The dentist industry’s worth $137.6 billion and for good reason. 7 billion people on the planet mean 7 billion tooth-filled mouths.
Dental implants have been growing rapidly in popularity as an effective way to replace damaged or missing teeth and restore a healthy and natural smile. If you’re a candidate for a dental implant, you may have questions about the cost, the role of dental insurance, and what payment options are available. Cosmetic dentist David Redford and his skilled staff at University Dental Arts are on hand to discuss your options and make dental implants work for you.
Before you can decide if dental implants are right for you, it’s important to understand exactly what a dental implant is. A dental implant procedure involves an oral surgeon embedding one or more “anchors” to your jawbone. Once the anchor has healed and properly fused to the jawbone, your cosmetic dentist can install an abutment and attach either removable or permanent prosthetics ranging from a single crown to bridges or dentures. A dental implant is much stronger and sturdier than traditional bridges or dentures, and is commonly regarded as the top of the line in tooth replacement.
Most dental implant procedures are not fully covered by insurance at this time. With the availability of dental crowns and bridges, relatively new treatments like dental implants are often considered elective. The average dental implant tends to cost between $1,500 and $3,000 per tooth for the abutment and crown alone, plus additional costs for implant placement with an oral surgeon. But that price tag does not have to put the dental implant procedure you want out of the realm of possibility. While those who can afford it can certainly pay for a dental implant in one lump sum, most patients opt to work out a payment plan.
If your insurance does not fully cover the cost of dental implants and you cannot afford to pay for the procedure outright, you still have several options. You may consider paying with a credit card, or you may work out a payment plan with your dental office.
University Dental Arts is one of many dental offices that are receptive to financing extensive procedures like dental implants through individualized payment plans. A payment plan works in much the same way as a credit card – instead of paying in one lump sum, you are able to pay off the balance for your procedure little by little in monthly installments with nominal interest. A set up like this can make even expensive treatments much more manageable.
It is a fact that dental implants can carry a significant price tag. But when weighing your options, it is also important to weigh the costs of dental implants against the cost of ignoring your dental needs or opting for a lesser treatment.
Too many people put off necessary dental work for years, only to find themselves in need of much more extensive dental work in the future. By working with your dental office to work out a payment plan, a dental implant procedure can be within your reach.
At University Dental Arts, cosmetic dentist David Redford is committed to restoring your smile and your confidence. Call (303) 534-7797 to contact our Denver dental office and discuss your dental implant payment options.
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