How Much Do Implant Retained Dentures Cost?
The biggest factor that will determine how much your implant retained denture procedure will cost is the severity of your case and the number of implants you are having placed. There are a number of additional factors that will impact the total cost of treatment for getting implant retained dentures placed, such as:
Initial examination: Before implant retained dentures can be placed, you will first need to schedule an evaluation to determine your candidacy for this procedure. The cost of this evaluation will vary. It may also be possible to include this evaluation as part of your regular cleaning and oral health evaluation.
Diagnostic exams: Diagnostic exams will be taken to evaluate the health of your jawbone and determine where the implants should be placed. The cost of these tests varies from clinic to clinic and may be included in the cost of your overall treatment or be an additional charge.
Preliminary procedures: Often patients who require implant retained dentures have underlying health conditions that must first be addressed before the implant retained dentures can be placed. This includes procedures like tooth extraction, a bone graft, or treating periodontal disease.
Dental Sedation: Because it is a surgical procedure that can be lengthy, dental sedation is made available and often recommended. The cost of sedation will depend on the type of sedation used and will likely not be covered under insurance plans.
Are Implant Retained Dentures Worth the Cost?
Because of the cost and time involved, it is natural for patients to wonder if implant retained dentures are worth the hassle. Implant retained dentures tend to have a very high patient satisfaction rate, and many patients express that they wish they would have had the procedure performed sooner due to improvements like the following:
- More comfortable than dentures
- Minimal surgical risk
- Increased self-confidence from having a fully restored smile
- Improved stability ensures dentures will not slip out while you are eating or talking
- Improved ability to chew and bite means you can enjoy more types of foods. This will also improve your ability to eat a healthier, more balanced diet.
- Require less specialized daily maintenance than traditional dentures
- Do not cause sore spots on the gums
- Looks and feels like your natural tooth
- Prevents further jawbone deterioration
Some of the drawbacks of implant retained dentures include:
- Requires several procedures that take place over a period of months or even years.
- May require additional procedures, such as a bone graft or tooth extraction.
- Not covered under all insurance plans
- Denture will need to be replaced eventually, although the longevity of the denture can be extended by following good oral hygiene habits.
If you are still uncertain whether implant retained dentures are right for you, or if you are concerned that you will not be able to afford the cost of treatment, schedule an appointment with your periodontist to discuss possible financing options.