Dental implants are often seen as a dream come true for patients who require extensive dental work to replace damaged or missing teeth. Dental implants entail a periodontis t or oral surgeon placing implants into the jawbone and cosmetic dentist or restorative dentist attaching a prosthetic tooth or appliance to the implant. Unlike removable dentures, a properly placed implant has little physical downside. Experience has shown that with proper care, an implant will remain strong and secure within your mouth for many years. Dental implants may add to the cost of treatment initially, but may actually be less expensive over the long term. Fortunately, several payment options exist to help you achieve secure replacement teeth without breaking the bank.
Things to Know about Implant Costs
Before proceeding with a dental implant procedure, there are a few important factors to know and consider regarding the cost of dental implants and payment options. When in doubt, it is always a good idea to sit down with your restorative dentist to discuss all of your options.
- Dental implants may be covered by insurance, and the average price for a dental implant ranges between $2,500 to $3,500 for a single tooth.
- With proper oral hygiene, implants offer longevity; once they are placed, dental implants can last for years.
- It may be possible to reduce the overall cost of the dental implant procedure, as the timing of can affect out of pocket cost. The implant procedure is typically a two-part process that consists of placing the implant; three to six months later the implant is topped with a crown, bridge, or dentures. By scheduling the first procedure at the end of the calendar year, and then having the implant restored the following year, this allows you to use two years’ worth of pretax flexible spending monies through your employer. And if dental insurance covers a portion of the cost, you won’t go over the yearly limit.
Since a portion of the dental implant procedure is typically an out-of-pocket expense, patients can pay for treatment with:
- Personal checks
- Credit cards
- A health care financing plan through CareCredit
- An employer-sponsored flexible spending account
Patients that opt to pay for treatment with a financing plan should pay attention to the interest rate and penalties associated with the payment plan. Patients should try to find a plan that offers low interest rates, and pay each monthly installment on time to avoid additional fees.
Learn More about Dental Implant Prices and Payment Options
You deserve to have the strongest and healthiest teeth possible. Several payment options are available to make having your best implant treatment possible. To learn more about how to make the best financial decision regarding your dental implants, schedule a consultation with the knowledgeable staff of Dr. Steven M. Balloch’s practice today. Together, we can sit down to thoroughly go over your various payment options so that you can decide what option is ultimately best for you.