If you have one or more missing teeth, and you would like to smile, speak, and eat again 
comfortably and with confidence, dental implants may be an ideal option for you.
Dental implants are natural-looking replacements for teeth that have been lost due to decay, 
gum disease, root canal failure or trauma, or for teeth that never properly developed.

 Dental implants look and feel so natural, nobody will ever know you were once missing teeth. 
Dental implants can secure or replace loose dentures or partial denture.By now you are probably 
wondering what a dental implant costs. Replacing a tooth with an implant is a procedure that actually
 consists of three separate stages, and each stage usually incurs its own cost. It is important to first
 become familiar with these three stages in order to understand how the prices of 
dental implants accumulate resulting in the final cost of dental implant.    

 

 
 
 

 

The Implant Procedure

Stage 1: Placing the implant fixture

The implant fixture is the portion of the dental implant that lies below the gum line and acts as the artificial root for the new replacement tooth. It is a titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone. It is left untouched for several months while the surgical site heals and the dental implant anchors itself to the surrounding bone, a process known as osseointegration.

 

 
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The Implant Procedure

Stage 2: Placing the abutment

Once the implant site has healed and the implant fixture is osseointegrated into the surrounding bone, a post or "abutment" is placed into the implant. The abutment is usually screwed into the implant fixture about four to six months after the implant was surgically placed by the implant dentist. The abutment protrudes above the gum line and supports the final crown.

 

 
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The Implant Procedure

Stage 2: Placing the final crown

After the abutment is placed, an impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory where a porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is fabricated. The crown is returned to the dentist who then permanently cements it onto the abutment.

 

 
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Variables Affecting Cost

Now that you understand the three stages of tooth replacement with a dental implant, it will be easier to understand how the cost is incurred. If you see advertisements for dental implants at ridiculously low fees, don't be fooled. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Quality implants do come at a price, and there are many factors affecting the cost of dental implants.

 

 
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Variables Affecting Cost

How much do dental implants cost?  There is not a single direct answer to this question 
because there are many variables that affect the cost of implants.

A.  The implant itself

The brand of implant used will affect the cost.  Some brands are much more expensive than
 others and will require the dentist to charge a higher fee. Various factors, such as the quality 
of  the bone at the implant site, will at times justify the need for more expensive implants.  
Overall the national average for dental implant prices ranges from $1200-$3000.  
However, this is not your final price.  There are additional factors that add to the 
ultimate price you pay for your dental implant restoration.  These include dental xrays
and dental scans.  Also the following items must be considered.

B.  The need for bone grafts

Sometimes there is not enough bone available to place an implant and have it adequately 
integrate into  the jawbone In this case bone grafts are often needed to ensure the quantity 
and quality of bone is sufficient to support an implant. There is usually an additional fee
 incurred if bone grafts are needed.
            

 

 
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C.  The abutment type

After the implant fixture has healed the dentist will decide which type of abutment will be 
screwed into the implant.
  
The dentist will choose from either a pre-fabricated or a custom abutment. Custom abutments
 are more expensive and are used in situations where the implants were placed on an angle 
or  where pre-fabricated abutments will not enable the dentist to achieve the desired esthetic 
result. Custom abutments can be made of metal or ceramic. Ceramic abutments are more 
expensive  but look better in implants placed in the front of the mouth, especially if your gum 
tissue shows when you smile. The type of abutment chosen by the dentist for your individual
case will affect the cost of this portion of the implant restoration.

 

 
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D. The implant crown

Once the implant has healed and the abutment has been placed the dentist is ready to place 
a final implant crown. There is a significant variation in cost depending upon the type of 
materials used to make the crown and the dental laboratory that fabricated the crown.  

The crown can either be made from a base metal covered with porcelain, from a gold alloy 
covered with porcelain, or from pure porcelain. Crowns made with gold alloy are more 
expensive than those made with base metal, and pure porcelain crowns are the most 
expensive but are definitely the most esthetic. If the dentist decides to use a 
porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, the patient should consider the type of metal used, especially
 if there are other health problems involved such as metal allergies. 

Whether your crown is fabricated in a large commercial laboratory or a small custom 
laboratory also contributes to the cost of the restoration.  In custom laboratories the lab 
technician is literally a talented artist. Smaller laboratories tend to charge more for their 
artistic, detail-oriented crowns.  The patient is paying more not only because a talented 
technician is working on their case, but also because of the extra time the technician spends 
on their crown.  The final product will be much more realistic in the mouth, and many people 
feel this is well worth the additional cost, especially if the tooth being replaced shows when 
smiling.

 

 
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E. The number of dentists involved in your case

In some offices, one dentist places the dental implant and a second dentist delivers the 
abutment and final restoration. This usually results in higher fees for the patient because each
 dentist has his or her own costs for the procedure for which they are responsible. Having two
 dentists can also create esthetic problems at times if the dentists do not work closely together 
to envision the final outcome of the implant and the restoration. Furthermore, there is also the
 question of who is responsible if a problem occurs, the surgeon or the restorative dentist.

If you choose to see one dentist who performs the implant surgery and places the final 
restoration, there are several advantages. Not only are the fees usually lower, but the dentist
 can see the final result in his or her mind's eye as the implant surgery is performed.  
The dentist is in control of the placement of the implant and knows it will be in the correct
 position so it can be properly restored with the final crown. The dentist is in command of all 
three stages of the procedure: the implant placement, the abutment selection, and the final 
crown. This often leads to the best result for the patient and a better price.

F. The experience and talent of the dentist

The final factor that will determine the cost of implants is the experience and talent of the 
individual dentist. Be sure to research the implant dentist you choose to ensure he or she has 
the experience necessary to deliver the best results. You want to choose an implant dentist 
with many years of experience in this very technical area of dentistry. Don't be afraid to ask
 your implant dentist questions, such as "Have you published any papers on dental implants?"
 or " Have you taught implant dentistry courses at a major university?"  

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