When faced with missing teeth, the options for replacement may be overwhelming, especially when you break down the cost of each option. Dr. Pamela Doray, a leading reconstructive dentist in Philadelphia, recommends dental implants to her patients who have missing or damaged teeth.
The initial cost of dental implants may be more than other tooth replacement options such as dentures and dental bridges. Dental implants offer a patient more than other dental restorations though. Dental implants are a long-term investment in your overall well-being and oral health and may help to prevent the need for further advanced dental care. Dental implants offer a permanent solution for missing teeth and often require no future maintenance costs. No other missing teeth solution will compare to dental implants.
Dentures and dental bridges cost significantly less than dental implants up front, especially if you are replacing multiple missing teeth. But they will also need replaced, realigned, or rebased over time. This cost can add up depending on the wear and tear. Dental implants cost more but are a permanent solution. If cared for properly, they will last forever.
The Cost of Doing Nothing
Avoiding tooth replacement because of treatment cost often leads to more expensive treatment down the road and decreased quality of life. The longer you put off getting dental implants, the more likely you are to need additional procedures that can increase total cost. If missing teeth are not replaced, it will have a domino effect on your oral health, slowly leading to changes that affect the health of the gums, teeth and fit of the bite.
The Cost of Dental Implant
The total cost of getting your teeth replaced with dental implants can vary widely ($2,000-$34,000), depending on several key factors. The number and size of dental implants and where they are located are the biggest determining factors. Also, many people will need additional treatments that will impact the total cost. These treatments can include bone grafting, periodontal treatments, or teeth extractions.
Payments and Insurance
If you have dental insurance, we will work with you to assure you receive the maximum benefits according to the terms of your plan for your dental implants. Please keep in mind, dental benefits help defray the cost of basic dental care, but even with insurance there most likely will be out-of-pocket expenses, especially for dental implants. Most dental insurance benefits do not cover advanced restorative procedures like dental implants. Some dental insurance plans will partially cover the dental fabrication such as the dental crown, dental bridge or the denture. At your consultation, we will do our best to get you an estimated cost. Ultimately, it is up to you to know what your dental insurance will cover.
For your convenience, our Philadelphia dentist office accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards. Dr. Doray offers two dental payment plans designed specifically restorative dental needs such as dental implants. They are CareCredit and Lending Club. Dr. Doray’s helpful office staff can help you figure out which method of payment will work best for you.