of restoration needed. The more implants that will be placed, the more it will cost.
- Type of dental restoration- The number and location of missing teeth will determine the type restoration being attached to the implants. For a single missing tooth, we will use a dental crown. For multiple missing teeth, we will use a dental bridge, partial denture or full denture.
Dental Insurance and Payment Options
Dental implants can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars. The dental staff at Harford County Dentistry in Fallston, MD understand that this cost can be overwhelming. We are here to help you at every step along the way. While most dental insurance plans do not cover dental implants, they may cover a portion of the restoration. We will file your claim to help you maximize your benefits. We conveniently offer many forms of payments including cash, check, major credit cards and FSA/HSA dollars. Dr. Elliott also offers financing through CareCredit for patients that qualify. They offer low or no interest monthly payments that will help cover the cost of dental implants.