Health

How Can You Save Money on Dental Implants

By Daniel Tremblay - March 26, 2018

You didn’t brush, did you? And flossing? Forget about it. You tried once, and it didn’t take, and now four out of five dentists are gravely disappointed in you. The fifth one can’t even look at you, because of the unsightly gap where your canine used to be. And she’s not the only one who can’t look at you. When’s the last time you made eye contact with the mirror?

Okay, perhaps this is a little over the top, but the fact is we simply do not take good enough care of our teeth. But according to a recent study from the University of Michigan, one out of three middle-aged Americans is in either pain, missing work or school, or feeling embarrassed because of their teeth.

The study also argues that 40 percent of baby boomers do not get regular cleanings in order to prevent dental health issues. Furthermore, those with lower incomes, minorities, men and the uninsured are more likely to ignore tooth care. Factor in insurance issues and other healthcare challenges, and dental care is a national issue.

TRUE COSTS

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So, how do you correct dental damage without damaging your bank account?  

We tend to know very little about the cost of dental care. It’s like visiting the mechanic; we’re at the will of the experts. How much do implants cost per tooth? What’s the cost of full dental implants? Where does one find affordable dental implants? Is the cost per tooth? Are there concerns about low cost dental implants?

Dental repair has come a long way from the nightmare of our youth. Surgery is now faster, more efficient, and more affordable than it used to be, but affordable dental implants still require some research. A full series of dental implant procedures in the US costs about $4250 for abutment and jaw implant. However, the cost of an implant can range anywhere from $3000 to $6000 depending on your dentist. This includes dental implant surgery and associated costs (consultation, prescriptions etc.), but depending on the severity of your tooth issue, your bill may end up even higher.

AFFORDABLE OPTIONS

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As for options, there are essentially two dental implant choices:

Endosteal implants: The most common dental implant, these dental implants are placed directly in the jawbone like small screws, cylinders or plates.

Subperiosteal implants: Placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone and used for patients with a shallow jawbone.

For some, bridges and dentures are an option but dental implants look and feel better, and are a better investment. Plus, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the missing tooth. With dental implants, no adjacent teeth are involved.

Dental implants require healthy gums and bone, and a commitment to post-surgery care. While dental implants tend to be more expensive than other tooth replacement options, and while insurance carriers cover only 10 percent or less, it’s a better long-term investment in your smile.