Cost of Dental Implants: Budgeting for a Healthy New Smile
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Budgeting for a Healthy New Smile
The cost of dental implants depends on the number and type of implants you require, any preparatory procedures needed, and the type of restoration used to complete your treatment. Dr. Timothy P. Walsh and Dr. Gail J. Vittori can explain the cost of dental implants during a consultation at their Berwyn and Westmont, Illinois practices. If you are suffering from tooth loss, dental implants can provide a dramatic improvement in your quality of life. One of our doctors can recommend a treatment plan to fully restore the health, comfort and appearance of your smile, and coordinate a financing plan to place the cost of a fully rehabilitated smile within your budget.Schedule Your Implant Consultation
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What to Expect During Your Consultation
When you sit down with Dr. Walsh or Dr. Vittori for a consultation, you will undergo a thorough examination to determine your candidacy for implants and your oral health needs. One of the first things the doctor will determine is whether any restorative dentistry procedures are needed before dental implants can be placed. Many patients with periodontal issues or low jawbone density, for example, will need to have these addressed in order to ensure the long-term success of dental implants. These procedures will increase the overall cost of treatment.
Next, you and your surgeon will determine where your dental implants will be placed, and how many you will need. In general, the greater number of implants you require, the more your treatment will cost. To restore more than one tooth, dental implants must be strategically placed to provide an even bite and a secure fit. Those looking to replace an entire upper or lower dental arch should consider All-on-4 dental implants placed by Dr. Walsh or Dr. Vittori. This treatment uses just four implants to support a full denture, which can be an economical and effective approach for many patients.
Dr. Walsh or Dr. Vittori can help you choose which implant method is best for your needs. If you receive traditional implants, you will need to wait approximately six to nine months for osseointegration to occur. During this process, the surrounding bone cells attach themselves to the implant surface. Those looking for alternatives to a lengthy recovery should ask one of our doctors about Teeth-in-a-Day, a treatment in which the implant and the restoration are placed on the same day.
Any follow-up visits with your surgeon, as well as the placement of your dental implant restorations, will be factored into the final treatment cost
Cost of Additional Procedures
If you have been missing teeth for an extended period of time, you may have experienced some atrophy in your jaw bone. Some patients may need to undergo a bone graft procedure to restore lost bone tissue before being approved for dental implants. Others may require a sinus lift, which augments the upper jaw to prevent damage to the soft tissues of the sinuses. For some patients, these procedures are essential to the success and longevity of dental implants, but will require additional visits and an extended recovery time. The surgery, as well as any follow-up visits and related care, will have an effect on the total cost of dental implants.
The restorations you and your dentist decide to place on your new dental implants will have a significant impact on total treatment cost. Dental porcelain and zirconium are the two main options offered by most dentists, and come with their own unique advantages and costs. The size of your restoration, whether it is just a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a full denture, will also have an impact on your cost.
Dental implants can provide many benefits, but they are not usually covered by insurance. While your plan may contribute to some aspects of your treatment scope, such as basic restoration options and preliminary periodontal care, it probably will not cover the entire cost. Our doctors will work with you to create a CareCredit financing plan that allows you to make manageable monthly payments as you enjoy the vast benefits of chewing, speaking, and smiling with total confidence.
With proper care, implants can last a lifetime, making the treatment a worthwhile investment in your oral health. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Walsh or Dr. Vittori and discuss the cost of your dental implant treatment, contact our office today.