Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants – Lincoln, NE
Learn the Details of Your Dental Implant Costs
Dr. Reed and her team firmly believe that dental
implants are the most cost-effective solution to tooth loss. As a prosthodontist, she understands how damaging the
effects of tooth loss can be, and no other tooth replacement option truly restores your smile as well as
implant-supported restorations. Of course, patients often look at the price tag of dental implants with hesitation.
If you’re unsure why the cost of implants is so high or how you’ll pay for treatment, please take a
moment to learn more about how we evaluate your costs below! If you’d like to discuss your treatment plan in
person, contact her Lincoln, NE office today!
Types of Dental Implants
Since there are many different manufacturers of dental implants out there today, Dr. Reed will take the time to
review the variety of implants and materials available. We’ll review all viable options and choose one that
fits your unique dental needs. Keep in mind that out of all the factors that influence the cost of treatment, the
number of implants needed for tooth replacement is by far one of the most significant. It can also vary based on the
location the implant is placed. If you need preparatory treatments for successful implantation, including a bone or
tissue graft, it will influence the total cost as well.
What are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
When determining cost, you should always take the many steps of implant placement into consideration first. Your
treatment length will vary depending on how complex each stage of your surgery becomes. Implant placement consists
of three main stages: the placement stage, the healing stage and the restoration stage. During the healing stage,
you’ll need to practice daily oral care to ensure that your gums stay healthy as the implant integrates with
your bone tissue. Prior to placement, Dr. Reed will go over the restoration you’ll need to effectively replace
your teeth, whether it’s a single implant-retained crown or a more complex implant-retained denture.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
Most people are turned off by the high upfront cost of dental implants, but their long-term costs are typically
cheaper than other replacement methods, including more affordable options like dentures. This is because once dental
implants have fully integrated, they require no more maintenance than natural teeth. This cannot be said for
dentures, which require relining and repairing every few years and eventually replacing several years later.
Traditional bridges only have an average lifespan of about 10 years. Compared to the longevity of dental implants,
typically reaching between 25 years and a lifetime, the cost of maintenance and replacement is incomparable to
bridges and dentures.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Unfortunately, dental implants are largely seen as a cosmetic service by insurance companies, leaving most of their
costs uncovered. However, it may be possible to have certain aspects of your treatment covered, such as preparatory
treatments or the restoration itself. Our office is more than happy to process and file claims for most PPO dental
insurance providers, saving you the trouble of handling the paperwork yourself. We also offer CareCredit to make
payment for expensive treatments more manageable.