Factors that Affect the Total Cost of Dental Implants
Posted: Jun 05, 2014
The numerous benefits of dental implants make these ideal solutions for those suffering from missing teeth problems. However, most patients are wary of going for a dental implant treatment because of the idea that the treatment is too expensive for them. Looking at the factors that affect the total cost of dental implants will shed light on what the treatment involves, and can help understand where the fees go to with regards to the entire treatment cost.
Dental Implant Cost Inclusions/Factors
Case Assessment – The case assessment phase determines the suitability of the patient to the implant t treatment, and includes an initial consultation with the dental surgeon. This is also the stage when diagnostic tests and images are obtained to further help determine the treatment suitability, and also to help formulate a treatment plan. In this stage, patients are encouraged to ask questions to help clarify things about the implants treatment.
Number of Implants Used – The number of implants to be used in the treatment will affect the total cost. For example: a single dental implant will naturally cost less compared to the placement of four dental implants to replace a full arch of missing teeth.
Teeth Restoration – The teeth restoration, such as the dental crown or dental bridge, is included in the overall cost for the dental implant treatment. The material of the restoration will also be considered in the cost computation.
Implant Used – The implant system used affects the cost of the entire dental implant treatment. The dental surgeon or dentist will determine which system will be used to effectively address a patient’s specific missing teeth problem.
Dental Clinic Facilities and Services – The use of the dental clinic’s facilities during the procedure, the expertise and skills of the dental surgeon, as well as aftercare services of the clinic, are all included in the overall cost for dental implants.
Type of Anesthesia Used – Anesthesia is necessary during a surgical procedure such as the placement of dental implants. The use of local anesthesia will contribute a smaller amount to the overall implant treatment cost, compared to using general anesthesia which may involve more specialised facilities, skills, and medications.
Advanced Techniques – If advanced procedures such as bone grafting, or sinus lifting are needed as part of the implant placement, these techniques will also be considered in the total computation of the implant treatment cost. The material used for the bone grafting procedure, for example, will also be considered in the overall cost.