A dental implant is made of titanium, shaped like the root of a tooth, implanted in the jaw bone to support, or attach, an artificial tooth or teeth. The cost of implant treatment depends on many variables but generally in the range of $1,200 to $2,500 per implant.
• Enhanced ability to eat and chew food
• Replaces removable bridges and dentures with fixed appliance
• Improves appearance and self-confidence
• Quality of speech
• Prevents bone loss
In general, dental implant procedures involve less discomfort than a tooth extraction or root canal. The procedure is done with local anesthesia or sedation.
Depending on the patient, implants may be placed immediately when a tooth is extracted or, if bone grafting is needed, the procedure is done about 3 to six months later. Once the implant is placed, there is another 3 to 6 month recovery time to let the bone fuse to the implant completely.
Once the doctor is confident the healing time is adequate, the dentist will need to finish restoring the implant to look like a tooth. The implant will be exposed to place an abutment and crown. The end result will look and feel like a natural tooth. This procedure costs from $1,200 to $2,000 depending on the patient and location of the implant.