Determining the Cost of Dental Implants
Many patients hesitate to pursue dental implants because they have concerns about cost. However, cost should not be a barrier to your health. Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin can walk you through the various factors affecting the cost of dental implants during a consultation at his Salt Lake City, UT office. After discussing these factors, our staff will work with you to select an appropriate financing plan so you can get the care you need to improve your oral health. It is important to keep in mind that dental implants are a highly customizable procedure. Therefore, the total cost of the procedure can vary from patient to patient.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Dental Implants
Choosing an implant surgeon should be your first consideration. The surgeon’s experience is one of the primary factors that will affect the cost of your dental implant surgery. Generally, more experienced surgeons are more expensive; however, because dental implants are a highly complex procedure, it is not recommended that patients look for the “cheapest” option. Doing so may ultimately incur more cost if the work of a less experienced professional requires additional procedures to correct. Finally, dentists quoting low estimates may not be including all of the factors involved in the procedure. As an oral surgeon, Dr. Hopkin has extensive education and has completed additional years of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training beyond dental school. In addition, he is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery which means he can be trusted to provide the highest standard of care.
Number of Implants
The number of implants you need will affect your overall costs. Patients who need just one implant to replace a single tooth will have lower costs than patients needing four or more implants to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.
Despite their expense, dental implants are the most beneficial teeth replacement solution. They are a long-term investment in both your oral and overall health.
Not all patients immediately qualify for dental implants. Some may need to have one or more teeth extracted prior to receiving implants. Others may have been without teeth for so long that they have suffered severe bone loss and need a bone graft to restore these tissues. The type and number of procedures needed to qualify for implants will impact the overall costs.
Although Dr. Hopkin does not design or place the visible crown that attaches to the implant himself, it is still a factor patients should consider when determining the cost of implants. We recommend speaking with your dentist to determine the type of restoration you will need and if you will be provided with a temporary restoration during healing. The materials used and the type of restoration can affect the overall cost of your dental implants. As a cost-saving measure, Dr. Hopkin can often convert an existing denture to attach directly to dental implants.
Financing Your Treatment
Many insurance plans only partially cover dental implant surgery, and some do not cover it at all. This means patients are left to pay for treatment out of pocket. These expenses can deter patients from seeking this beneficial treatment. To help our patients offset the cost of this procedure, we accept CareCreditTM, which is a credit card that offers promotional interest rates for various medical and dental treatments. We also offer in-house financing options to make dental implants as affordable as possible.
Despite their expense, dental implants are the most beneficial teeth replacement solution. They are a long-term investment in both your oral and overall health. To get an accurate estimate for your dental implants and to discuss financing options, call Hopkin Oral Surgery at (801) 277-3942 or contact our office today.