If you have any missing teeth, or are in need of an extraction, dental implants are often an excellent solution. However, many patients are concerned about their cost and whether insurance will help cover them.
Dental implants are complex. They have the potential to serve you well for decades to come. But as with any surgical procedure, there is a great deal of training that goes into being able to place them properly. Dr. Brito has completed extensive training in this area. He and his team are well-equipped to successfully restore your missing tooth with a dental implant. It is important to us that all patients understand what fees are associated with this process, and that they get all of their questions answered ahead of time.
What Goes Into the Implant Process
When we are talking about fees associated with dental implants, we want to make sure our patients understand that the implant itself has a cost, as does whatever restorative measure we are taking to replace that missing tooth or teeth.
- For example, if you have one missing tooth, you will need one implant and one crown.
- If you have several missing teeth, and we are creating an implant-supported bridge, you will have two implants and a bridge that replaces all three of the missing teeth.
- If you are looking at an implant-supported denture (often termed all-on-4 or all-on-6), you will most likely need four to six implants (per arch), plus the prosthetic denture.
Cost of Implants
The cost of dental implants will vary widely depending on various factors. For this reason, here at Brito Family Dental we reccomend coming in for a free consultation. At that consult with Dr. Brito and his staff your particular case can be reviewed, imaging taken, and exact costs and options worked out.
In reality a better way to think of costs is in terms of your long-term health. While implants may be more expensive than other options (dentures, bridges, simple extraction), implants will last significantly longer than any other procedure. Implants also prevent bone loss in the jaw that is inevitable with dentures or leaving empty spaces. Your costly implant is an investment in your future health and typically will pay for itself in preventing the need for further dental work down the road.
Dental Insurance and Implants
Dental insurance on implants varies greatly by insurance provider and by the employer. Since employers are able to customize the amount of coverage they want to offer, it is important to review your specific policy for details on what your insurance will and will not cover. We are also happy to help by contacting your insurance company and requesting those details on your behalf. Many insurance policies to provide some amount of coverage for implants, though usually only for about 50% of the cost, up to but not exceeding your total insurance allowable for the year.