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Cost of Dental Implants – Tulsa, OK

The Cost Behind the Smile

Are you contemplating how best to replace your missing teeth? If you’re like many individuals, you’re weighing all your options, considering the pros and cons of each, and most of all, figuring out what is most affordable. While it is no secret that dental implants in Tulsa are more expensive than traditional tooth replacement solutions, you must look beyond the initial aesthetic benefits and determine if the cost of a permanent, potentially life-long restoration is more cost-effective than prosthetics that require regular maintenance and replacement over time. Dr. Marc Susman can help you navigate this process by further explaining the cost behind your new smile. Spend a few minutes reviewing the following information. When finished, please do not hesitate to contact our office with additional questions.

An older woman with red hair looking at her new smile in the mirror after receiving dental implants in Tulsa

Types of Dental Implants

A digital image of a single tooth dental implant on the lower arch of the mouth

One of the great aspects of pursuing dental implants is their versatility! Not only can you replace a single missing tooth, but you can also replace multiples or all your teeth.

  • Single Tooth – Using a single titanium post, metal abutment, and customized dental crown, we can restore your smile in a less expensive, healthier, more beautiful way.
  • Multiple Teeth – Requiring at least two dental implants, metal abutments, and a customized dental bridge, an implant-restored bridge or partial denture can be placed for a slightly higher cost.
  • All Teeth – The most expensive dental implant treatment is an implant-retained denture. This typically requires between 4 and 6 implants as well as a fully customized denture.

What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?

A dentist showing a patient a cross-section mold of a dental implant sitting between two natural teeth

It may be difficult to understand, but each stage of dental implant placement incurs its own fee. Initially, your consultation with Dr. Susman will require a full exam of your oral and facial structures as well as impressions of your smile, which are sent to a dental lab. If Dr. Susman believes your jawbone is not dense enough to adequately support your implants, you will need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift, both of which can add to the overall cost of treatment.

If you are cleared for implants, the actual surgery will be its own fee, as it requires anesthesia and surgical placement of each dental implant. Also, the metal abutments and customized restoration will be additional factors in your cost estimate.

Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?

An older woman seated in the dentist’s chair admiring her new smile

The answer to this question ultimately depends on what you value most important. Do you want a less expensive solution that offers an improved appearance but also requires frequent adjustments and/or replacements? Or, would you prefer a permanent treatment that requires more invasive surgery but is designed to last decades or more?

When comparing the pros and cons of dental implants to other traditional prosthetics, it is easy to see why implants are a more cost-effective solution and worthy of the initial upfront cost.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

A dentist explaining to a patient during an initial consultation the cost of treatment

It is unfortunate, but most dental insurance companies do not currently cover dental implant placement. Some are beginning to add it to their coverage benefits; however, this is not the case for all.

While certain aspects of your treatment may be covered (i.e. restoration, initial consultation), you will likely need to speak with a representative from your insurance company to determine if any of your implant procedure will be covered. No matter if your file with insurance or not, Dr. Susman and his team are pleased to accept payment through CareCredit, a third-party financier that offers low- and no-interest financing plans to help you stick to your budget.