When patients who suffer from tooth loss come to us seeking a restorative treatment, Dr. John Goodman will often recommend dental implants because of the superior benefits that they offer. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically embedded in the jawbone (where it functions similar to a natural tooth's roots). These posts can support a crown, bridge, or denture in the mouth. Because they replace the entire structure of a tooth, from root to crown, dental implants are widely considered to be the finest restorative option available. Many patients are interested in this treatment option, but have questions about the total cost of dental implants. When you come to see us at our Kansas City, MO, practice, Dr. Goodman will carefully explain all of the different factors that can affect the price of your treatment. If you are missing teeth and would like to learn more about implants or other restorative treatments, please contact our office to make an appointment with Dr. Goodman.
A Closer Look at the Dental Implant Procedure
When you come in to our office for your initial consultation with Dr. Goodman, he will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and begin planning your treatment. It is important that you are in good general health and your mouth is free from periodontal disease before undergoing surgery.
Some patients may require a bone grafting procedure, such as a ridge augmentation or a sinus lift, to build up enough dense, healthy tissue to provide support for the dental implant. When all preparatory treatments have been completed, we can schedule your procedure.
On the day of your procedure, Dr. Goodman will make an incision in the gums to allow him access to the jawbone. He will then embed the titanium post within the underlying bone and close the soft tissue with sutures. The implants will be allowed to heal and integrate with the bone for three to six months. When the incision site has healed and the implants have formed a strong foundation, Dr. Goodman will attach your custom restoration to the titanium post with an abutment.
Factors Affecting the Total Cost of Dental Implants
Because each patient's needs are different, each treatment plan will be customized for that individual. Some factors that will affect the total cost of your care include:
- Prerequisite procedures - Any procedures that are required to prepare your mouth for surgery can increase the total treatment cost.
- The number and type of implants - Surgeries requiring multiple implants will cost more, and certain types of titanium posts can have a higher price than others.
- Type of restoration - Dental crowns, bridges, and dentures secured by implants have varying costs.
- Type of materials - Restorations can be created from many different materials and those made from porcelain or zirconia will typically cost more. However, many patients prefer these prosthetics because of their highly aesthetic appeal.
Investing in Your Smile
Although restoring your smile with dental implants typically costs more upfront than other treatments, most patients feel that their investment was well spent. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime. Although your restorations may need to be replaced, once implants have integrated with the jaw, they are considered permanent. Implants also stimulate the jawbone, a unique benefit which can help preserve your overall oral health and a youthful appearance.
Learn More During a Consultation
If you are missing teeth and would like more information about dental implants, including benefits and your candidacy, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goodman.