Dental Implants: Determining the Cost of Your Investment
Dental implants are widely considered the premier treatment for tooth replacement. However, many patients do not seriously consider the option because they are worried about cost. During a consultation, Dr. Scott Schmitt can explain how the number of teeth you are missing, preferred sedation method, type of restoration, and other factors will affect your dental implant cost. At C. Scott Schmitt, DMD, MS in Altamonte Springs, FL, we offer several financing options to make this innovative treatment accessible to virtually every patient.
Calculating the Cost of Implants
There are several factors which will affect the final cost of your treatment.
Number of Missing Teeth
Your level of edentulism, or tooth loss, will directly determine how many implants you require. Generally, the more missing teeth you have, the more expensive your treatment will be. A single missing tooth will require one post but an entire dental arch can often be restored with just four posts.
Similarly, larger restorations are more expensive because they take longer to fabricate and require a larger amount of state-of-the-art materials. While a single porcelain crown is a cost-effective option for replacing a single missing tooth, a full set of upper and lower dentures will obviously cost more.
Types of Implants and Technique
Our practice exclusively uses Straumann® dental implants because of their durability and high success rates. Advanced implant materials are more expensive to design and manufacture but they also offer several benefits to the patient.
Certain techniques, such as All-on-4® implants, are more cost-effective than others. This method, for example, is generally less expensive than a full mouth reconstruction completed with single implants. All-on-4 requires fewer materials and often negates the need for bone grafting.
The Condition of Your Jawbone
We believe that every patient with missing teeth should have access to the benefits of dental implants, so we offer several flexible financing options.
If you have experienced jawbone recession due to trauma or as a natural effect of missing teeth, you may need a bone graft or sinus lift surgery prior to your implant procedure. Both of these preparatory procedures will result in additional surgical costs.
Anesthesia & Sedation
While some patients may be comfortable receiving implants with local anesthesia alone, others may decide to undergo sedation. Generally, nitrous oxide is less expensive than deeper methods of sedation, such as oral conscious sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation.
Payment Options & Financing Your Treatment
Dr. Schmitt and his team understand that dental implants are an investment. We also believe that every patient with missing teeth should have access to this exceptional treatment, without worrying about financial constraints. We accept several types of payment and flexible financing options, including:
- Third-party lenders: We accept financing through outside lenders including CareCredit®, Citi Health Card, and LendingClub®. These companies offer low-interest, flexible-term financing plans.
- Credit cards: We accept major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
- Discounts: If you prepay in full for services totaling $5,000 or more, we offer a five percent discount.
Although dental implants are typically not covered by insurance, we can also help you file the appropriate insurance claims to secure the maximum reimbursement possible.
Receive Your Personal Estimate
As a prosthodontist, Dr. Schmitt focuses on the balance between aesthetic and functional tooth replacement. You and your family can access this high level of care thanks to our flexible financing options. To receive a personal estimate based on your needs, send us an online message or call our office at (407) 478-4960.