Yes, Dental Implants Are Amazing, but Can You Afford Them?

How much does a tooth implant cost

How much does a tooth implant cost?

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have only an average of 25.5 teeth remaining. This is a staggering statistic when you think about it, considering adults should have 32 teeth. And this simply highlights the concern about our oral health, as tooth decay and gum disease are linked to increased risk of illnesses that affect your overall health.

Let us also mention that when we’re missing teeth, especially as adults, it can keep us from smiling, negatively affecting our mental health. So if you are missing teeth, chances are that you are considering replacement options. And that means you are wondering, “How much does a tooth implant cost?”

When it comes to dental implants in Boise, Idaho, there is no concrete number for the cost. Patients come to us with varying circumstances and may need either one or multiple implants, and sometimes need additional procedures.

The following factors can impact how much a tooth implant will cost.

  • The number of tooth implants you need
  • The location of the tooth or teeth that the implants will replace
  • Preliminary treatment required for the tooth implant process
  • Required X-rays and CT scans
  • Implant material
  • Where you live (as certain areas where there is a higher cost of living may be associated with higher fees)

When patients are trying to figure out how much their tooth implant case will cost, we encourage them to think of implants as an investment in their health. Dental implants are not a quick fix like dentures are. Instead, implants are a long-term solution designed to help you regain your smile and prevent other long-term health effects related to missing teeth. And best of all, dental implants are designed to last forever.

Does insurance cover dental implants?

Whether your insurance company will cover your dental implant treatment also varies. Some insurance companies view implants as a cosmetic procedure that is not medically necessary. However, missing teeth can contribute to jawbone loss and gum disease, the latter of which has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.

In most cases, patients use their medical and dental insurance for partial or full coverage (usually partial). This said, we recommend that patients contact their insurance companies either before or after their dental evaluations to answer these questions:

  • Does my plan cover dental implants?
  • What percentage of the dental implant process does my policy cover?
  • Do I have an annual maximum out-of-pocket cost, and if so, how much is it?
  • Does my out-of-pocket maximum apply to dental implants?
  • Do I need referral documentation from my dentist before the dental implant process begins?

To help you work through answers to the above questions, the administrative team at Staley Dental can partner with you and your insurance company to determine your coverage based on your recommended treatment plan.

Other Means of Paying for Your Dental Implants

Whether or not your medical or dental insurance covers the cost of your implants, we believe strongly that if you are missing teeth and your dentist feels you are a candidate, you should go ahead with the process. If you need dental implants, the bottom line is that they are an excellent and worthwhile investment.

Many dental offices, such as Staley Dental, offer financing options that make it easier to manage the payments for any non-covered expenses related to your dental implants. A popular solution for many patients is CareCredit, a financing solution that helps you pay for those out-of-pocket expenses. It’s similar to a credit card but different in that once you are approved, CareCredit offers various no-interest payment plans. You are charged no interest if you make the specific monthly payments and pay for the balance in full by the end of the applicable term. And competitive APRs are available if you need a longer-term payoff period.

Of course, Staley Dental also accepts cash, personal checks, money orders, and most major credit cards. You can even get a discount on your dental implant when you opt for the Staley Dental in-house health savings plan. We believe that you’ll love your new dental implants so much that we have made it as easy to pay for them as possible.

At Staley Dental in Boise, Idaho, we look forward to being your dental implant provider.

If you have missing teeth and want to feel like smiling again, now is the time to invest in dental implants. Request an evaluation at Staley Dental today. We will discuss your treatment plan, and if dental implants are the answer, you can regain your smile in as little as six months. Contact us today.