If you are considering dental implants, you most likely have many questions. Am I a good candidate? Are there different types of implants and what are the differences? What are my options? And finally when considering implants, what are the costs involved? This may be your biggest concern? The questions are many and can go on and on. The following are a number of additional questions that may arise and can be addressed during your dental implant evaluation at New Jersey Oral & maxillofacial Surgery Associates:
- What are the stages of treatment for dental implants?
- Will tooth extractions be necessary prior to dental implant surgery?
- Whether or not bone grafting will be required?
- How many and which teeth are being replaced?
- What type of dental implants will be used and what are their costs?
- After my implants are placed are there additional costs?
- What type of material will be used to fabricate your final dental implant restoration?
Where and how do I begin to answer all these questions?
The most important concept that patients must consider is to first identify in their own minds what exactly your problems are and what are you looking to accomplish? These 2 questions may appear or sound trivial but the answers to them are the basis for any future implant planning. An example may be, my teeth hurt and I want to function and be without pain, or, I have dentures and I do not want any removable dental prosthetic devices, I want permanent teeth. These 2 responses will invoke 2 totally different treatment options.
Are there different treatment options if I consider Dental Implants?
There are a wide variety of treatment options that are acceptable when considering dental implants. The most efficient way to begin the process is to have an understanding of the questions proposed above. A thorough evaluation from a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon is absolutely the best way to get started. At New Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates we can readily help you to identify and determine exactly what you are looking to accomplish and fully evaluate you for the appropriate treatment that will address your needs. Much of this consultation process, which many times will require radiographs and more sophisticated imaging studies, will very often be covered by major medical insurance carriers. In our office, most times if you are moving ahead with treatment, these fees may be applied to your eventual treatment costs.
What are the stages of treatment for dental implants?
Your entire treatment planning and treatment will be coordinated by one of the Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons at New Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates. Coordination of treatment will require contact and discussion with your personal restorative dentist. The placement of an implant fixture will include surgical placement of the dental implant itself (the fixture that is implanted in your jaw), continued post-surgical follow up and finally post-surgical evaluation with the eventual exposure of the fixture. The exposure of the implant fixture will allow your treating restorative dentist to fully restore the dental implant. Your dentist will then be responsible for fabricating your final dental prosthesis.
What are the potential costs of dental implants in Bergen County, NJ?
While dental implants are now considered the preferred replacement for missing teeth, it is important to understand that they are not your only option. We fully understand that you will need to consider the costs in order to make your final decision. As you begin to understand the cost of a single-tooth dental implant in Bergen County, you will see that it is based on many variables. When you evaluate costs, it is critical that you are aware of exactly what you are receiving with respect to implant materials, the implant manufacturer itself and most important, who is providing the service! In our practice (New Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates), you will be treated, 100% by a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. You should be aware that there is no recognized A.D.A. (American Dental Association) dental specialty for placing dental implants and that Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are without question the most highly qualified and trained dental specialist for evaluation and placement of dental implants. The surgical placement of a single implant fixture will include the cost of the dental implant and you can be assured that this fixture in our office is a Zimmer, Inc. product. Zimmer, Inc. implant fixtures and associated regenerative products are of the highest quality. Zimmer, Inc. has been in the implant business for well over 60 years and is a leader in the dental implant industry (and in the orthopedic implant industry as well, which is the basis for all dental implants). The name of the implant manufacturer is critical to your evaluation in assessing the cost of treatment in your decision making process. There are currently well over 100 implant companies producing implant fixtures and implants are produced in all areas of the world. After-market products are readily available and used routinely by many offices and clinics in our area, this is important to identify! With all these factors under consideration the cost of a single dental fixture as defined above, in our office does not exceed $2,300.00/implant.
How much does it cost to replace an entire mouth with dental implants?
Once again, to answer this question many variables are at play and most important after an in depth evaluation this may not be necessary or advisable. If you need to have teeth extracted and bone grafting is necessary, this may add significantly to your total treatment costs. These variables will be readily identified and explained early on in your surgical evaluation. There are also many variations in fees depending on the type of full-arch dental implant restoration you’re considering. When considering replacement of an entire arch or mouth there will be decisions regarding the type of dental prosthesis. As part of the planning process it is important for your implant team to identify the end result prior to the surgical placement of any implant fixture. Implant-supported dentures may be advisable as some restorations can be fixed in a more permanent fashion. There is also a Full Arch on 4 Implants option that replaces an entire upper or lower arch of missing teeth with potentially only four implant fixtures in a short period of time.
Will insurance cover the costs of dental implants?
More insurance companies are beginning to recognize the benefits of dental implants and some do cover at least part of the costs involved. They may cover the restorations attached to the implants, but not the implants themselves. Medical insurance may pay for dental implants in isolated circumstances, when injuries are involved or when dental implants are needed to reconstruct the mouth after oral cancer. Insurance coverage is variable from carrier to carrier and we advise that you contact your insurance providers to learn more about the specific coverage they may provide.
Are dental implants worth it?
We encourage you to see for yourself! Dental implants can now predictably provide improved oral function and aesthetics. We have literally thousands of patients who are thrilled with the results of their dental implant surgery. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. They prevent further bone loss and degradation of the jaw, an improved and stronger bite and more youthful appearance. If you currently have traditional dentures, dental implants will enable you to say good-bye to ill-fitting dentures and messy denture adhesives. Slipping, loose dentures and irritating gums will be gone forever.
Learn More About Dental Implants
If you’d like to learn and understand more about dental implants and their benefits, contact our office today to schedule an appointment for a consultation with a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon at one of our three convenient office locations.