The Cost of Dental Implants Will Vary Based on Individual Case Details
At Nordhus Dentistry in Wichita, KS, we find that patients are often confused about the cost of dental implants. As a multi-step treatment that includes several phases of care, dental implants can have a longer timeline and greater cost than patients might expect from a typical dental procedure. However, because dental implants can replace missing teeth permanently and offer such unique benefits, most patients find the treatment to be a great investment. When you meet with Dr. Byron Nordhus, he will develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and will always provide the most complete care possible. Ultimately the cost of dental implants depends on the kind of treatment required, the quality of care you receive, and whether you will need to undergo any preparatory procedures.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Implants
Some costs associated with dental implants will be the same for each patient, such as consultation and surgical fees, but several factors that are unique to each case can influence the total cost of your dental implant procedure.
Type of Restoration
The type of restoration you will receive can greatly affect the total cost of your treatment. The cost of replacing one tooth with one implant and a dental crown is understandably less than the cost of a full set of implant-retained dentures, which can require eight or more implants.
Another factor that may increase your total cost is the necessity for preparatory surgeries, such as bone grafting. If a patient has gone without teeth for several years, as is often the case with denture-wearers, bone loss in the jaw may negatively affect the chances of a successful outcome. In these cases, grafting surgery can make the jawbone better prepared by creating additional bone density.
Another factor that may increase your total cost is the necessity of preparatory surgeries, such as bone grafting or a sinus lift.
Another potential pre-surgery that may be required is sinus augmentation, also called a sinus lift. Depending on your unique bone structure, there is a possibility that the sinus cavities may sit too low for the facial bones to accommodate dental implants on the upper arch. If an implant were to intrude into the sinus cavity, the patient could experience chronic pain, swelling, or infection. A sinus lift raises the floor of the nasal cavity to ensure this doesn't happen. During your consultation with Dr. Norhus, he will conduct a number of diagnostic measures, such as x-rays and CT scans, to determine whether you will need a preparatory procedure before your dental implant surgery.
Final Restoration Costs
After dental implant surgery and a period of osseointegration, in which the implants fuse with the jawbone, our partnering dental laboratory will fabricate a customized permanent restoration. Depending on the number of teeth we are replacing, we can use crowns, bridges, or a full-arch denture. Because these restorations are constructed through different methods and are composed of different materials, the costs will also vary.
Paying for Your Implants
Many dental plans do not cover dental implants, and some plans only cover certain aspects of the procedure. However, because dental implants offer such life-changing benefits, such as comfort and peace of mind, most patients find it a worthwhile investment. To assist our patients in managing the cost of dental implants, Nordhus Dentistry accepts CareCredit, which provides flexible financing with minimal interest rates for dental and medical treatments.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you have suffered tooth loss, dental implants offer a unique opportunity to regain the feeling of natural dentition. Please call us at 316-721-6730 or visit us online to schedule a consultation.