How Implant Cost is Determined Based on Case Severity

The cost of having dental implants placed often varies on a case by case basis dependent upon a patients needs, wants, and goals. One of the biggest factors that determines the overall implant cost is the severity of the case, meaning what a patient needs are and how difficult this is to achieve. When it comes to replacing missing or failing teeth, location in the mouth plays a big role as does a patient’s underlying conditions. But what conditions and areas make the biggest difference? Below, you’ll find a description of what conditions may impact the dental implant cost and why:  
Why Specific Conditions Impact Dental Implant Cost
Ultimately, the cost of dental implants boils down to the fact that a difficult, time consuming, and resource heavy case, will cost more than a simple one. However, many patients do not understand why certain conditions require additional resources or time and how that impacts their budget. The more you know on the factors that impact your oral health, the better you’ll be able to make informed decisions. Single Tooth Replacement vs. Multiple Tooth Replacement This simply comes down to the numbers. If all other parts of the mouth are healthy, replacing multiple teeth with dental implants will always cost more because of the additional resources used and time needed to perform the surgery. However, replacing multiple teeth all at once versus replacing the same number of teeth one at a time will often be the opposite and cost less, due to implant supported bridges and dentures requiring fewer implants than replacing them individually. Location of the Teeth to be Replaced Certain areas of the mouth are more challenging to restore teeth than others. The “aesthetic zone,” or area of the mouth that shows when you smile, can often increase the cost due to the fact that implants placed here need to be exactly precise in order to blend in with surrounding teeth and appear natural. Also, teeth in the upper back of the mouth can be more challenging because a patient may require a sinus lift to add bone. A sinus lift is an advanced procedure that requires a doctor to have technology and expertise to achieve optimal results before implants can be placed. Underlying Conditions that Prevent Implant Placement Implants require a healthy mouth in order to be successful. This means any underlying conditions will need to be addressed prior to implant placement. These treatments can impact the overall implant cost as well as take more time to complete and heal. The two most common are bone loss and gum disease. Without proper jaw bone support, an implant will not be secure in the mouth. Through bone grafting, this can be remedied prior to implant surgery. Gum disease also will need to be eradicated to ensure there is a healthy foundation for the implant. Treatment for gum disease and the upkeep of oral health to prevent a recurrence of the disease is required prior to implant surgery.  
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Find out if you’re oral health is ready for implants by reaching out to your local dentist, William F. Lane, D.M.D. and William M. Lane MD, DMD, MBA, in our office in Sandwich, MA and set up a consultation!

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