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Factors that determine the cost of dental implant treatment

Mar 9th, 2020

Factors that determine the cost of dental implant treatment

One of the first questions that patients looking to replace missing teeth with dental implants ask is, “How much do dental implants cost?”. The inevitable answer is, “It depends”. This isn’t because the person answering the phone is trying to brush off the question, it’s because it really does depend. Here are some factors that can ultimately determine the cost of the dental implant procedure.

  • How many teeth need to be replaced – The more teeth that need replacing, the more expensive the procedure is going to be. This is not only because more implants are involved but also because planning the case takes more time, skill, and attention.
  • Amount and quality of bone in the jaw – Some patients don’t have enough good quality bone at the site of the missing tooth and might need to undergo a grafting procedure to improve the tissue quality at the implant site. The time and resources spent on the bone grafting procedure need to be accounted for in the total price.
  • The quality of the dental implants – Many dentists want the best for their patients so they use higher-end dental implant systems. These might cost more but they can save time and money in the long run by reducing the chances of complications. If the cost of procedure seems high, it might be, in part, because of the high quality of the materials used.
  • The location of the missing tooth – Some regions of the mouth are easier to treat than others, as some areas are more visible than others, requiring closer attention to esthetics.
  • Training and skill of the dentist – Some dentists have extensive training in placing implants and are very well regarded in their field. As such, these dentists are in higher demand, thus resulting in a higher cost for higher quality work.
  • Geography – Cost of living varies from place to place so if a friend mentions getting dental implants for a low price in one city, that doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to find the same quality for that price in yours.

At the end of the day you can’t count on ads that promise a certain price for implants, or estimates given without knowledge of your personal situation. The best you can do is find a dentist that seems right for your needs, discuss the treatment plan, and then see if it makes sense for you.

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Here at Paul Mathew, D.D.S. we work diligently to protect our patients' privacy. Requesting an appointment via our Internet portal is considered part of what the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has identified as electronically protected healthcare information or ePHI. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there are people or entities that may attempt to intercept the data you transmit to us. By checking the "I agree" box, and electronically making an appointment request, you acknowledge that you are making an appointment over the internet and that Paul Mathew, D.D.S. will keep this information confidential but cannot guarantee that others, outside of our practice, may illegally intercept this communication. By accepting these terms and conditions and sending this request via our Internet portal, you accept the inherent risk(s) associated with making this request for an appointment. If you do not accept the terms and conditions, you are always welcome to contact our office via telephone to schedule your appointment.

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