If you are trying to figure the ins and outs of implants, the cost may appear high, but appearances can be deceiving. If you examine the beneficial health differences and the time involved by your specialist implants are always well worth the expense. While I have written on those issues before, let’s explore the price and how dental implants vary depending on differing factors.
The real concern for the patient is ‘where and how’ to find a low cost quality dental implant. Predominantly, the driven adjective ‘low cost’ is a result of the perception by patients that teeth are utilitarian to their daily life. Knowing that your teeth aren’t really as appreciated as much as they should be, let’s examine what goes into the cost of a dental implant.
4 Factors that Drive the Cost of Dental Implants:
The traditional materials of cobalt-chromium alloy and titanium are not the same. Implants from cobalt-chromium (CC) alloy rods are cheaper than comparable titanium implants, but when it comes to zirconium dioxide, then cost of a dental implant may appear to be cost prohibitive to the patient. But, depending on where the implant is being placed, you may end up with a less than satisfactory result with the less expensive CC implant.
This case is a significant factor. The bigger the implant, the more material, the more it costs, but also the more it may do. Also, special coatings applied to the surface of the implant, contribute to better osseo-integration with the bone, will affect the cost of the dental implant.
Different manufacturers put different prices on similar rods made from the same material. Some manufacturers include some kind of an extra charge in the dental implant’s price for their brand name. Then there are cheaper knock-offs with higher failure rates and no warranties. As a patient you will never know the difference until it’s too late.
Finally, it’s the dentist. If your dentist is willing to sacrifice long term quality for short term profits you are going to get an inferior restoration and ultimately you will pay the price over the long run. Finding a true health care provider requires diligence on your part. You have to do the research as to the reputation of your provider.
If the price is too good to be true?
The cost of an dental implant starts from around $1,500 up to $5,000.00. Anything less may be an indicator that you’re getting an inferior product or one not designed for a particular location in your mouth. Short term the implant device may appear to be fully functional. But if we look at the cost and the cost of other materials for dental implants compared to their operational life, the difference may be likened to the difference between Toyo’s and Michelin tires. Here again you may get what you pay for and the initial cost may appear affordable, but in the long term you are going to get a better result with respect to how it functions and how long it lasts if your provider installs Michelins.
It’s not to say the more you spend the better you will be. Rather, a reputable practitioner, who is truly trained in the placement and restoration (and this may be two providers), may be a significant factor in what you end up with and what it costs. Trust and reputation are the more difficult factors to define for the patient.
If we can be of service or answer any of your concerns please feel free to contact us.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
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