Ask Dr. Baer: How much do Dental Implants cost?

December 2, 2014 |

Ask Dr. Baer, Dental Treatments

The Cost of Dental Implants

Dr. Christopher Baer, DMD, is an experienced dentist providing the latest and proven treatments in general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. He received advanced education in General Dentistry, followed by a year of extra training at the Audie L. Murphy V.A. Hospital in 2005.

As a cosmetic dentist of repute, Dr. Baer is sought after by patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO and surrounding communities. The respected 5280 publication has named Dr. Baer as a “5280 Top Dentist” for three years in a row from 2011 to 2013.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the most advanced technology available today to replace a missing tooth. It involves the replacement of the missing tooth root with an artificial root usually made of titanium. This root fuses with the bone in a natural way, which creates the foundation for the placement of a tooth structure that appears and functions almost identically as the natural tooth. The advanced technique of dental implants should be performed only by an experienced dentist to achieve successful and predictable results.

As a cosmetic dentist for patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO, Dr. Baer provides various treatment alternatives. If a patient is in need of tooth replacement, he will explain all the treatment options available, including dentures, dental bridges and dental implants. Once the patient understands the pros and cons of each procedure, he or she can make an informed choice in consultation with Dr. Baer. Dental implants are more convenient, aesthetically superior, more resilient, and longer lasting compared to other tooth replacement solutions.

Cost Factors in Dental Implants

The cost of dental implants may vary from one location to another and even from one dental practice to another within the same location. For instance, the cost of a tooth implant in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO may differ from the cost of the same procedure in Pittsburgh, PA. This happens because of the cost of living index may be different in both states. Costs of all types of services, including dental services may be affected by this index in a particular place.

Skills, experience, and reputation of the dentist who will perform the implant procedure may determine the fee charged by the dentist. Some dentists are more in demand for a particular procedure because of their specialized focus in that area. Due to the limitations of their time, they may charge a higher fee for the procedure. However, it is always better to choose the appropriate dental expert for a procedure, and keep the dentist’s fee as a secondary consideration only.

Apart from the skills of the cosmetic dentist, the involvement of the support staff and the availability of latest dental surgery technologies at the facility can also make a difference to the final outcome of a dental implant procedure. Patients should take all these factors into account while comparing the cost of an implant procedure between two dental practices in the same geographical area.

Insurance and Financing

Dental implant procedure may be performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons. In case the procedure is performed purely for cosmetic enhancement of the teeth, it may not be covered under the patient’s dental insurance policy. However, if the procedure is performed as a necessity to replace a missing or extracted tooth, the dental coverage may be available.

Financing options may be explored in advance in cases where insurance coverage is not available. The patient may also seek guidance or support from the dental office in advance and have the finances in place before going ahead with the procedure.