But Why Do Dentists Charge So Much?
One of the main reasons why patients are charged high implant costs is to cover the bill for both the dentist and surgeon. More so, the patient may need to visit the dental office multiple times to complete each step of the dental implant treatments. All these – more professionals, more visits – translate to more payment.
However, one of the ways to save money on dental implant treatments is to use a dental discount plan or treatment plan. This would save you lots of dollars on tooth replacement and on any other dental implant treatments.
In case you wonder, undergoing dental implant treatments entails more than just sitting in a dental chair, receiving anesthesia, tooth extraction, and having replacement teeth fixed into your jaw. No, there are many other steps involved in ensuring the quality and safety of your replacement teeth. Here are some of the dental implant procedures that raise the implant costs.
CT scan or X-ray
Your dentist would need to first take either a CT scan or an X-ray of your mouth before fixing the implant. These images act as blueprints for the dental surgery and will be used to find the best place to fix the implant. Actually, the dental implant procedure cannot be carried out by the surgeon without the blueprint. CT scan or an X-ray may cost about $25 to $200 and this adds to the bill.
There is a possibility that you may also need to undergo bone grafting. Bone grafting is when a small piece of bone or a full piece of bone is taken from somewhere else in the body and placed in the jawbone. Bone grafting is carried out when a patient does not have sufficient bone in his/her jaw to support the dental implant. The cost of the bone grafting depends on both the source of the bone and the amount of bone needed. Sourcing bone from a cow or cadaver or creating synthetic bone may cost about $250 to $1,100. Sourcing the bone from the patient’s own body normally cost higher, about $2,000 to $3,000 as it involves 2 surgeries – bone harvesting and the bone placement, and hospitalization.
There are times where one or some of the patient’s teeth must be removed/extracted before the dentist can fix the dental implants. This procedure would add to the cost too.
The Dentist’s and Surgeon’s Fee
This fee varies depending on the level of experience of the dentist and surgeon as well as the time it would take the dentist to extract the teeth and fix the implant and the surgeon to carry out additional necessary surgeries. The costs of these services range from about $500 for a surgeon still in training to about $2,000 for experienced dental surgeons. You may also have to pay the anesthesiologist about $500/hr to $800/hr.
Other factors that affect the cost of dental implants include the cost of materials and the location of the dental implant procedure.
It’s true that dental implants are quite expensive. But if you need the best and affordable dental implants, contact us today. Having the best dental implants would give you the right lifestyle that you desire.