Cosmetic Dental Surgery For Dental Implants What Is The Cost Of Dental Implants

Cosmetic Dental Surgery For Dental Implants – What Is The Cost Of Dental Implants?

By: - Health & Fitness - November 29, 2011
cosmetic dental surgery for dental implants what is the cost of dental implants

If you are one of the millions of people out there without perfectly straight and perfectly shaped teeth, you may consider some type of cosmetic dental surgery.  There are several different types of cosmetic surgery available for your teeth and mouth. Some are done by choice, others are done by necessity. Some procedures, like getting teeth whitening or porcelain veneers are non surgical treatments and can be done with no sedation or anesthesia. Others, like dental implants, dental bridges, dentures and cosmetic gum surgery will definitely need some type of anesthesia as they are all considered surgical procedures, though for most of them, you will be awake unless you choose to be totally sedated.

Dental implants are the type of cosmetic dental surgery that will be discussed here. Dental implants are used when you have missing teeth in order to fill that space in order to complete your smile. Typically made of titanium, dental implants are literally screwed into your jaw bone in order to anchor a false tooth. You can typically not tell by sight rather a tooth is an implant or not, only through x-ray. Implants are excellent for replacing missing teeth, but not everyone will be a candidate for this type of procedure. For instance, you will need to make sure you have enough bone in the jaw to support the implant…not everyone does.  They also tend to work better in the lower jaw than the upper, so if you need them above, you may want to talk with your dentist about another option. There is also the high cost of dental implants, which will be discussed below.

The dental implants will be placed into your jaw through a surgical procedure. The titanium portion will be placed into your jaw bone and given time to heal, typically about six months before the actual dental crown will be put on. If, for some reason, you do not have enough bone, you may need to have a bone graft done in order to even things out or get the bone in the right shape. During the time your bone is healing, your dentist can give you a flipper to fill the space. This will close the current hole up, but it is a non surgical solution. The flipper can be attached with a small wire or can be attached to a plastic piece if you go with an upper implant.

There are technically three types of implants currently available. The first is called a root form implant and is actually shaped like the root of your tooth. This is the most commonly used implant and is used when you have plenty of bone to work with. These implants generally take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to heal. The second type of implant is called the plate form implant. This implant is generally used if your jaw is too narrow to handle the root form implant. The plate form implant is placed right on your jaw and is flat and long. Depending on the type of plate form implant installed, it can take a few days to six months to heal. The third type of implant is the subperiosteal implant. Like the plate form implant, the subperiosteal implant will sit right on top of the jaw bone, but it is much more involved and can include impressions of your actual exposed jawbone and possible CAT scans of your bones.

The cost of dental implants is highly varied. They can be quite expensive, in fact, and insurance may or may not cover them. You will generally see at least two or three different dentists along the way to getting your implant totally put in. You will at least have to see your normal dentist and you may need to see a separate oral surgeon as most general dentists will not do this procedure in the office. Additionally, you may need to see a prosthodontist, who will design the actual implant. You will have to pay for the lab work in order to make the implant and finally will have to pay for any bone grafting you need.  The basic cost of dental implants with no extras runs from about $1,250. to  $3,000 per tooth. If you do need bone grafts, extra tests, have a special case or need extra procedures, it is not uncommon for the implant to get as high as $15,000 to $30,000 or more.

The advantages of dental implants include the fact that they are permanent, unlike other procedures like dentures or bridges. The implants are very functional and look just like your own natural teeth. The main disadvantage of getting dental implants is, of course, the cost. It is an expensive and time consuming cosmetic dental surgery.  Though the implant itself will last a lifetime, you will likely have to replace the crown of the implant after approximately ten to fifteen years.  If you are interested in this type of procedure, you should begin by speaking to your own dentist.