Types of Dental Implants
The cost of your implant treatment will depend in part on the number of implants needed to restore your smile. Common types of dental implants include:
- Single tooth – Fill the gap left by a missing tooth with a dental implant and crown.
- Multiple teeth – Replace several consecutive missing teeth with an implant-retained bridge.
- All teeth – Replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth with an implant-retained denture.
What are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
Dental implants usually require several visits to our office in Plano, with each step factoring into the final cost of treatment. First, you will meet with Dr. Blankenship or Dr. Patel for an initial consultation. If you have any oral health issues that could contribute to implant failure, such as gum disease or a weak jawbone, those issues will have to first be addressed.
Once you are ready to proceed with implant treatment, you will follow these steps:
- First Step – Your dentist will surgically place one or several dental implants in your jawbone.
- Second Step – Your implants will heal and fuse with the surrounding bone over the course of several months.
- Third Step – Your dentist will place an abutment on top of each implant, which connects the implants to a dental prosthetic.
- Final Step – Your dentist will attach your new crown, bridge or denture to your dental implant(s).
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
Although dental implants often cost more than conventional dentures or bridges, they can also last longer – a LOT longer! With proper care, dental implants can last for several decades or even longer. In contrast, bridges and dentures typically must be replaced every ten years or so. This means you can easily end up saving money in the long-term by investing in dental implants over the alternatives. In addition, implants also offer a number of benefits that other dental restorations cannot match. For example, dental implants stimulate the jawbone and prevent bone deterioration, which can help keep you looking younger for longer. When considering both the long-term results and other benefits, it is clear that dental implants are a worthwhile investment.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Unfortunately, many dental insurance plans do not provide coverage for dental implants. However, your insurance may cover the cost of related treatments, such as gum disease therapy or a bone graft.
Dental implants can still be affordable even if you do not currently have insurance. At Dental Renaissance, we are pleased to be able to connect uninsured patients with flexible low- to no- interest payment plans through CareCredit, a third-party financing organization. Ask our staff for more details!