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Dental Implants Cost Explained

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If you want to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, what sort of investment can you expect?

Typically one dental implant will cost several thousand dollars. This cost includes the surgery for implant placement, the implant itself and the implant crown. If you require additional procedures before the implant, such as a bone graft in the case where there isn't enough bone present, additional costs may be involved.

What Influences This Cost

How much a dental implant costs depends on a variety of factors that include geographical location, the qualifications and experience of the dentist, and the type of implant used. Before consenting to treatment, fully discuss with your dentist all of the available treatment options for your circumstance and ask for an estimate of the costs involved.

Insurance Coverage

Dental insurance doesn't usually cover implants because most insurance companies consider implants as an elective procedure. However, insurance policies may cover the implant crown, so be sure to talk to your insurance provider to learn what is and isn't covered. Keep in mind if the cause of your tooth loss was an accident or disease, your health insurance policy may actually assist with some of the cost of an implant.

Of course, ask your dentist about financing plans as well. And after your implant, follow their instructions for home care. Future costs may include purchasing a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging the implant when brushing.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.