Your guide to the best value for dental implants – Part 1
Who should consider dental implants?
Millions of Americans suffer tooth loss due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. For years, people have resorted to dentures as the primary treatment option. Today, dental implants are available as a far more convenient and comfortable option. Dental implants are essentially replacement tooth roots, providing a strong foundation for replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
At Avicennas, we receive more patient inquiries about dental implants than any other service due in part to the significant cost savings with no sacrifice in quality that patients can find at top international clinics. Many patients also turn to Avicennas due to the difficulty in sorting through the countless options available and figuring out what is included in a quoted price. With Avicennas’ transparent pricing policy, we make the process easy, and this guide was created to help you through the decision process.
What are the benefits of dental implants? 
- Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
- Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
What are the steps and associated costs for dental implants?
Dental implants are made up of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown.
Patients who have lost a lot of bone may also require bone grafts. Bone grafts are performed in a separate procedure several months before the implant is placed and will require several months to heal and for the graft to fuse into the regular bone.
An initial consultation is the first step in the process, and it should provide you with a roadmap for the rest of your treatment. This important step is when the dentist will evaluate the condition of your teeth and determine which course of treatment makes the most sense for your specific situation. You can usually combine the consultation with the first phase of treatment to save time and money.
There are usually two key visits involved in performing a dental implant procedure: first, the implant placement, and second, following a healing period of several months, the abutment and crown placement. In some cases, a third appointment is needed for final adjustments.
Some of the cost of dental implants is due to the need for specialist care. Dental implants qualify as restoration dentistry and implant surgery can be performed by a periodontist, an oral surgeon, or a dentist with advanced training in implantology.
Some dentists will use general anesthetic during the procedure, meaning the patient is unconscious for the whole pain-free procedure. This requires an anesthesiologist to be present for the surgery, resulting in higher cost. Some dentists view this level of anesthesia as unnecessary and will perform the procedure using only local anesthetic.
A typical cost breakdown for a standard dental implant is as follows:
The implant itself placed into the bone: 35-40%
The abutment that screws into the implant: 7-10%
The crown attached to the abutment: 30-50%
Surgeon and facility fees: 20-30%
There may be additional costs for related services and products, such as an anesthesiologist or a pain relief prescription. To see see prices and compare costs click here.
 Source: webmd.com