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What is a dental implant?

There are two types of dental implants: Endosteal and Subperiosteal

Endosteal (in the bone) is the most used type of implant. This implant can hold one or more prosthetic teeth and is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges and removable dentures.

Subperiosteal (on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework’s posts going through the gum to hold the prosthesis. This is typically used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.

Why do I want a dental implant?

If you have failing or missing teeth, then it’s recommended that you get a dental implant. Dental implants are a permanent solution, you won’t have to worry about taking them out when you eat or sleep. Due to changing bone structure and general wear, partial dentures or bridges have to be replaced every 7-15 years. Dental implants can last a lifetime because they bone with your bond forming a permanent looking tooth. Mayo Clinic studies found that people with teeth live, on average, 10 years longer than people without teeth.

How does it work?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to an injury or disease.

How much does it cost?

Dental implants can get expensive; they range in price from $1,000 all the way up $7,500 depending on the type of implant and how many implants are needed. Most implant surgeries range between $3,000 to $5,000 per tooth.

However, their cost is generally not that much greater than other treatments to restore a tooth. They may even cost less than other replacement options because implants can last for a lifetime.

While dentures are a lower cost option than implants, they need to be replaced every 5-10 years and come with a variety of potentially awkward social encounters and do not really replace the proper chewing of natural teeth. Unlike implants, dentures speed up the bone-breakdown process in the jaw, changing the look of your face and giving you an aged appearance.

How do I pay for it?

Typically, insurance will cover a small amount of the cost of a dental implant. The excess amount is typically paid via cash, credit card or check. We don’t recommend the use of a credit card unless you’re sure you can pay off the entire amount before your next bill. Credit cards for dental care can result in high interest rates up to 33%. Jasper partners with 20+ loan providers to help you find the best rate, terms and provider for your situation. Jasper can do all of this without requiring an initial credit check!

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