October 14, 2018
Dental implants can replace teeth all the way down to the root and offer many benefits as a result. While they may be incredibly beneficial, their cost is usually difficult to determine, particularly if you try to ask a dentist about their price over the phone. Dentists have good reason for not settling on a specific price though, as the cost is largely determined after a consultation and thorough examination is performed.
Today, a dentist will be going over the cost of the individual parts of dental implants in Reading and how dental insurance can help you manage some of those costs.
The Parts of the Dental Implant
Dental implants consist of three main parts: the implant, the abutment and the restoration that sits on top. Each part plays a key role in replacing your tooth and must be accounted for to replace teeth successfully. The implant actually refers to the titanium rod that integrates with your jaw after placement. This process, known as osseointegration, is crucial for long-term durability.
The abutment is a connector that allows the restoration to remain attached to the implant. Abutments come in many forms and may be placed at different points in your treatment timeline depending on what the dentist thinks will work best.
The final part is the restoration, or the visible portion that integrates with your smile. This could be a single implant-retained crown, a bridge connecting three or four crowns together, or a full removable or fixed denture.
The Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of implant treatment is impossible to determine without first having a consultation with the dentist. This is why dentists are often hesitant to give out an exact price over the phone or without performing an exam. However, we can give accurate approximations of the costs for individual parts.
Implants can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000, depending on the manufacturer. The abutment and crown total costs fall between $500 and $3,000. With these costs in mind, a single tooth replacement can cost between $1,500 and $6,000.
How Dental Insurance Can Help
Keep in mind that the costs mentioned are without dental insurance. While dental insurance doesn’t typically cover the cost of dental implants, there are some exceptions. Before you begin treatment, call your current dental insurance company and ask them if they will cover any portion of:
- Tooth extractions (may be covered between 60 and 80 percent)
- Bone grafts (may be covered up to 80 percent)
- Implant placement surgery (as much as 50 percent may be covered)
- Crowns and Abutments (may be covered up to 50 percent)
In conclusion, insurance coverage varies dramatically, so it’s always important to contact them directly or have a dental practice employee confirm coverage for you. Schedule an appointment today to learn how much money you can save with a dentist in Reading!
About the Author
Dr. Gail Iebba earned her dental degree from the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry. During your implant consultation, you’ll confirm what treatments you may need prior to placement and which procedure would work best for you. To learn more about her practice, you can contact her through her website.
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