How Much do Implants Cost?

When titanium posts are embedded in the jawbone via a surgical procedure, it is called an implant. Eventually the implant fuses with bone creating a strong base on which a crown, denture or bridge can then be crafted. Implants provide a more natural feel compared to conventional dentures or bridges and are more secure fit. Since the procedure requires expertise and has to be done in stages typically, it costs significantly more than other types of teeth replacement procedures. The answer to how much do implants costs is dependent upon a number of factors.

 Types of Implants

Two types of implants are endorsed by the American Dental Association. They include endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.

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  • Endosteal implants are directly embedded into the jawbone and are the most commonly used type.
  • Subperiosteal implants make use of a metal frame that is fitted just below the gum and above the jawbone. During the healing process the frame adheres to the jawbone. The posts are attached to this frame and extend out of the gums.

The implants are available in various sizes and heights and the dentist can help to determine which are most suitable to your specific needs.

A vast majority of the doctors prefer to employ implants produced by the original Swedish manufacturer because according to studies they have a success rate of over ninety percent. However, cheaper generic versions are also available, but they have not been studied as well so the success rate is unknown.

Should You Get a Dental Implant?

The answer is Yes!!! However, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. The lucky ones who have the proper amount of bone mass in their jaws to maintain the implant root in place should take full advantage of obtaining an implant. It truly takes precedent to chose the dental implant treatment instead of opting for a bridge or an uncomfortable dental denture. As the Five-Star rated Ontario Dentist, Dr. Soraya Acevedo says to her patients,

“A dental implant is usually best long-term solution, often times lasting for life. Invest in yourself, you will see a notable improvement in your quality of life.”

 

All-on-4 Dental Implants

If most of your teeth are missing, the traditional treatments build an arch of 6 to 8 teeth. If no action is taken then there is the cost in terms of suffering and inconvenience. In a situation like this the branded All-on-4 procedure may be more cost effective. The procedure makes use of four titanium implants on which all of the upper or lower jaw is anchored. This means that all your upper or lower teeth can be replaced in one sitting, and at significantly lower costs.

How Much do Implants Cost?

The price range of implant costs varies with the amount of work needed, quality of the implant and the experience of the dentist being some of the vital factors influencing costs.

  • The price of the single implant can vary from $2,400 to $3,000, however if work like tissue graft, extraction, sinus lift is also needed, then the costs can go significantly higher.
  • Three or four bridge tooth based on two implants can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $16,000 while a full set of denture upper or lower dentures supported by implants on average costs $34,119.

 

Needless to say the exact cost can only be determined after an examination by your doctor to access how much work is needed and the quality of implants you desire. However this should not deter you from investigating and finding the lowest prices possible.

Since implants are not usually covered by dental insurance, all the more reason for you to investigate thoroughly before settling on a doctor.

 

 

Cost of Crowns

Also known as a “cap”, a crown is placed on top of a damaged tooth or to cover the gap of a missing tooth. This helps to maintain the functionality of the damaged tooth and protect it from more damage. One of the more common dental procedures, it is also fairly costly. The cost of crowns depends on several factors.

 

Factors Determining the Cost of Crowns

Many elements play a role in the final cost of a crown. First and foremost among these is the material of the dental crown.

 

  • Stainless – usually a short term solution more suitable for pediatric care.
  • Metal – may include palladium, gold alloy, nickel or chromium and are more suited for back molars, where the color difference is less noticeable. Well suited for chewing and last long. Average cost for these can range from $600-$2,500 per tooth.
  • Porcelain with Metal Fusing – Suitable for front or back teeth. Appear similar to natural teeth, but they are more prone to chipping, and at times the metal underneath can be seen along the gum line. These may range in price from $500-$1,500 for a single tooth.
  • All Ceramic – Provide better color match, good option for people allergic to metal but are not long-lasting and require greater skill and time to place compared to metal or porcelain fused. Price ranges from $800-$3,000 for a single tooth.
  • All-Resin – Most economical choice, can be color-matched, however not very durable.

 

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Other factors that affect the cost of crowns include:

 

  • the part of the country in which you live
  • experience of the dentist
  • condition and size of original tooth and how much work is needed to repair
  • position of the tooth in the mouth; molar crowns tend to be more costly than crowns on front teeth.
  • any additional procedures that may be needed (root canal, bone rafts, x-rays etc. )

 

Having dental insurance reduces the amount you will have to pay out of pocket. Depending on the type of insurance, it may cover up to 50% of the cost, provided the crown is necessary for medical purposes. However, if it is purely cosmetic in nature then the crown may not be covered at all. A number of plans put a limit on the annual coverage as well.

 

 

 

 

When is The Ideal Age for Your Child to Get Braces?

A lot of children need braces to straighten their teeth, but sometimes children get braces too early so they end up wearing the braces much longer than necessary. You don’t want to prolong the treatment if it isn’t necessary, specially since your child will begin to dread going to the dentist, and this feeling can continue well into their adult life as well.

Dentists and orthodontists sometimes disagree on when braces should be put delivered as well as taken off. Typical treatment, which involves wearing braces, ranges from 12 to 30 months. The reasons for extending the treatment plan beyond 30 months is often related to putting braces on the child too early.

Braces At a Young Age

Experts say that the most common reasons for extending the treatment plan are:

  • Braces are put on the child before all of the baby teeth have been lost and before the 12-year molars have erupted.
  • Patients failing to have extractions as needed or necessary surgical procedures performed in a timely matter after the orthodontic treatment plan has begun.
  • There are mid-course deviations from the current treatment plan.

Before braces are delivered, the child needs to have already shed all his or her baby teeth and the 12-year molars need to have erupted. This puts the plan in motion for the braces to adequately do their job and get the teeth straightened and create a perfect smile.

What would normally be a simple one-year treatment plan can drag on for as long as two years if the braces are put on teeth that still have several baby teeth left to shed or if the 12-year molars have not yet erupted. Teeth cannot be moved or bracketed unless they have erupted, so it is necessary to wait until this has occurred.

After all, it does not make any sense to place braces on a child when all their molars have not erupted, because once they come in it will change the treatment plant. So should your child endure a longer orthodontic treatment when it could be avoided?! It truly surprises me when I see young children with braces. It just doesn’t seem nice nor fair to the child.

The majority of patients should not be fitted with braces until the 12-year molars have erupted and all baby teeth have been shed. There are a few exceptions, such as those who have severe malocclusion, which will take more than two years to fix. Examples would be excessive overbites, severe teeth crowding or impacted canines.

Every patient is different, and the recommendations can vary based on the patient’s individual situation. But for the most part, children should not be fitted for braces until they are at least 12 years old, and for the most part, in their early teens.

When you are concerned about a recommendation regarding braces, don’t be hesitant to get a second opinion. You don’t want your child to spend more time wearing braces than necessary. So, if you have a child 8 to 10 years old who has crowded teeth, take them to your dentist to get an orthodontic consultation, but be wary and do get a second opinion if the doctor recommends braces.