When dealing with tooth loss, most patients are looking for the best, healthiest option to replace their teeth, but the cost of treatment is another factor that can affect your decision. Many factors go into the cost of receiving dental implants. The number of teeth being replaced, the need for bone grafting or other procedures, the area you live in, and your insurance coverage can all affect the overall cost.
Some websites may offer discounted or low-cost implants, but the only real way to determine the price of your treatment is to have a consultation with an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon, such as Dr. Johnson at our Houston, TX office. Oral surgeons have the expertise necessary to determine the exact treatment plan you need, whether you are missing one tooth or many.
Comparing the Value of Different Tooth Replacement Options
When it comes to replacing or restoring your teeth, there are a few options available for patients: bridges, implants, and partial (or full) dentures. When choosing your tooth replacement option, it’s important to consider not just the initial cost but also the long-term maintenance and overall value added to your life.
Dental implants are a valuable investment for patients looking for the best permanent tooth replacement option because
- They can last a lifetime, unlike dentures or bridges which require replacement after years of normal wear.
- They protect your surrounding teeth by preventing bone loss and dental shifting, which saves you money on future dental or orthodontic treatments.
- They drastically improve your quality of life, which is priceless; the ability to eat, smile, and speak comfortably is essential for a person’s health and well-being.
While the permanence of dental implants is appealing, not everyone can receive them. If you are not able to undergo minor oral procedures such as tooth extractions, you may need to consider other replacement options. Talk to your oral surgeon to determine which option is right for you.
Dental bridges replace teeth by bridging the gap between two existing teeth with a multi-tooth prosthesis. Bridges are permanently affixed to your natural teeth, but they usually have to be replaced after years of wear.
- Fixed bridges typically last between five to fifteen years, depending on your oral health and hygiene habits.
- Bridges help prevent teeth from shifting, but your surrounding teeth have to be ground down so that the bridge can be cemented to the top of them.
- Bridges restore your ability to eat and smile normally, and they may be a good option for people who cannot undergo minor oral surgery procedures.
Partial and full dentures have been the standard in tooth replacement for years. While they do not prevent bone loss, dentures are a good option for people who want a removable tooth replacement option or who cannot receive dental implants.
- Dentures usually last between five and seven years before they must be replaced or refitted.
- They can help prevent teeth from shifting over time, but bone loss can still occur.
- People with dentures can eat most foods normally, although an improper fit or slipping can cause problems.
Cost at Houston Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center
Our practice works hard to give patients affordable and effective surgical treatments. Our pricing is competitive for this region without sacrificing the quality of the materials we use. If you want to find out more about how much your procedure might cost, contact our office in the Houston Medical Center at (713) 790-6477 to schedule an appointment. Our staff will gladly give you an estimate for your dental implant procedure after you receive a full consultation from one of our skilled oral surgeons. Dr. Johnson is a skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon who has years of experience helping patients find the right tooth replacement solution for them.