Soong-Ryong Jung (David) , DDS, MS, PhD
The Cost of Dental Implants in Plano, Texas
The Cost of Dental Implants in Plano, Texas
Dental implants are a complex surgical procedure. It requires a variety of tools, special training, and time to replace tooth loss whether it is a result of blunt force trauma or tooth decay. However, it is easy to understand the appeal of them when combatting tooth loss. It fills in the missing gaps, keeps your tooth shape, feels natural, and can perform the same tasks as a natural tooth.
However, a lot of what deters patients from getting the dental implants that they need is price. Because of the complexity of the procedure, the cost of the materials, and the outright demand for it, dental implants can be pricey.
This is where a little bit of market research can go a long way. A lot of people often act like they have no option when that isn't the truth in the slightest. There are workarounds to how much something costs depending on location, cash investment vs insurance company policies, and the specialist you decide to work with.
So, let's look into the cost of dental implants.
Before Shopping Around for Dental Implants
For starters, before you start shopping around, you need to know the severity of your situation. If you found out through an oral surgeon or perhaps a doctor about the extent of damage then you will know what you are looking for.
If you do not know what sort of damage you have, you first need to go through a consultation period.
This is important for a few reasons:
• There is still a chance for your tooth to be saved
• If you are unsure of the amount of damage that occurred in your tooth or teeth then it might still be salvageable. There are nerve endings in our gums and inside our teeth, and oftentimes, if you are sensitive to pain, things can feel worse than what they actually are. Maybe all that is required is some drilling and a filling.
• It is possible that the damage is far worse than you anticipated
• We can't see every angle of our tooth. A lot of issues can literally be inside the pulp and we won't know until our dentists can look at the x-ray. Decay also has a habit of spreading through plaque and bacteria, so there is a good chance that the damage has spread.
• Your Dentist might be in Contact with the Right Specialist for You
• While your regular dentist may not be qualified to perform implant surgery, there is a good chance that they know someone who is. They can give you a lead in what you are looking for.
When you start to know what you need, you can look for the right person for the right procedure.
Does Insurance pay for Dental Implants?
It depends on the dental plan that you purchased, and what they define as something medically necessary.
The problem with getting anything covered by insurance is that the insurance companies run by their own definition of what is "medically necessary." While implants certainly help you get out of pain and return function to your teeth, it is not a life or death situation. In their mind, it is a cosmetic procedure in spite of its functionality, so they will not cover it.
Assuming that your insurance does cover it, "Yearly spending limits (usually $1,000-$1,500 annually), restrictions on coverage for pre-existing conditions, and waiting periods for restorative care may result in you paying out-of-pocket for much of the implant treatment."
The Cost for Dental Implants out of Pocket
If you are paying out of pocket for dental implants, then you will want to know the price of the procedure you are paying for.
A single dental implant cost per tooth is between $1,500 and $6,000.
Multiple dental implants cost roughly between $6,000 and $10,000.
Implant-supported dentures will run between $7,000 and $90,000.
Why the drastic variation of the price?
There are several determining factors. Location is one of them. The cost of living in one place will have prices that reflect them. If you were to go to New York City to get the procedure done, you are most likely going to get stuck at the high end of the bill. In a place like Plano, Texas, it is probably going to be cheaper.
Another determining factor is your condition. If your jaw needs a bone graft, there is more complicated work to be done. And a surgeon with a more difficult procedure is going to charge more.
It may seem frustrating and a little hopeless. However, there are ways that you can get an affordable dental implant procedure done. Find out next week at jungimplantdental.com