Investing in Your Smile
The dental implant procedure differs on a case-by-case basis. When you come in for your initial consultation with Dr. Whiteman, he will perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health and determine your candidacy for dental implants. He will also make recommendations for any other work that might be needed before you are considered a suitable implant candidate. Prior to implant placement, patients will often require:
- Periodontal Disease Treatment - Healthy tissue is required before an implant can be placed, so patients with periodontal disease will first need to have their gum health restored.
- Bone Grafting - For patients with insufficient jawbone density or mass, a bone augmentation procedure may be recommended to strengthen the treatment area.
- Sinus Lift - This specialized bone grafting procedure is often necessary for implants that will be placed in the back upper portion of the mouth. Moving the floor of the sinus and placing a graft can create thick, dense bone tissue to support an implant in this area.
Patients who require one or more of these procedures can expect a higher dental implant treatment cost than those who only need minimal preparatory work.
Two additional factors that will determine the total cost of your treatment are the types of implants you choose and the materials that your restorations will be made from. Depending on your existing bone structure and the location and number of your missing teeth, Dr. Whiteman will recommend traditional or mini implants. For certain patients, we are able to provide restorations using our in-office CEREC® machine that creates crowns from milled porcelain using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technologies. Choosing high quality, durable materials like milled porcelain will ensure your restorations last for years to come. Lastly, decisions like the type of anesthesia you choose will affect your treatment cost.
Previously, medical and dental insurance plans did not cover the cost of dental implants unless a patient's tooth loss was related to another condition. However, there are now some providers that offer limited coverage and discount plans for implants as part of their benefits package. Our staff is happy to check with your insurance provider to find out if you are eligible.
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Repairing a smile after tooth loss can be an invaluable investment in your quality of life. If you have any questions about the dental implant procedure or associated costs, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.