“I have put off getting my dental care for so long, I feel embarrassed and ashamed of what I have done. I have let my teeth and dental health go because I am afraid of the dentist and, quite honestly, dentistry is expensive and I don’t think we can afford to get my teeth fixed right now with everything else that we have going on.”
We hear this type of story over and over here at Sterling Dental Center. If this is your story, or the story of a loved one, you know the shame and embarrassment that burdens someone with poor dental health.
Fortunately, with advancements in today’s dental technology and improvements in dental diagnostics, dentistry is more predictable and comfortable than ever before. While we cannot change your past dental experiences or neglect, we can create a new positive experience and give you the smile of you deserve. Dental implants are just one option we offer at your Sterling dentist.
Patients have A LOT of questions about dental implants and rightly so; they are a popular dental procedure that has been around for decades, but in the past 10 years have grown in popularity and reliability thanks to recent advances.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws that are designed to adhere to the bone in your jaw and act to replace your natural tooth root system. They are used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth or a whole arch of teeth. The reason you would need a dental implant would be:
- Tooth Decay
- Root canal that failed and now the tooth needs to be extracted.
- Gum disease has caused the supporting bone to erode.
- Excessive wear from grinding or use
- Trauma to the mouth or jaw.
- Open spaces because teeth never grew in.
- Infected or cracked tooth that needs to be extracted.
Once a person knows that they need a dental implant, the very next question is "How much do they cost?". I will cover that in detail in my next post.
Who needs dental implants?
Dear Dr. Bursich. I am so glad that I found your office. Before I came to your office I was very frustrated with my teeth. I have spent countless hours looking for a dentist I can trust and feel comfortable trusting with my dental care. When I was searching online I found your website. I watched your short video and you seemed genuine so I figured I would give you a try. When I met you and your staff I knew right away I was in the right place.
Missing a single tooth.
If you are missing a tooth you are a candidate for a dental implant. Your other options are as follows, doing nothing, a removable partial denture, a fix bridge or a dental implant.
I will give you the pros and cons of all of your treatment options.
Doing nothing to replace your missing tooth.
Pros, costs you nothing. Cons, bone will recess and other teeth may shift over time. Not ideal function or aesthetics.
Removable Partial Denture.
The pros are it is the least costly tooth replacement method, takes 3 visits has moderate function and good aesthetics. The cons are your partial denture needs to be removed at night for cleaning, not very sexy.
They can be uncomfortable and they do not prevent bone atrophy (a wasting or decreasing in size of your jaw bone).
A bridge is a false tooth that is supported by two health teeth. A bridge can replace one or multiple teeth.
The pros of a fixed bridge is that it is fixed and not removable. If well cared for and done properly it can last 5-15 years. It is quick, can be done in two appointments over 2-3 weeks. It is it can be made to match aesthetics of your existing teeth and functions like your natural teeth.
The biggest con is that it grinds down two healthy teeth to be used as support. This is not necessary with an implant. The cost is around $3000 depending on insurance coverage and other factors.
A dental implant is a fixed titanium screw used to replace the tooth root system. A prosthetic tooth is placed on top of the implant. The pros of an implant are that bone loss is comparable to your natural teeth. Aesthetics and function is virtually the same as your natural teeth. The main benefit over a bridge is there is no need to destroy two healthy teeth for support. There are many benefits over a partial denture and doing nothing if cost is not the main concern.
The con is that dental implant process can be 3 appointments over a period f 4-6 months. The cost is 3-4k and will take more time and money if bone loss has already occurred. So the sooner the less costly.
The Truth about Dental Implants Part 3
Dental Implants are truly the most desirable solution for replacing one or many teeth. Dental implants can function, look and feel like your natural teeth.
Dental implants, because of cost of dental implants, custom abutments, extra dental lab fees to attach the prosthesis to the crown, the procedure can be a little more costly than bridges or dentures.
Once a patient knows they are a candidate for dental implants, the very next question is: How much do they cost?
So I will give you the breakdown of what you can expect to pay for a dental implant and related procedures.
Single implant only $1000-$3000
Abutment and Crown $500-$3000
Average total Cost $4250.00
2-6 Implants with Dental Bridge $3500-$30000 for each arch.
Top and Bottom Implant Supported Dentures
$5000-$35000 each arch.
The biggest variable in cost has to do with the amount of bone that a patient has to place the implants. The only way this can be determined is by having a dentist look at a panoramic x-ray, a 3D scan of your jaw and a physical examination would be best.
The other variable is the experience and geographic location of the dentist. A dentist that has been placing implants for many years, located in Manhattan could charge more than a dentist that just graduated 3 years ago in rural Kentucky.
Since making the decision about whether or not to get dental implants, it would be best to choose a dentist that you trust and has a good reputation.
This is why I offer a complimentary dental implant consultation to all existing or new patients. We now have a Digital 3D CT machine in the office as well to get the highest accuracy for placing implants. Please feel free to call or stop by if you have any questions.
- Failing bridges.
- Replacing all your teeth.
- Floppy or loose dentures.
- How does the process work?
- What are the benefits of dental implants over other procedures?
- What are the downside of getting dental implants?
- How long does the process take?
- Is it painful?
- How much does it cost?
- Do I need to see a specialist?