Considering the Cost of Dental Implants
Our charges for dental implants and bone grafting procedures are in compliance with the ADA National Fee Schedule for our zip code and we have no plans to raise our fees. A common sense approach to dental economics will allow people to afford advances in dentistry, such as implants, that have proven to be successful in the long term. Instead of being part of the “inflation” problem, we have to make an honest effort to be part of the solution.
Dental implants have been available for several decades and it is the strongest foundation for tooth replacement in dentistry. When considering the cost of dental implants and comparing quotes, consider the following:
When comparing the cost of dental implants to other tooth replacement methods such as dentures and bridges, it is important to take into consideration the longevity offered by dental implants that is not always afforded by other, more traditional methods.
While dentures and bridges are initially less expensive, their affordability can be short-lived. Because these older methods require repair and replacement every 5-10 years, they are often more expensive over time. By contrast, dental implants, when placed by an experienced surgeon, restored back into bite balance and properly cared for by you, they last a lifetime.
Jaw Bone Health
Over time when a tooth is missing, the jaw bone deteriorates. Dentures and bridges do not stimulate jaw bone function.
On the other hand, dental implants are made of medical grade, bio-compatible titanium, which actually integrates with the jaw bone, strengthening it and stimulating bone growth by titanium’s ability to flex in a microscopic manner. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the mouth, lessening problems in the future.
You are able to maintain a youthful look by preserving facial bone volume instead of withering it away as depicted by the traditional denture wearer look.
Quality of Life
Dental implants can be seen as a long-term investment not only in terms of money, but also in terms of quality of life. A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth root.
In addition to allowing the patient to eat the same healthy foods he or she has always enjoyed, it also eliminates the embarrassment that are frequently caused by dentures such as slippage, slurring, cleaning hassles and professional & social acceptance.
Most people focus on the front teeth when they are lost, but the back teeth are very important in your function in chewing and stress distribution. Without these larger molars, you risk placing greater stress on your smaller, weaker front teeth, which will crack and break eventually.
Comparing Dental Implant Quotes
There are a few steps involved in the placement of a dental implant. When comparing quotes, it’s important to factor in the cost of each of these steps:
- Exams + X-ray
- Tooth/root extraction (done by the surgeon)
- Bone grafting (if necessary) (done by the surgeon)
- Placement of the dental implant (done by the surgeon)
- Placement of the custom abutment (connection between implant and crown done by the dentist)
- Placement of the custom crown (done by the dentist)
Experience of the surgeon placing the implant must be strongly considered. Drs Hullett have received several years specific surgical training for implant placement and bone grafting techniques rather than taking a weekend course. They have placed implants for over 15 years. They review your HISTORY of oral hygiene, bruxing, clenching, smoking, etc, consider why you have lost your natural tooth in the first place, consider the type of implant that will grant you the best success, and are strictly adherent to physiologic rules that will not compromise your success.
Financing for Dental Implants
At your consult visit, we will check your benefits on your behalf. Please also check with your dental insurance carrier to see what portion, if any, of dental implants they cover. You will receive a clear and concise treatment plan for your review.
There are health care credit companies that offer no-interest and low-interest loans for medical procedures including dental implants, such as Care Credit or Lending Club. Please call our office so we may assist you in this process.
Dental Implants are an investment in your health as well as your appearance and speech. A full set of teeth makes eating a pleasure again, making it easier to eat a balanced, healthy diet. A full set of teeth also preserves the contours of the face, maintaining a harmonious appearance and preventing premature aging.
Schedule Your Consultation
The only way to receive an accurate price quote is to call us and come in for a consultation, and we can give you the specific cost for your case. Please call us at Houston Office Phone Number 713-439-7575 to schedule your consultation.