Dental implants have revolutionized the field of dentistry by finally offering a tooth replacement option that doesn’t just restore the visible portion of a missing tooth, but also the root. Still, when comparing dental implants to bridges or dentures, many patients have concerns about the significant price difference. This is certainly understandable, so below, we answer some of the most common questions we hear from patients about the cost of dental implants in Westport, CT.
What should I expect to pay for dental implants in Westport?
Although you might expect this is a question that has a straightforward answer, it’s actually quite difficult to offer even a ballpark figure for the cost of dental implants. The term is used to describe a variety of procedures, from those replacing a single missing tooth to ones that replace all teeth on both upper and lower arches. Then, you must also factor in the materials used for your restoration, whether you need to have teeth extracted, and whether bone grafting or a sinus lift is needed to address bone loss in the jaw.
A single-tooth dental implant ranges from $3,000 to $6,500, which includes the cost of the dental implant itself (the post or screw that is implanted into the jaw), the restoration that replaces the tooth above the gum line, and an abutment which connects these two parts. This cost doesn’t include any supplemental procedures that may be needed..
For the best estimate of what dental implants will cost for you, schedule an appointment for a consultation.
Why do dental implants cost so much?
There’s one simple reason for the difference in cost between dental implants and dentures or bridges: dentures and bridges only replace a portion of a missing tooth, while dental implant-based restorations replace the entire tooth, both above and below the gum line. Even a restoration like an implant-supported bridge or denture that doesn’t require dental implants to replace every single tooth that is missing will address the consequences of tooth loss below the gum line by stimulating the jaw bone.
Replacing the roots of your missing teeth means oral surgery is required. On top of the cost of your restoration, you’ll need to pay for visits to different specialists, the dental implant posts, advanced imaging, and treatment planning. This added expense is because dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, permanently replacing the roots of your missing teeth.
Will my dental insurance plan pay for dental implants?
It’s possible that your dental insurance plan might pay for the cost of your dental implants, but this isn’t always the case. Some plans might cover dental implants only for teeth that have been lost since they started insuring you; others only cover dental implants if bone loss has occurred. There are some circumstances in which your health insurance may also cover the costs of dental implants. Our team can help you understand your benefits and out-of-pocket costs.