Dental implants have been available for many decades. However, for most patients, they are still a relatively new concept. When considering the cost of dental implants and comparing quotes in the Prescott area, there are several important points that you should keep in mind.
The Longevity Benefit
When comparing the cost of dental implants in Prescott to other tooth replacement methods such as dentures and bridges, it’s important to take into consideration the longevity offered by dental implants that is not always afforded by other, more traditional methods.
While dentures and bridges are initially less expensive, their affordability can be short lived. This is because they are older methods that do require repair and replacement every 5 to 10 years, as a result they are often more expensive over time. By contrast, dental implants, when properly placed and cared for, can last a lifetime.
Your Jawbone Health
Over time, when a tooth is missing, the jawbone deteriorates. So while a denture or bridge may seem to function similarly to a tooth, underneath the surface there is damage being done to the jawbone and ultimately to the structure of the face. This can result in the alteration of the shape of a person’s face, leading to additional cosmetic costs down the road.
On the other hand, dental implants are made from titanium, which actually integrates with the jawbone, strengthening it and stimulating bone growth. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the mouth, thus lessening any problems in the future.
Improve Quality of Life
Dental implants can be seen as a long-term investment not only in terms of money, but also in terms of the quality of life. A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth. In addition to allowing the patient to eat the same healthy foods he or she has always enjoyed, it also eliminates the every day hassles and possible embarrassment that are frequently caused by dentures.
Comparing Dental Implant Costs
There are many steps (and often multiple professionals) involved in the placement of dental implants. When comparing the costs and quotes, it’s important to factor in the price of each of these steps:
- Exams/office visits
- Tooth/root extraction
- Bone grafting
- Placement of the titanium root (the “dental implant”)
- Placement of the crown
- X-rays, pre/post operative care
Dental Implant Insurance & Financing
Initially you will want to check with your dental insurance provider and see what portion of dental implants they cover. There are health care credit companies that may offer no-interest and low-interest loans for medical procedures including dental implants.
Dental Implants are an investment in your health as well as your appearance. A full set of teeth makes eating a pleasure again, making it easier to eat a balanced, healthy diet. A full set of teeth also preserves the contours of the face, keeping you from looking old before your time.
Schedule With Prescott Dental Arts
You can receive an accurate price quote by contacting our Prescott dental office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Herbert. At that point, we can give you a specific price for your situation.
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Prescott, AZ 86301
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