March 18, 2019

Losing a tooth is devastating and traumatic, and has physical, emotional, and social  impacts. If you have missing teeth you may want to seriously think about dental implants, understand what the process entails and most importantly what it will cost you.

 

How much do dental implants cost?

It is impossible to put a fix and universal price on dental implants. The cost of dental implants depend on so many factors such as:

  1. The number of teeth to be replaced is obviously a determining factor in overall cost. Are you having just one missing tooth replaced or several teeth or possibly the entire mouth? Of course more missing teeth cost more to replace.
  2. The location of missing teeth in your mouth also affect the cost. Generally upper front of mouth is called the Esthetic Zone. This is the most visible area when you smile and talk. The dental implantologist should be adequately skilled to perform the surgery in this area and create flawless result. One small mistake or deviation can create permanent esthetic compromise. Another difficult area of the mouth is upper molar area where the facial sinuses are located.
  3. Condition of your jaw bone and the volume and quality of available bone in the area of missing teeth. Majority of people suffer rapid bone loss/deterioration following teeth loss. Since the major function of jaw bone is to hold teeth in place, body’s immediate and natural reaction to tooth loss is jaw bone loss. For this reason the best time to place an implant is at the time of tooth loss. Don’t wait and delay implants for a later time because this result in bone loss and more complicated and costly treatment.
  4. The quality of treatment is another determining factor in cost. Although we hope all treatments by different practitioners should have excellent and top quality, but in real world this is not the case. Obviously some doctors are able to create better final results than others. Such treatment results are not only beautiful and functionally comfortable, they last a life time. The quality achieved is directly related to the skill, experience, knowledge, and level of perfectionism of a practitioners. Top quality practitioners generally have higher cost than others.
  5. Geographical location is definitely another determining factor in cost. It affects the overhead of the doctor and consequently affects the final cost for patients

These are just some, and maybe the most important factors in the cost of dental implants. In conclusion, while you are thinking about the cost of your dental implant treatment, be sure  your focus should also be on finding a qualified dentist that you can trust would be able to create a good and long lasting treatment result. Ask questions to ensure you are committing to something you are comfortable with.

The following is a case study for replacement of one failed tooth in the upper front of the mouth:

 

Case Study:

Replacement of a broken tooth in the upper front of mouth

Surgical and Restorative Treatment By Dr. James Khazian

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The following x-ray shows a broken tooth in the upper front. Although the tooth is broken and missing, The root is remained in the jaw bone and has to be extracted.

This x-ray shows the root is already extracted and implant placed. This was a so called “Flapless” procedure. Meaning that during surgery to extract the root and place the implant no incision was made in the gum and no sutures was placed. This technique assures the least invasive surgery and a most comfortable and smoothest healing. It also result in the most esthetic final gum architecture.

This picture is taken immediately following extraction of the root and placement if dental implant and shows no cut in the gum and no sutures

This following picture shows the gum and healing following implant placement

The following picture shows final tooth in place. Please note the perfect adaptation to gum, the perfect healing of the gum and color match with other teeth

This following  x-ray shows implant and final tooth in place. If maintained well this implant and tooth will last a life time.

 

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May 2, 2017

Tooth Implant ProcessDental Implant Pricing

Generally a dental implant treatment process consist of the following:

  1. Initial evaluation and diagnosis by an implant dentist: The goal of this evaluation is to:
  • determine the scope and nature of dental problem.
  • Examination of the patient’s oral condition, including the health of the gum and volume and quality of jaw bone.
  • Reviewing patient’s general health condition to make sure he/she is a candidate for dental implant process and the treatment can be done in a safe manner.
  • Discuss the patient’s expectation and make sure the doctor clearly understands why the patient is seeking this treatment and what final result is he/she expecting.

 

  1. Treatment planning and discussion with patient:  At this time different treatment options will be discussed as well as advantages and disadvantages of each option. This will be a time for the patient to fully understand different options and select the one that best works for him/her.
  2. Starting the treatment, surgical phase:  By this time the patient should be well informed about the dental problem at hand as well as the treatment that will be done. The doctor and patient have established good communication and the patient has confidence in, and is fully comfortable with the doctor. A comfortable and good relationship between the doctor and patient is critical to a successful treatment outcome.

Depending on the nature of your dental problem and what treatment is going to be done the following scenarios will play:

  • Most patients present with an infected, broken, of severely decayed tooth or teeth that cannot be saved. In most cases it is possible to do the extractions, bone grafting, and implant placement in just one visit. There are however cases that require a few months of healing after extraction and bone grafting, before dental implants can be placed. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for immediate implant placement at the time of extractions. This will save you about 3-4 month.
  • If the tooth or teeth are already missing and area is healed sufficiently, surgery can be done to place implants. Although many dentist prefer to do these procedures under general anesthetic, It is important to know almost all dental implant and bone grafting surgeries may be done under local anesthetic, just as if you are going for a filling or crown. General anesthesia, although is an option for patient who prefer it, is unnecessary and exposes patients to additional risks and cost.
  1. Finishing treatment, restorative phase:  This is the final part of treatment when teeth are made and placed over implants. Implant supported teeth are strong and stable. Chewing with dental implant is as comfortable as healthy natural teeth. Implant teeth feel, function, and look like natural teeth. The first step in replacing those missing or failed teeth is to have a consultation with Dr. Khazian. Dr. James Khazian is a leading dental implant expert with over 27 years experience. For a free consultation and x-rays you may call 866-4my-smile (866-469-7645) or click here

Dental Implant Centers is an all-in one provider of advanced dental implant treatments in San Diego. This means all your implant treatments are done in one office by Dr. James Khazian. You avoid the confusion of seeing several doctors and/or different offices. Your treatment, no matter how complex will be started and finished by Dr. Khazian. To make an appointment for a free x-rays and consultation you may call 866-4my-smile (866-469-7645) or click here.

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