For patients who are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can be an ideal treatment option, though they are a significant investment. Today, our Surrey dentist explains cost factors to consider.
How is the cost of my dental implants determined?
If you're thinking about treating your missing teeth, dental implants may be a good solution — if you are a candidate. Of course, any decision will be influenced by cost. Dental implants require a significant investment from both you and your dentist.
Your first question may be, 'Why do dental implants cost significantly more than other treatment options?' Today, our dentists will share cost factors for this dental treatment.
The quality of material used in the implant, the custom fabrication process, your dentist's skills and experience and surgeries required for implantation are primary elements reflected in the cost of dental implants.
This new artificial tooth root and crown will be made to fit your smile specifically and will work much like a natural tooth root. The cost will reflect the time and investment your dentist has spent acquiring the skills and education needed to fit patients with dental implants and safely perform these surgical procedures.
The Dental Implants Procedure
The two parts of your dental implant — the artificial tooth and artificial crown — are custom fabricated by an experienced dentist in Surrey, or a technician. Since this high-quality material has to stand up to daily wear and use for years, it won't be inexpensive.
Your dentist will carefully inspect your mouth and take X-rays before your surgery to determine how your implant should be constructed and attached. X-ray machines and other diagnostic equipment are also costly to acquire, operate and maintain.
The dental implant is implanted in the jawbone to serve as a replacement for a missing tooth. Patients usually take about 4 to 6 months to heal following dental implant surgery. Once complete healing has occurred, the abutment and tooth replacement (a restoration such as a dental crown or bridge), can be placed.
Some patients may need additional treatment at their Surrey dental clinic to prepare the mouth and make sure implant surgery will be successful. This often involves several hygiene treatments and potentially a bone graft procedure to strengthen the jawbone in preparation for the implant.
Our goal is always to help patients get value from their investment in every treatment, including dental implants. Your dentist can ensure your dental implant is made from materials that will last for a number of years, and that it will work as it should.