Affordable Dental Implants: Your Questions, Answered

Senior couple smile with dental implants

How much is your smile worth to you? 

When it comes to the cost of dental implants, some people feel like they have to decide between their smile and their bank account. For those without dental insurance, the decision becomes even more challenging. Is self-esteem worth the cost of dental work? 

For many people, it is. Dental implants have the ability to transform your smile and your life. But how much do they cost, exactly, and what are the options? 

Affordable dental implants can be a reality. If you have questions about the cost of dental implants, read these FAQs to have your questions answered.

What Are Dental Implants?

If you are missing a tooth, a dental implant is one way to replace it. Implants are different from dentures as they are surgically implanted

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Normally, your tooth is connected to your jaw with a root. If you’ve ever had a root canal, you’re aware of this part of the dental anatomy. In the case of an implant, your periodontist will replace the root with a mental post. 

The metal root allows a realistic artificial tooth to attach to your mouth. Unlike bridges or dentures, the tooth will be more or less permanently in place. You will take care of any artificial teeth just as you would take care of the natural teeth in your mouth. 

If you lost an arm, you’d get fitted for an arm prosthesis. A dental implant is like a prosthesis for your mouth. Your implanted tooth will do everything your natural teeth can do, and nobody will be able to tell that it isn’t natural. 

For many individuals, a dental implant builds self-confidence and improves self-esteem. Individuals with dental implants smile more. If you are missing teeth for any reason, a dental implant from Arizona Periodontal Group’s qualified professionals will significantly improve your quality of life. 

What Are the Cheapest Dental Implants?

When it comes to your oral health, it can feel strange to wonder about the “cheapest,” option. After all, we use our teeth every single day. The price of dental implants can seem like a barrier for some individuals, however, so it’s good to know your options. 

It’s important to remember that an implant is like an investment in your long-term oral health. Your jaw shape will change as you age. Implants can ensure that you will not lose other teeth as you go through these changes over time. 

The cost of implants will vary based on your individual needs. A full set of implants will cost more than replacing an individual tooth. If your implant requires a bone graft, it will also cost more. 

The most affordable implant would be an individual implant that does not utilize any custom components. If our periodontist or oral surgeon can use on-hand stock components, your implant will be less expensive than an implant requiring custom-made posts or crowns. 

If you have dental insurance, it may cover part of the cost of your procedure. 

As every case is unique, it’s important to get a consultation from a qualified oral surgeon, like Dr. Trujillo. He can advise you about the specific costs involved in your individual case. 

What Can I Do If I Can’t Afford Dental Implants?

Are you open to financing? Arizona Periodontal Group offers payment plans that can help make the cost of your dental implant procedure more manageable. Implants can have a long-term impact on your health, and payment plans allow our periodontists and surgeons to help more individuals. 

Flexible spending or health savings accounts can also be helpful ways to pay for your dental implants. If not, you might consider spacing out your procedures to make surgery more affordable. No matter what you decide, your team at Arizona Periodontal Group will work with you to find an affordable solution. 

Is There a Cheaper Alternative to Dental Implants?

Both dental bridges and dentures are options that can help replace teeth. Unlike implants, these options are not permanent and will require more maintenance. They are less expensive because they do not require surgery.

Dental Bridge

dental bridge uses your existing teeth to anchor an artificial tooth in your mouth. If that is not possible, bridges might be bonded to your mouth using resin. A bridge is not removable but may need to be replaced over time. 

Full or Partial Dentures

If you have lost all of your teeth, you may opt for full dentures. Individuals who have lost fewer teeth might opt for partial dentures

Dentures are removable replacement teeth attached to an artificial gum that can be placed in the mouth. Like your dental bridge, your dentures may require maintenance or replacement over time. 

How Much Should Dental Implants Cost in 2021?

The exact cost of your procedure will always depend on your individual oral health situation. Your individual procedure may be more or less expensive depending on the materials used. On average, a single dental implant might cost between $1,500 and $3,000 in the year 2021, plus the cost of surgery. 

Multiple dental implants will increase the price. If you require a full mouth of dental implants, the price will vary greatly depending on your needs. Your best bet is to consult with our periodontist to discuss the cost of your individual procedure. 

Remember that Arizona Periodontal Group offers flexible payment plans that can make your procedure considerably more affordable. We will come up with a plan that works for your situation. Do not let cost stand between you and a confident new smile. 

Get Affordable Dental Implants From Arizona Periodontal Group 

If you have missing teeth, a dental implant is an attractive, permanent solution. Although every individual’s situation is different, affordable dental implants are possible. Your smile is worth the cost!

If you would like more information on the cost of your individual procedure, start with a consultation. The periodontal specialists at Arizona Periodontal Group are here to help. Request an appointment today to learn more about your options for tooth replacement in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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