5 Things To Consider About Dental Implants

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Last updated on August 25th, 2018 at 04:52 pm

Dental Implants are alternatives to dentures that have a lot of advantages, however, the costs for dental implants are higher. Dental implants are a solid long-term solution when it comes to replacing lost teeth, but they are not cheap. Most people find that the advantages far outweigh the extra costs.

1. Dental Implants Beat Dentures or Bridges

anatomy of dental implants IndianapolisYou may already know that dentures, bridges, and dental implants can all replace missing teeth.

A bridge to replace teeth works by filing two adjacent teeth. This process can make the teeth weaker and more prone to tooth decay. The problems with dentures is that they often have problems with fitting properly, and they can also interfere with your sense of taste.

For a dental implant, your oral surgeon specialist will place a titanium screw into your jawbone. Once that is completed, you will come back to have a prosthetic tooth attached to the screw. A properly inserted dental implant has no physical disadvantages and has very good longevity.

2. You Will Pay a Bit More For Dental Implants

The main problem with dental implants for most folks is the cost.

Unfortunately, dental implants are rarely, if ever, covered by your dental or health insurance.

Dental implants can cost as much as $3,000 to $4,500 for a single tooth, in some instances. Your regular dentist may refer you to an Indianapolis oral surgeon.

If you require a dental implant near a sinus cavity or nerve, it is worth paying for an oral surgeon who is specialized in such procedures.

3. Not All Dental Implants Are Created Equal

Most cosmetic dentists use dental implants that are made by the original Swedish manufacturer. Research studies have shown that these dental implants have high success rates (as high as 90% or more).

Be aware that there are also some generic, newer dental implants available that are cheaper but likely have not been studied closely enough yet. So speak with your cosmetic dentist in Indianapolis about which type of implant they use and also about the success rate that they have had with it.

4. There May Be Ways To Get Discounts on Dental Implants

You may want to consider joining a discount plan. A quick Google search should provide you with a few options. Most of them charge an annual fee of around $80-$99, and they usually offer a 15%-25% discount on dental implants. Be extra vigilant when screening these companies, and be sure to ask about pricing and availability before you join.

You also could visit a dental school. Advanced dental students attending some local oral-surgery programs might do dental implants under close, watchful supervision for a good bit less than the usual cost. You can find local dental schools in your area at the American Dental Association. Some might consider this a higher risk, however.

5. Timing Of Dental Implants Indianapolis Can Also Help

Dental implants are typically a two-part process. First comes the putting in of the implant, as we mentioned above. Next comes covering it with a prosthetic dental crown 6-12 weeks later.dental implants Indianapolis timing

If you know you for certain that you need dental implants, it may be beneficial for some to schedule the initial procedure towards the end of the calendar year, then go back to have the crown put on early in the following year. This way, you may be able to use 2 years’ worth of your pretax FSA, or flexible spending account, from your work to pay a good chunk of the cost. Some people in a high tax bracket may reap as much as 30% savings.

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