Dental implants have been in use now for several decades since they were invented in 1952. In fact, many dental professionals consider them as the standard of care for tooth replacement. Though their placement involves a surgical procedure, the treatment has become largely affordable so that patients can enjoy the many benefits of dental implants, including:
So, how much will it cost you to get a dental implant?
The cost of one dental implant placement depends on a variety of factors, including the position of the implant site in the mouth, the experience of the oral surgeon performing the procedure, and the location of the dental practise. This amount accounts for the surgery for placing the implant, cost of all components involved in the procedure, and the cost of the replacement crown.
A dental implant placement procedure may involve the following:
- Tooth or teeth removal – This is usually the first step of your dental implant surgery. Any tooth fragments must be completely removed to allow for proper site preparation before placing the dental implant.
- Site preparation – If the implant site has signs of bone loss after tooth extraction, your oral surgeon may recommend bone grafting or sinus augmentation to build up the bone tissue and achieve a solid base to support the implant.
- Implant placement – When the site is ready, a dental implant (titanium post) will be placed into the bone using a special drill and tools. The surgeon will then place a “healing cap” over the implant before stitching up the gum.
- Healing – You will have to wait for 2-6 months for the site to heal and the implant to integrate with the bone tissue. A temporary denture will be placed at the site for aesthetic purposes. You will need follow-up visits for the oral surgeon to track the healing
- Abutment placement – After successful integration of the implant to the bone, an abutment will be connected to the implant using a screw. A general dentist can then take an impression of the abutment and send it to the dental lab to fabricate your custom-made crown.
- Tooth replacement – When the crown is ready, it will be secured to the abutment by cementing or with a screw. Keep in mind that the choice of material for your crown will also affect the cost of your dental implant treatment.
How much will the insurance pay?
In most cases, dental insurance does not cover dental implant placement. This is because most insurance providers consider dental implants as an elective surgical procedure, although they have become widely known as the standard of care for tooth replacement. However, some dental insurance providers cover the cost of getting a custom crown.
For more information on dental implants in San Diego CA and to find out the cost of your individual treatment, please contact our office.