Dental Implants use the newest technology in creating a flawless smile when someone is missing one or more teeth. The process involves creating a false root by drilling into the patient’s bone. This metal root protrudes from the gum line and a custom-made tooth is then attached to the root and voila, a new permanent smile.
Unfortunately though, dental implants can be hard on the pocket book. For one tooth the patient could be looking at a bill anywhere from $1500 to $7500. Though it’s difficult to compare this cost to other dental appliances, such as crowns and bridges, it’s important to remember that the dentist is working with living tissue. The process of dental implants is a cross between science and art and the end result has the potential to last for an entire lifetime.
In the past, dental implants were rarely completely covered by insurance. As times change and technology advances, however, some insurance companies are seeing the great benefits of the procedure. They may pay for the actual tooth if not the surgical procedure. Many offices offer payment plans and can help you obtain the smile you want.
The process of creating the perfect dental implant can take some time and patience. The average time span from beginning to end of treatment is about three to six months. But don’t worry, you won’t be toothless during that time. Dr. Silva can create a partial or denture to cover the existing space that will be durable and comfortable until your implant procedure is complete.
Pain is minimum and age is not considered a factor. If you are healthy enough to withstand a tooth extraction, you are most likely a good candidate for a dental implant.
Dr. Silva and his staff at Austin Premier Dental know your new dental implant will increase your confidence and brighten your smile. We are here to help you – just give us a call.