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Dental Implant Cost: What Should You Expect?
Are you seeking affordable dental implants in Torrance, CA? Dr. Steve S. Kim, a dental implant dentist with a specialization in Prosthodontics from Boston University’s Goldman School of Dentistry, provides state-of-the-art implant dentistry for residents of the South Bay area, including Palos Verdes, Carson and Hawthorne, and surrounding regions in California.
Only a few years ago, dental implants were considered an expensive luxury solution for tooth replacement that few could actually afford, and many dental insurance companies did not cover the procedure. Today, advancements in the science of implant dentistry have made dental implants far more affordable in recent years. In fact, dentists now recommend dental implants as the tooth replacement option of choice for patients who are eligible for this treatment. Patients also report far more comfort, satisfaction, and confidence after being fitted with dental implants, and find them a far superior solution in comparison to dentures, partial dentures, and dental bridges.
Long-Term Cost of Dental Implant
While many people have thought of dental implants as unaffordable, in reality, the cost of dental implants must be assessed over time, taking into consideration the benefits as well as the expenses over the long term.
While the initial price tag of your investment in dental implants may seem steep, remember that dental implants may last for decades, and save you money as well as headaches by avoiding the need for regular maintenance, upkeep, and replacement of dentures, partial dentures, or a bridge. The fact that dental implants also stabilize your remaining teeth and encourage bone regeneration that will also prevent you from losing more teeth over time, represents a substantial amount of money when measured over many years.
Clearly, cost should not be a deterrent if you have missing teeth and want to restore a natural and functional bite, as no other solution will restore your bite and protect your bone health like dental implants. Dental implants provide a far superior tooth replacement solution over traditional dentures and dental bridges in many ways. Many of our patients in Torrance and nearby communities are happy to report that dental implants from Steve S. Kim, DDS turned out to be less expensive in the long run than regular upkeep and replacement of dentures and bridges, as well as the potential costs associated with the loss of additional teeth.
Saving Money on Dental Implants
According to The New York Times, the estimated cost range for a single tooth implant is typically around $3,000 to $4,500. If you see an advertisement for dental implants that seems too good to be true, it probably is. These ads often leave out crucial information, and the prices quoted usually do not include all of the associated expenses required for dental implants, as this procedure involves a series of steps from start to finish, and these steps may vary between patients, depending on a wide number of variables. For example, some patients may need to have a root canal or extraction done prior to the procedure, or they may need a bone graft in order to support the implant.
Normally, a properly trained dental implant dentist will not give you a price estimate without first conducting a thorough oral exam and evaluation, and this too will become part of the total cost of treatment. This initial evaluation requires a full set of X-rays, and must consider such factors as the number of teeth that are missing, where those teeth are located, and their positions in relation to one another, and the overall health and condition of your underlying bone tissue.
All of these considerations will need to be factored into the cost of your dental implant procedure, as well as any other preparatory treatments you may need before you can safely get implants. The entire process of tooth replacement using dental implants will typically include several costs, such as extraction(s), bone grafting, gum treatments, abutment(s), and crown(s). Dr. Kim may recommend an “immediate load/immediate function” set of provisional teeth that you may wear while your permanent set is being crafted at the lab.
The best way to save money on dental implants is to choose an experienced dental implant dentist who can help you select the most economical treatment plan while making sure that all of your specific and unique preparatory requirements are included in the treatment.
To learn more about dental implants in Torrance, CA as well as the comprehensive treatment plans and payment options offered at Steve S. Kim, DDS for South Bay area residents, contact our office to speak to our knowledgeable staff and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim.
How Dental Implants Improve Your Oral Health
Dental implants are not only more comfortable, better looking, and more functional than dentures and dental bridges, they also provide a whole gamut of advantages for your oral health. Because dentures, partial dentures, and bridges may fit poorly and may affect your ability to eat and talk properly, they don’t provide the correct and necessary stimulation to the bone and gum tissue that normal chewing provides. Conversely, dental implants provide this necessary and natural stimulation, encouraging bone tissue regeneration and preventing additional bone loss. Dental implants also help to stabilize neighboring teeth, which means you will lose fewer teeth down the road, if any.
Dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, and since they are attached to your jawbone, there is low risk of slipping or moving, which protects the health of your gum and bone over time. Dental implants also restore your ability to eat and chew normally, which improves your overall health as you can include a wider variety of foods into your diet, particularly fresh fruits and vegetables which are sometimes difficult to eat while wearing dentures.
If you are a resident of Torrance, CA or an adjacent community in the South Bay area and you want the latest in state-of-the-art comprehensive dental care, including the most advanced treatments and procedures for dental implants, contact Dr. Steve S. Kim, a dental implant dentist specialized in Prosthodontics. Dr. Kim has over 13 years of experience providing the most advanced implant dentistry for South Bay area residents in Torrance, Palos Verdes, Carson and Hawthorne, and nearby vicinities in California.