Dental implants aren’t the expensive and burdensome procedures they used to be. In fact, improvements in dental implant technology have made the process of getting them much easier and more affordable.¹ Finding dental implants that are high-quality, safe and competitively-priced has never been easier.
Dental Implants Could Be Just What You Are Looking For
In the early days of dental implants, procedures could be lengthy, painful and very expensive. Ongoing research eventually led to advancements, however. Computer imaging technology in particular helped to bring the price down massively and improve comfort and precision.² Today’s dental implants can improve health and well-being and bring back that beautiful smile, without the hassle or expense of the past.
What Will Dental Implants Cost Me?
One major breakthrough in dental implants came in 2004 when a dentist called Niznick started a dental implant business. He was able to invent a cheaper, high-quality offering he sold to dentists at $150 for the implant and all its attendant parts.³ Dentists were able to then pass these cost savings on to patients. Today, the average cost of dental implants for patients ranges from $1,000 to $3,000.⁴ While this is unfortunately not covered under most regular medical insurance, it can be more than worth the investment in regaining your full dental health.
There are options, however, to making dental implants more affordable. For example, you can purchase dental insurance, get your dental implants done at a dental school, get your dental implants abroad in central Europe or South America, or even consider signing on to a Medicare Advantage program that may partly cover implants.⁵
With newly improved imaging and computer technology, many tools are now used to counteract the negative risks of implants. Big steps up in CAD (Computer Aided Design) let dentists do a detailed 3D scan and precisely map your mouth to make sure the new dental implant is a perfect fit and that it minimizes bone loss during the procedure.⁶
Another major advancement is in the actual material used to coat the implant. Special technologies are used to make implants more resistant to corrosion and reduce infection risk, improving their long-term success rates.⁷
The actual dental implant procedure takes about one to two hours. The healing time after this will run about three to six months in order to feel at 100 percent once again, but despite sounding like forever it will go by quite quickly and be more than worth it when you look in the mirror and see your beaming smile or eat a delicious meal with no difficulty.⁸
After the procedure, you may experience some swelling and bruising of the gums, some minor bleeding, and some soreness in the area of the implant.
Although dental implants are great for many, it’s still important to talk to a specialist to make sure they are right for you. For some, there is not enough jawbone to fix to the implants and more complicated procedures are required. For others, there may be an even simpler solution.
Look Online and See Your Options
Searching online to check out your options is highly recommended. If you’re missing teeth—regardless of your age—it can lower your quality of life. Not only do you look worse for it, but it can be unhealthy and make it harder to talk and eat.
But it doesn’t need to be that way. New advances in dental implant technology are making them more affordable, healthier, and stronger. As always, readers are advised to do their own research and find out what is best for their needs and dental situation.