Questions about the Dental Implant
The Dental implant has changed the way that dentistry is done, at least up to a certain point. One might ask, which point is that? It all boils down to cost.
Dental implants have taken the place of all manner of dental hardware, up to and including dentures, in the past couple of decades. This is because in almost every aspect, in almost every patient, the dental implant is superior for fit, looks, longevity, and performance. There have even been developments recently that have made the implants less invasive to insert, a lesser procedure over what has traditionally been done. Implants can be used in almost every size and shape of tooth space or socket, to anchor almost any type of hardware or crown, and to accommodate the anatomy of almost everyone. In fact, patients must have pretty advanced jaw bone loss or have greater general health concerns to not be a viable candidate for implant use.
Dental surgery is still necessary to place the dental implants. This is not the only factor that impacts the cost of dental implants, but it is a major one. It may help to understand the structure of a standard implant, and some of the most common options that are available for use with them. Titanium was discovered to actually cause bone tissue to bond to it a few decades ago. This particular discovery had lead to incredible innovation in all sorts of orthopedic applications, but has triggered a renaissance in the field of dentistry. This bonding of titanium is the basis for implants, as the tiny implant “sockets” are made of textured titanium and are designed to knit right into the bone of the upper and lower jaws. Hardware, sometimes a simple crown, but can include bridges and dentures, is mounted onto a tiny screw that sockets into the implant. The incision necessary for this process, and the healing time, have decreased as the hardware has evolved, but the basic procedure remains the same.
Many times, even if a dental implant is the most logical and cost effective option over the long term, the upfront cost can make the procedure unattainable for some patients. There is always some variability in the cost from patient to patient for any dental procedure due to the customized nature of each procedure. Additionally, the modern dentist has more than 2000 different dental implants and abutments available as options for all manner of different situations and needs. On the whole, though, the national average for a dental implant is about $4000 per tooth. This cost is higher on the coasts due to cost of living/operating a dental practice is generally higher in those areas. Dr. Yanni offers competitive prices for the dental implant as well as all other dental services, and offers excellent general and cosmetic dentistry to enhance the dental implantation and keep a patient’s smile healthy in the long term.