The cost of dental implants can vary depending on factors unique to each patient. The best way to determine how much the placement of dental implants will cost is through a one-on-one consultation at our Houston office. During this meeting, we can discuss insurance options along with other methods of payment, including financing services, that can be used to cover the cost of dental implants along with the restorations they will be securing in place.
A Look at the Alternatives
Dental implants are not the only tooth replacement option offered by Dr. Konig. Dental bridges and dentures can be used without implants to restore appearance and some function to the bite. However, it is important to note that dental implants alone offer a full restoration of bite strength and remain the only option with the potential to last for a lifetime.
Longer lasting than the alternatives, dental implants are also the only form of tooth replacement that can prevent the jaw from collapsing in areas with missing teeth. Dental bridges and dentures will help prevent adjacent teeth from slipping out of place, but over time, your body will absorb minerals around the missing tooth root and change the structure of your jaw. Because they replace the roots of teeth, dental implants prevent this consequence of tooth loss.
Are Dental Implants Actually More Expensive?
Initially, alternatives to dental implants may seem less expensive, but a look at the true costs can tell a very different story. As mentioned above, one of the advantages offered by dental implants is permanence. By contrast, bridges and dentures will need to be replaced or repaired, sometimes as often as every five years, which can make them significantly more expensive over the course of a lifetime. What’s more, implants do not require ongoing costs, like purchasing adhesives or fixatives, or treating adjacent teeth to make them suitable for support. This can help make dental implants much more affordable over the long-term.
Less expensive in the long run, dental implants also offer non-economic benefits that cannot be matched by tooth replacement alternatives. These include:
- No risk of coming loose or falling out. Dentures can slip at inopportune times and bridges may shift out of position. Dental implants, once accepted by your jaw, will stay in place and continue to provide support
- No need for special care. Dentures may need to be removed for cleaning, which can pose quite the hassle. Dental implants are cleaned like natural teeth
- Completely natural-looking. The restorations used for dental implants tend to look and feel like natural teeth
There are, of course, benefits offered by all types of tooth replacement and no single solution is going to be ideal for every need. During your initial consultation, Dr. Konig will cover all of your options and help you choose which one will be best for the perfection of your smile.
To schedule your appointment with Dr. Konig, please call 713-668-2289. Located in Houston, Dr. Konig serves The Woodlands, Katy, Sugar Land, Conroe, and all surrounding areas of Texas.