The Cost of Dental Implants

Feb 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Dental Implants, More dental news

Dental ImplantsAre you tired of uncomfortable dentures or partials that slip? Are you paranoid that everyone is staring at the gaps in your teeth? Is the shape of your face changing since you’ve had dentures? If so, it’s time to consider dental implants. You may have never considered them because they seem prohibitively expensive, but their up-front costs really aren’t much more than the lifetime costs of keeping your bridges or full dentures functioning properly.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a great alternative to traditional dentures and bridges. The procedure begins with Dr. Moiceanu cutting through the gum and drilling a hole into the underlying jaw bone where your tooth once was. A titanium rod is then inserted into this hole. After a period of healing in which the bone fuses around the rod and anchors it in place, an artificial tooth is attached to the abutment, which is the small post that extends beyond the gum. If you need all of your teeth replaced, Dr. Moiceanu can attach a set of dentures to a few strategically-placed implants. Tooth implants and implant-supported dentures are permanent, so you need never remove them for cleaning as you would with regular dentures or bridges.

Do I really need dental implants?

The answer to that question depends on how much you want to improve your appearance and break free from the hassles of your full or partial dentures. Dr. Moiceanu believes that implants are always a better choice over dentures for several reasons. Implants stimulate the jaw bone just as natural teeth do, so you will not experience the same amount of bone loss as you would with dentures. Over time, bone deterioration alters the facial appearance and changes the fit of your dentures, which requires frequent dental visits to correct. With implants, however, your teeth look and feel natural, and they require much less maintenance than dentures.

How can I afford dental implants?

Because implants are often not covered by insurance, you may think they are out of reach. Yes, they are a big cost up front, but when you consider how much you pay for dentures long-term, the costs are about the same. The bone loss that accompanies dentures requires frequent dental visits and refitting, so most patients think the up-front investment in implants is worth it in order to avoid so many hassles. If your insurance does not cover implants, Dr. Moiceanu accepts cash and most major credit cards. He also offers a cash discount and a senior discount. If none of these options is viable for you, he also offers financing through CareCredit so that you can start treatment immediately while making low-interest payments over time.

If you’re ready to invest in your future health and wellbeing, call Dr. Moiceanu at (510) 758-7222 to schedule a consultation for dental implants. At Hilltop Family Dental, we treat patients in Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules,  Benicia and the larger Contra Costa County.

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