Many of our patients are interested in getting dental implants to replace their missing teeth, but they worry about the costs involved. While dental implants are the best solution available for missing teeth, they are also the most expensive—but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth it. Below, we address some of the most common questions we hear about the cost of dental implants.
What do dental implants cost in Aliso Viejo, CA?
Answering this question can be complicated and confusing because there are a number of different factors involved. An implant-based restoration usually has three parts: the dental implant itself, a restoration (crown, bridge, or denture) that replaces the visible portion of your missing tooth, and an abutment piece that connects the two.
The cost of a single dental implant in Aliso Viejo ranges from $3500 to $6000, but that’s only the cost of the implant post. You’ll need to consider the number of teeth being replaced, the type of restoration you’re getting, and the material used to fabricate it. A single dental crown attached to a single dental implant will be considerably less than an implant-supported denture.
You’ll also need to factor in any supplemental procedures that are needed to prepare you for dental implant surgery. These may include tooth extractions, sinus lifts, or bone grafts to reconstruct the jaw, allowing a stable base of support for your dental implants.
All of this is to say that the best way to find out the cost of dental implants for you is to visit our office for a consultation.
Why are dental implants so expensive?
When you compare the cost of dental implants with the cost of a traditional bridge or dentures, it’s understandable that you might experience some sticker shock. Why do dental implants cost so much more? The answer is simple—a bridge or denture only replaces a tooth above the gumline, while an implant-based restoration replaces the root as well. This means there are more costs involved.
Not only do you need to pay for the implants in addition to the restorations, you’ll also need to pay for the surgery to place them—dentures and bridges do not require surgical placement. Then there are the additional appointments, imaging, and time spent planning your surgery.
Still, dental implants are a better option because they prevent bone loss in the jaw and they’re made to be a permanent, life-long replacement for the roots of missing teeth.
Does insurance pay for dental implants?
Dental insurance plans vary from one provider to the next, so we recommend contacting your insurance company directly to find out what they cover. It’s becoming more common for dental insurance providers to offer at least some coverage for dental implants, but often there are restrictions and requirements involved—for example, your restorations may be covered, but not the implants they attach to. In some circumstances, your medical insurance may also provide coverage for dental implants. We’re happy to help you understand your benefits and out-of-pocket costs.
Are dental implants worth it?
Dental implants are absolutely worth it! You’ll be overjoyed by your results—a complete restoration that looks, feels, and functions more like your natural teeth than any other option available. Dental implants prevent bone loss, which means a stronger bite, better overall oral health, and even a more youthful appearance.