If you’re missing one or more teeth, your dentist has probably recommended dental implants as a tooth replacement option. Dental implants have evolved to become the “gold-standard” for replacing missing teeth, and it is easy to see why. First and foremost, dental implants look and function similarly to natural teeth. They are a stand-alone solution, and do not require alteration of your remaining natural teeth. Furthermore, the placement of a dental implant where a tooth has been lost acts to maintain bone, and preserves your natural jaw shape that would otherwise change following tooth loss.
As you consider a dental implant, you’ll likely wonder how much treatment will cost. The cost of dental implant treatment depends on a number of factors like how many implants are needed and what, if any, additional procedures are required as part of the implant treatment.
In the initial planning stage of dental implant treatment, the dentist or dental specialist will recommend a dental CT scan of the site, which enables accurate 3D planning for dental implants. Many practitioners have equipped their practices with an on-site CT scanner to offer fast, efficient answers to patients who require treatment. While CT scans add cost at the outset of treatment, they prevent errors in treatment planning and enable the dentist or dental specialist to provide treatment in a most predictable manner.
Many general dentists place dental implants, and have extensive experience and know-how within the field of implant dentistry. In complex cases that require adjunctive procedures like bone or gum grafting, a dental specialist known as a periodontist, may be asked to provide treatment. While specialist’s fees are typically higher than those of a general dentist, they are often comparable.
Periodontists are dental surgeons who have experience in all types of dental implant procedures, including treatment of complications when they arise. They are familiar with a number of dental implant systems and biomaterials, and can customize each case as needed. With literally hundreds of implant companies to work with, most practitioners chose to work with only the leaders within the field of implant dentistry. Implants and materials from these leading manufacturers have been subject to rigorous scientific studies and have proven clinical success rates. As a result of this, supplies from these manufacturers come at a premium price.
With so may variables to consider, the first step to dental implant treatment is a consultation. This will allow you to meet the dental professional, and review information and details specific to your case.
Dr. Joslin is a Board Certified Specialist in Periodontics providing expert care in dental implant surgery. If you’re ready to take the first step in dental implant treatment, contact her office to book your consultation.