Dental implants are a superior option for replacing missing teeth. They offer strength and durability, and they look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Because dental implants involve an extended treatment and recovery process and a more substantial financial investment compared to other tooth restoration options, most dentists offer a free consultation for dental implants.
During the consultation, the dentist will assess whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, provide a detailed treatment timeline and cost estimate, and answer any questions you may have.
Are you a good candidate for dental implants?
Your dental implant consultation will involve a comprehensive exam to evaluate your candidacy for the procedure. The exam will include an assessment of your:
- Oral health: You’ll need healthy teeth and gums to proceed with the dental implant surgery, so the dentist will look for signs of gum disease, gum recession or pockets, and evaluate whether you will need any teeth extracted beforehand.
- Bone density: The dental implant procedure involves a titanium screw implanted into your jawbone for maximum support. This requires sufficient bone material for a successful fusion. If X-rays and advanced 3D imaging during the exam show insufficient bone density, you will need a bone graft or sinus lift surgery first.
- Medical history: As with any oral surgery, you will need to be in good general health for the procedure. Certain medical conditions can cause complications or negatively affect the healing process. If you have osteoporosis, a cardiac condition, diabetes, or a history of stroke, cancer therapy or radiation treatment, dental implants may not be a safe option for you.
It’s important to note that while implant consultations are complimentary for prospective patients, a full evaluation requires a CT scan at an additional charge to determine the most accurate plan of action for your dental implant surgery. At BioDental Care, we do not have a CT scanner in house. We take our patients to a facility around the corner from our office, where the cost for a CT scan ranges from $100 for a single arch to $200 for a full mouth.
What will the treatment plan be like?
Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for dental implants, your dentist will propose a treatment plan and offer a cost estimate for the procedure. For most patients, the full process, including initial surgeries, healing periods, and secondary surgeries, takes approximately four to six months. However, each patient is different and healing times can vary. If you need additional procedures, including extractions or bone grafting, the process can take longer.
Just as the treatment process varies by patient, the total cost for dental implants will depend on the number of implants you need, the type of prosthetic crown you choose. Additional factors, including whether you choose to be sedated or need additional procedures, will also affect the cost. While dental implant restorations are typically not fully covered by dental insurance, many dental offices offer financing plans through third-party lenders.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Once your dentist explains the procedure in detail, you might be wondering if dental implants are worth the cost. Compared to other restoration options, dental implants offer several advantages, including:
- Lifetime durability with proper care
- Superior stability and security
- Natural-looking appearance indistinguishable from natural teeth
- Supports jawbone health
- No need for adjustments or new fittings down the line
Dental implants have a high rate of success and patient satisfaction, and while the procedure involves a significant investment in time and money, thousands of patient testimonials prove that it’s worth it.
Free dental implant consultation at BioDental Care
For an informative, no-pressure complimentary consultation for dental implants, call BioDental Care in Tijuana at (619) 754-8508. We offer expert dental services at competitive rates compared to U.S.-based dentists, including single-tooth and full-mouth dental implant restorations.