Dental implants are a popular solution to an increasingly common problem: tooth loss. In fact, largely due to the rise in periodontal disease as Americans age, an estimated two in three people now have one or more missing teeth. While bridgework or dentures also address tooth loss cosmetically, dental implants are the preferred method because they not only look great, but function the same as natural teeth and help preserve the jaw structure and prevent atrophy from bone loss. That is why studies show that between 100,000 and 300,000 dental implants are placed each year.
How Long Do Dental Implants last?
Dental implants are the preferred choice for long-term tooth replacement, and with proper care, have the potential to last 25 years or more. How long they will actually last depends on several factors:
- Your oral health and hygiene: Brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dentist every six months will help ensure your dental implants are well maintained.
- How careful you are: Avoiding opening things with your teeth and biting down on hard items will help prevent damage to the implants.
- Your dentist: A professional, skilled dentist will ensure correct placement and careful monitoring to make sure your dental implants last.
- Your lifestyle and overall health also impact the lifespan of your dental implants.
What is the Cost of Full Mouth Dental Implants?
Because dental implants require a complex surgical procedure, they are by no means cheap: It will typically cost between $1,000 to $3,000 per dental implant, plus an additional $500 to $3,000 per implant for the finishing touches (abutment and crown). Based on these figures, a full mouth of dental implants can cost anywhere from $30k to $90k. However, keep in mind that this is a long-term investment that can keep your smile beautiful and healthy for the rest of your life.
Is it Possible to Use Dental Insurance for Implants?
We know the price tag for dental implants can be shocking. Fortunately, there are some insurance companies that will cover the cost in full or in part. Whether the implants can be covered vary from provider to provider and depend on your coverage details and annual limits. It’s best to talk with your dentist and your medical and dental insurance companies directly to explore this further. Your dentist may be able to recommend more comprehensive coverage options if your plan is insufficient.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Most people do not report any pain, but rather some discomfort following the dental implant surgery, when the tissue has to heal back to the bone. Sedation during the dental implant placement is common and can help reduce discomfort during the procedure itself. Post-op, your dentist will prescribe pain medication and recommend what foods to eat and avoid to help minimize the discomfort and avoid complications.
Don’t let the fear of discomfort keep you from moving forward with dental implants – left unaddressed, missing teeth can have long term consequences, leading to alignment issues and imbalances that can cause much more significant pain.
More Questions on Dental Implants?
In summary, implants are a great way to restore teeth and are becoming a very popular choice for replacing missing teeth. However, because of the high price and complexity of the procedure, it’s imperative that you talk with a professional dentist to fully explore your options and get all your questions answered. At Nicholson Family Dental, we work closely with an experienced oral surgeon and love bringing our patients’ radiant smiles back to life!