One of the most common conditions we see at the office of Dr. Jacqueline Subka also happens to be one of the biggest sources of anxiety for patients. Upwards of two thirds of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have a missing tooth or missing teeth. Although dental implants in Thousand Oaks, CA are one of the best treatment options available, many patients still avoid the procedure. Dental implant cost can be one of the biggest deterring factors, but the long-term investment is often well worth the initial sticker shock. Additionally, the price can also be influenced by several different factors. Here are four things that can impact the cost of dental implants as well as tips for how to keep your price tag down.
1. Presence of Periodontal Disease
Underlying periodontal or gum disease can be one of the biggest additions to the cost of dental implants. Whether you have gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease, your gums must be treated first before they can properly support implants. You can reduce the cost of implants by taking excellent care of your mouth. Keep it the healthiest it can be with regular brushing, flossing, and cleaning with a dentist.
2. Amount of Implants Needed
It is much less expensive to replace one missing tooth than a whole set of missing teeth. One of the best things you can do to keep the price tag low is to replace a missing tooth with an implant as soon as possible. This will keep the jawbone healthy and prevent it from spreading decay to other teeth.
3. Type of Implant Used
Patients have several options for the material used in their implants. The most common is titanium, but alloys and ceramics can also be used. The cost can vary greatly from material to material.
4. Other Surgeries Required
No two patients are alike, and neither are their dental needs. Before some can undergo dental implant treatment, they may need to address other conditions like extractions, sinus lifts, and bone grafts. These are all things we will discuss at your initial consultation.
For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Subka’s office at (805) 433-9575.