When it comes to being able to afford your upcoming dental treatment, it’s likely you are looking at different ways to pay for your new smile. Whether through insurance or a financing plan, dental implants require higher upfront costs than a traditional bridge or dentures. Each step in the process incurs its own fee, and while most insurance companies do not pay for dental implants, certain aspects of your treatment may still be covered. At Bionica Dental Wellness, our team of expert professionals will work to help you save the most money while continuing to move along the path to a new and improved smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or speak to a friendly staff member.
Types of Dental Implants
Depending on the number of missing teeth you have, Dr. Holinbeck will determine the correct type of dental implant you will need to see a fully restored smile.
- Single Tooth Implant – Using a ceramic dental implant, the post will be surgically placed into the jawbone before having a single dental crown placed on top of the implant, effectively closing the gap and preserving more of your natural tooth structure.
- Implant Bridge – If you are missing more than one consecutive teeth from an arch, multiple dental implants can be used to support up to 4 missing teeth. Not only is this more cost-effective, but you will have a natural look and feel to your smile when completed.
- Implant-Retained Denture – Considered the costliest option, an implant-retained denture can be put into place if you are missing all your teeth along an arch. This provides greater stability, functionality while eating, chewing, and speaking, and when compared to dentures, it is more cost-effective because of its durability and longer lifespan.
What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
- Initial Consultation: The initial consultation will have a fee attached. This appointment allows Dr. Holinbeck to evaluate and assess your oral and overall health before crafting a treatment plan. Using 3D scanning technology, she will carefully create a guide that will be used when placing dental implants.
- Surgical Placement: Considered to be a surgical procedure, the actual placement of the implants will incur a separate fee. Using the guides created, the implants will be surgically placed into the jawbone and closed up to allow for proper healing. Typically, you can expect the recovery time to last anywhere from 3-6 months.
- Platelet Rich Fibrin: Since Dr. Holinbeck knows you want a new and improved smile more quickly, she can use Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) to encourage new, healthy tissue to grow and reduce any risk of complications.
- Custom Restoration: Once you are fully healed and the process of osseointegration has successfully occurred, your metal-free, custom-made dental restoration will be placed on top of the implant.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
If you consider the many benefits of dental implants, there is no denying that they are certainly worth the investment. While costly in the beginning, their livelihood and easy maintenance make them a much better solution and more cost-effective in the long run. Not only do dental implants restore the look of your smile, but they also engage your jawbone, keeping it stimulated, thus, improving your oral health from the root up.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
It is highly unlikely that your dental insurance company will pay for dental implants; however, more and more insurers are recognizing that implants are a viable alternative to traditional dentures and bridges. If you are struggling to determine how you will pay for your dental implant placement, and your dental insurance won’t cover the surgery, may we suggest checking to see if any parts of the implant process are covered (i.e. consultation, custom restoration).
No matter if you’re covered or not, financing options are available with CareCredit, allowing you to use a payment plan to alleviate much of the financial burden.