How Much Do Implant Supported Dentures Cost?
If you are a patient considering the use of implant supported dentures as a way to restore the appearance and functionality of your mouth, you may be wondering about the cost. There are several factors that contribute to the cost associated with implanted dentures that will be discussed here.
Perhaps the most obvious contributor to the cost associated with implanted dentures is the overall health of your mouth. The condition of your teeth, jaw, and gums play a huge role in determining the scope of the implants you need and will directly contribute to the cost of treatment. Some patients may only require a partial treatment area whereas other patients will need to have an entire upper or lower jaw corrected with several implants. If a treatment area requires more implants to correct the issue, the associated costs will be higher than a partial correction. Additionally, some patients with extensive tooth decay, gum disease, or who require bone grafts, will need to have these conditions addressed prior to receiving the implants. These preparatory treatments are often not included in the cost of an implant supported denture and can range from several hundred dollars to a few thousand.
A second contributor to the cost of treatment is the type of implant used. Patients that utilize traditional implants can expect to pay between $1,600 and $2,200 per implant. For patients that do not qualify for traditional implants, due to health of the underlying bone structure, mini dental implants may be an alternative and generally run between $500 to $1,500 each. The difference between the two types of implant revolves around stability with traditional dental implants offering a higher level than mini implants. While mini implants are less expensive than traditional implants, they do not offer the same support and can be more likely to require replacement.
The material used in the implanted denture will also directly impact the cost of treatment. Patients can find low cost dentures for as little as a few hundred dollars but will often find that they sacrifice comfort, stability, and appearance when compared to a more durable denture material. Higher end materials, wile much more durable and attractive, can cost as much as $5,000.
The quality and experience of the dentist you use is another contributor to the cost of implanted dentures. Patients will often find that a more reputable or experienced dentist will charge more than other providers that lack the experience or record of success. While it is an important consideration, patients should realize that selecting a more experienced dentist will benefit them in the long run as the chance of implant failure is reduced. No patient wants to have to incur expensive replacements so choosing the right provider can reduce the need for future replacements or procedures.
A final cost consideration is that many dental insurance companies will not cover the costs associated with dental implant treatments. Patients will often have to cover the implant treatment costs themselves and as a result, may find that traditional dentures are a more attractive option since they are often at least partially covered by insurance. Important attention should be paid to your dental benefits prior to beginning any treatment.
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