The decision to get dental implants is an important one, with many different factors to consider. Some of the most common questions we hear from our patients are regarding the cost of dental implants in West Milford, but people also want to know what they can expect from the process and whether the results they get will be worth the time and expense involved. Below, you’ll find answers to questions about getting dental implants.
How much do dental implants cost in West Milford, NJ?
The term “dental implants” is used to encompass a wide range of restorative options, ranging from single-tooth implants and crowns when only one tooth needs to be replaced and full dentures that replace an entire arch of teeth. As you might imagine, the costs involved in each of these types of restorations varies dramatically.
The cost of a single-tooth dental implant in West Milford, NJ is anywhere between $3000 and $4500. If you have a few teeth missing in a row, an implant-supported bridge can cost $5000 to $15,000, depending on the number of teeth being replaced. Implant supported dentures can cost up to $50,000. It’s also important to consider that your total expenses will be even higher if you need supplemental procedures like bone grafts, extractions, or a sinus lift.
An increasing number of dental insurance plans are covering at least some of the costs involved in getting dental implants, and both FSA and HSA funds can be used towards dental implant costs as well. There are other options available to help make dental implants more affordable too; we can discuss these with you during your consultation appointment.
Are dental implants worth it?
With all the time and money involved in getting dental implants, it’s easy to see why so many patients wonder if they’re even worth it. From the perspective of patients and from dentists, the answer is yes. Dental implants help you avoid bone loss in the jaw, which keeps your teeth in good condition and prevents the premature aging caused by facial collapse. Implants help restore your confidence and quality of life because they look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime—they’re permanent replacements for the roots of missing teeth and once they’re surgically implanted and osseointegration occurs, they’re meant to stay in place. You may need to replace the restorations attached to your dental implants at some point, but not the implants themselves as long as you practice good oral hygiene, see your dentist regularly, and follow our aftercare instructions.
What is the downside of dental implants?
For many patients, the most significant downside of dental implants is the cost involved. Setting this aside, the other primary downside is that getting dental implants is a surgical procedure and all the usual risks apply—there is a possibility of infection, damage to surrounding tissues and bone, nerve damage, and implant failure.
Are dental implants safe?
Yes, dental implants have been in use for over 50 years and have a record of safety and success. As long as you choose a skilled dental professional to perform your dental implant surgery and follow your aftercare instructions, there is very little risk of complications or dental implant failure.
Why is a tooth implant so expensive?
First, dental implants are a surgery—this alone makes them more expensive than a non-surgical procedure like placing a dental bridge or crown. Implant posts are made with surgical-grade biocompatible titanium, which is another cost, and a high quality dental restoration to attach to your implant is also a significant expense. Dental implants usually require multiple procedures, sometimes with more than one specialist, along with imaging, sedation and/or anesthesia, and sometimes supplemental surgeries like tooth extractions or bone grafts. These costs add up quickly, particularly if your insurance does not cover any of your expenses.