A dental implant is essentially an artificial replacement for your tooth roots. So when you have one or more teeth missing, instead of going through life with all the challenges that it imposes in the face of tooth loss, you can easily have a dental implant placed which can ultimately give you the feeling of having your natural teeth back. Now, given the advancements that dentistry has had in recent times, the success rate of dental implants, which at one time was not very high, has gone up dramatically. At the same time, costs have not gone up to the extent many would imagine, of course subject to various factors such as the extent of dental implants needed, dental hygiene of the patient as well as overall dental condition, especially in relation to the age of the patient.
On the whole, dental implants provide a holistic solution with regard to tooth replacement – in the face of tooth loss, when there seems to be a virtual barrage of challenges at every step in life, for a patient suffering from tooth absence. Accordingly, any individual facing the prospect of tooth loss or already suffering from the same would definitely be recommended very strongly to go in for a dental implant consultation, to see if they are a good candidate.
There is a multitude of factors that contribute to the cost of dental implants; therefore the final figure generally varies from patient to patient.
Typically, the basic dental implant cost consists of two parts. The first is the cost of the implant itself, which is the titanium post that goes into the bone and serves as the base. The second cost is for the “tooth”, the porcelain crown that is affixed over the titanium base.
Beyond these basic costs, a number of patient-specific factors can contribute to the final cost. For instance, the condition of the bone over which the implant will be affixed is very important. To determine this, a Computed Tomography (CT) Scan can often be necessary to determine the bone’s quantity as well as quality. If the bone is weak, steps will need to be taken in order to strengthen or regenerate the bone.
Finally, other costs can be accrued through doctor consultation, administrative and preparatory work, and of course the dental implant surgery itself.