When exploring treatment options for tooth loss, patients are likely to consider a variety of concerns, including cost and longevity of the restoration. Unfortunately, because each patient’s case is unique, it’s impossible for an oral surgeon to give a one-size-fits-all estimate for the expenses connected to this treatment.
A number of factors can affect the cost of dental implants. For example, if a preliminary bone graft is needed before the dental implants can be placed, it will involve additional expenses. The number of and type of dental implants placed, along with auxiliary services, such as x-rays, anesthesia or sedation and follow-up care also contribute to the cost of dental implants.
Therefore, patients should consult with an oral surgeon in order to get a cost estimate informed by the specifics of their case. Patients who are considering a variety of treatment options should get cost estimates for their other options as well.
After getting that estimate, patients should take into account the long-term costs expected with each of the treatment options. While the initial price tag of a conventional appliance, such as a fixed dental bridge or a denture, might seem like a bargain when compared to the upfront cost of dental implants, that doesn’t reflect the lifetime costs of each method.
Implant-supported appliances are far more durable than conventional prosthetics. The dental implants help to anchor the jawbone so that its shape remains constant. However, with a standard bridge or denture, the bone tissue will gradually wear away. As this happens, the jaw’s shape changes and eventually the appliance gets loose. It may need to be refitted or even replaced.
Furthermore, failing to replace a tooth can create costly consequences for your remaining teeth, which may lead to greater out-of-pocket expenses for you. So, don’t assume that forgoing treatment is a cheaper option, either.
If you want to get more information about costs associated with dental implants, schedule an initial consultation at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates. One of our providers will be able to give you a more accurate estimate of the costs after assessing the specifics of your case.