The cost of dental implants will vary among doctors, as with anything else, but we all want the best we can get for what we can afford. Making the decision to go with the lowest bidder, just because of price, may not be the best way to go. Seek out a dentist who is competent in his trade and has received good reviews. Check out references and see how others feel about their results.

Basic dental implant fees range from $1,250 to $3,000 per tooth and of course the cost goes up from there, depending on what else is needed. Many dental offices offer dental implant financing, some up to 100% financing, so make sure to consider this when thinking about the cost of dental implants.

The first step to dental implants is discussing options available to you with your dentist. During your consultation, a dental history will be taken. You will then need to have x-rays and an oral exam, after which the dentist will decide if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Dr. Nahel Yanni, with the Dental Group of East Brunswick in New Jersey, provides a full range of services to his patients, including sedation dentistry, general and pediatric dentistry, and specializes in dental implants, orthodontics, and restorative procedures.

There is a lot involved that affects the cost of dental implants, and it may require more than one procedure. The surgery to replace missing or damaged teeth results in a new, lifelong root structure in the jaw to hold the prosthetic teeth, and involves implanting metal, screw-like posts which take the place of the tooth root to which the new artificial teeth are attached. The surgical implantation usually takes place right in the office with a local anesthetic. Ultimately, the new teeth look and feel like your own and function like your real teeth.

When reflecting on the cost of dental implants, take into account that a whole team of professionals is involved and may include dentists who fashion and fit artificial teeth (prosthodontists) and dentists who specialize in treating structures that support the teeth, such as bones and gums (periodontists). Other costs include the surgical procedure, the post which is placed on the healed implant, and the crown (tooth) that is placed on the post. If synthetic bone replacement has to be done during surgery, that will be an extra added cost as well.

Keep in mind that dental implants are a great substitute for burdensome dentures or bridges that may not fit well. So, put your money where your mouth is and change your life. Whatever the cost of dental implants, you will feel like a new person with that bright, beautiful smile!