Are Dental Implants Worth the Cost in 2024? By Jeffery Hennigan, DDS on March 12, 2024

older woman smiling while she exercises outdoorsDental implants are the best possible option for restoring missing teeth. Topped by the restoration of your choice, whether it be bridges, crowns, or dentures, these surgically embedded artificial tooth roots can dramatically enhance both appearance and oral function. 

While dental implants offer many benefits, some patients decide against them because of their cost. In this short blog post, we will break down what goes into the pricing of dental implants and why so many of our Lake CharlesDeQuincy, and SulphurLA, patients choose to pay for them.

What Impacts Dental Implant Pricing

The cost of a single dental implant, surgical placement, and the restoration that the implant supports tends to be around $4,000 at our Lake Charles practice. The exact amount you would pay can be higher or lower than this depending on a number of key factors. 

The Number of Implants Needed

If you only need a single implant, such as a lone dental implant to support a dental crown, then your final cost should be around the price stated above. However, if you have many missing teeth that require several dental implants to replace, the price of treatment will go up. 

The Use of Sedation Techniques

Sedation can also impact costs, as some patients elect to receive nitrous oxide–an odorless gas that induces a dreamlike state to make surgery pain and anxiety-free. Opting for sedation dentistry can add a few hundred dollars to your total. 

Preparatory Procedures Before Implant Placement

Finally, some patients require preparatory surgical procedures to pave the way for healthy implant placement. You may not need a sinus lift or bone graft, but if you do then you should consider these as part of your dental implant investment. 

The Many Benefits Make This Investment Worth It

Dental implants drastically improve appearance, which in turn can boost your self-confidence to newfound levels. 

They are also incredibly practical on a functional level, as implants provide maximum stability and support for the restorations placed on top of them. For example, traditional dentures can slip, making them frustrating to wear. When dentures are supported by implants, they are anchored in place so that a patient can eat and speak with full confidence, knowing their denture will not shift out of place.

How Implants Save Money Over Time

Spending the money upfront for dental implants can end up saving you money over time, since implants stop various costly dental issues from occurring. 

Receiving dental implants now helps you prevent additional tooth loss. This may mean only needing one or two implants today versus needing five or six a few years from now. That’s a significant monetary difference. 

Another incredible benefit of this procedure is the prevention of jawbone atrophy–a deterioration of bone that can cause significant pain, an overly aged appearance, and more. 

Request Your Implant Consultation

Dental implants last a lifetime with proper care. This makes them an unparalleled restorative dentistry investment. If you are interested in dental implants, reach out to our office so we can answer any of your questions. We have locations in Lake Charles, Moss Bluff, and Kinder, LA. 

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