Dental implants to replace all of your teeth will be a significant investment. However, until you schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon, it’s impossible to estimate the exact cost. In New Hampshire, single implants typically range from $2500-$3500, but the final price may be higher or lower depending upon a variety of factors. Here are answers to questions you may have about getting a full mouth of dental implants.
Do You Need Implants for Every Tooth?
Unless you’ve had all your teeth extracted, there is no way to know if you need full mouth implants. If you have some salvageable teeth that may be fixed with a crown, your oral surgeon may recommend that you get some implants and keep any savable teeth. Although implants are designed to look and function like a natural tooth, oral surgeons will most always recommend that you keep healthy teeth wherever possible.
If you require implants on your complete upper or lower jaw, your oral surgeon may talk to you about a procedure called “Teeth in a Day.” Teeth in a Day allow for four or more implants to be placed in a single procedure. You’ll be then fitted with either fixed temporary teeth, or with removable teeth, as covers for the implants. Once the implants have healed, you’ll return to have your permanent teeth affixed to the implants.
Is Your Mouth Healthy Enough for Implants?
If you’ve been without teeth for a long time, you may have significant jaw bone loss. Before your oral surgeon will green-light implants, the surgeon will need to confirm that your jaw bone can support the implants. Some bone loss is to be expected if you’re missing teeth. So, you can have some bone loss and still be considered healthy enough for implants. Even better? Implants lessen future bone loss through a process called osseointegration. If you don’t have enough healthy jaw bone to support implants, you may be a candidate for bone grafting, which can help you to support dental implants in the future.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Many people who are missing teeth are excellent candidates for dental implants. Your oral surgeon will need to conduct some imaging tests to confirm that the height, length, and width of your jaw bone will be able to support the implant. You will also need to be free of active gum disease (infection), and in relatively good health to be approved for dental implant surgery.
If you’re not eligible for a complete set of dental implants, you may qualify for other procedures such as implant-supported bridges, which can bridge gaps in teeth. You may also be eligible for implant-supported dentures, which are far more secure than traditional dentures and are available as fixed or removable.
Is Financing Available for Dental Implants?
Financing is available for dental implant surgery. CareCredit, Lending Club, and Alphaeon provide financing and can help make dental implants affordable. If you’re getting full mouth implants, the process will take time, and you will be able to make payments as you proceed through the treatment.
Although the short-term cost of dental implants can be expensive, keep in mind that dental implants can help prevent bone loss, provide a natural appearance, allow you to eat your favorite foods, help you feel confident, and, when taken care of, can last for decades. So, in the long term, replacing teeth with dental implants may be very cost-effective.
Dental Implant Surgeon in Manchester
If you’re considering single implants, implants for your entire upper or lower jaw, or are interested in full mouth dental implants, contact Manchester Oral Surgery today. Dr.Mark Abel earned his dental degree from Harvard, completed his oral surgery training at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Call 603-622-9441 today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.