Why Do Dental Implants Cost So Much?

Harrison Spriggs
March 1, 2021
Dental Implants
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This question is one of the most common questions people ask when they start researching dental implants. 

Dental Implants Cost Graphic

The answer is not that simple. There are many different factors that go into the cost of dental implants, and the cost varies widely. 

While the upfront cost in some cases seems like the more expensive option… Over time and in the long run, dental implants are less expensive to maintain.  Other alternatives require maintenance, fittings, new pieces, replacement parts, and the list goes on and on. With dental implants, these long-term issues don’t exist. 

Other options are also uncomfortable and over time take their toll on overall health. With dental implants, most people are so satisfied, they don’t even remember they have them. Other options, like dentures, make it virtually impossible to forget you are wearing them because of pain, sliding and not being able to taste food. 

These factors must be considered when thinking of the cost of dental implants because affordable dental implants are a reality. 

What Am I Paying For?

A dental implant procedure is not regular dentistry. It is surgery. Dental implant procedures require highly trained professionals, state of the art equipment, and the highest quality materials. 

The implant surgeon must possess the skill necessary, or you run the risk of having damaged nerves. Damaged nerves will cause a lifetime of issues including aches, pains, decay, and faulty work. Many people run into this issue with dental implants that are poorly installed. 

At Nuvia, we don’t believe in short cuts. Some dentists try to save themselves money by performing the sedation themselves. At Nuvia, the implant surgeon can focus on the procedure and avoid mistakes. Nuvia has a board certified anesthesiologist performing the sedation at no extra cost to you. 

The equipment necessary to perform such a difficult surgery is state of the art and expensive; because we deliver the kind of results that will change your life for the better. From measuring, fitting, mapping, and ultimately planning out the procedure.  Our state of the art technology allows our highly trained implant surgeon to precisely execute the implant placement. These steps are necessary for the highest quality dental implants and would not be possible with substandard equipment. 

The best materials on earth are used to create the perfect dental implants. Implants that will stand the test of time and serve you as good as your original teeth. These materials are either mined or synthesized in a laboratory. They are not cheap, but they will last a lifetime. 

What are the long term health risks of not replacing my missing teeth? 

Periodontal Disease Graphic

The long term health risks come down to a simple concept that takes a toll over time, destroys health and shortens lifespan… Nutrition. 

Bone Loss. Bone Loss starts as soon as a tooth goes missing. The jaw bone tries to make up for the missing tooth by shuffling and shrinking. This causes problems for your remaining teeth and overall bite. Before long, more teeth will be lost and the problem will compound. The more bone loss that occurs, the more difficult it will become to reverse or stop it. 

Once all or most of the teeth go missing, the mouth is more prone to infection. With dentures, even more so because of the sores that come from dentures rubbing on the gums. 

All of these issues make it difficult to eat and get the necessary nutrients for overall health. Poor nutrition is ultimately what makes the biggest impact on health, quality of life, and lifespan. 

Not being able to eat nutritious food or enough food… your body basically starves. This reduces overall health, quality of life and shortens lifespan. The good news… These issues can be solved with Dental Implants. 

What makes dental implants superior to other tooth replacement options? 

Dental implants are a permanent solution. They stay in all the time, or are popped in and out. There is no glue, and they do not slide around or move at all. 

This is achieved by attaching the implant securely to the bone. Once the surgery is complete and the implant has fused to the bone, the implant becomes like a real tooth. 

And the good news is, the tooth is permanent and will last a lifetime free of cavities and decay. 

Implants also stop bone loss which keeps the jaw looking normal, avoiding sunken in cheeks and “witch chin”. 

Most dental implants are maintenance free and require no further cost, whereas dentures eventually need to be realigned and replaced. Dentures do not stop bone loss. In fact, dentures speed up bone loss making cheeks look sunken in and causing “witch chin”. 

Should I get Dental implants?

All the patients who have received dental implants at Nuvia have recommended the same treatment to others who find themselves in a similar situation. 

The process really is quite simple. With a little bit of time and money, people can get their life back and stop worrying about problems caused by having dentures or problems caused from missing teeth. 

Clients who have done their research report Nuvia to be the most cost effective and upfront of  all the different dental implant options researched. 

The positive feedback from Nuvia clients means a lot. People don’t get dental implants on a whim, they research for hours looking for best prices, practices, alternatives and reviews. 

If you are suffering from dentures or missing teeth, implants may be right for you. The sooner a consultation is set up, the better because bone loss never sleeps. 

Why aren’t Dentures good enough? 

Dentures may look good and seem like the normal alternative to fix tooth loss. While dentures have served a purpose in the past… they have reached their maximum potential. 

Why Dentures are worse than Dental Implants

The most common problem with dentures is they do not stop bone loss, they accelerate it. This leads to irreversible issues with the jaw line causing wrinkles, sunken in cheeks and “witch chin”. 

Dentures are also not comfortable for most people. They slide around, they pop out, they cause sores, and they sometimes have a foul odor. These problems make it difficult and many people just avoid wearing them most of the time.

Dentures are not maintenance-free. As your bone shrinks and gums wear down… Dentures will need to be realigned and in some cases replaced. The costs of this over the years can add up to more than the cost of dental implants. 

Dentures also lessen the ability to taste food. Many denture wearers get so frustrated with this that it actually stops them from eating. This leads to malnutrition which leads to poor health ultimately leading to shorter lifespan.  

Dentures served a purpose in the past, but with dental implant technology available today, dentures are not the best, and--in many cases--not the most cost-effective solution. 

The Cost of Dental Implants varies widely. 

Dentures vs Implants comparison chart

Sometimes people make the assumption that dental implants are too expensive to even consider. When taking holistic health into consideration, it is important to look at all the costs. Dentures (or leaving teeth missing) will lead to bone loss and poor nutrition which ultimately leads to more medical issues and costs down the road. 

Dental implants immediately stop bone loss and promote good health. Dental Implants can cost anywhere between 1 to 2 thousand dollars to upwards of 50 thousand dollars. 

The best way to know what dental implants will cost is to book a free consultation right away. If bone loss is minimal and surgery is straight-forward, the cost is drastically reduced. 

Long term vs short term

In the short term, dental implants may look like they cost more. And they may look like they need more time to set up because of the 4 to 6 months infusing process. 

Understandably dentures look less expensive and can be fitted relatively quickly. But, down the road 4 months later, the dental implants are finished. You can’t even tell they are not your real teeth. You're eating the foods you love, smiling like you just don’t care. Because you don’t... you can smile and it is beautiful. You can laugh, you can talk and not worry about your teeth flying out. 

With dentures, your mouth is sore from sliding around, you can’t taste food, you are constantly worried about your teeth falling out if you laugh or talk. You will need to get your dentures realigned eventually. You already notice you are not enjoying eating the foods you once loved because you can’t taste them. Your health begins to suffer, your mental health begins to suffer. The cost of dentures is taking its toll on your life. 

That is the long term vs the short term. Dental Implants are the clear choice for a healthier, happier and more even cost effective lifestyle. 

Are there payment plans for dental implants?

Yes, there are different payment plans and options for dental implants. Options range from inhouse financing, loans from banks, savings, retirement accounts, and credit cards. Nuvia also provides a substantial cash discount. 

Affordable dental implants are the goal. Whether they be full mouth implants or partials. Nuvia will help you figure out your financing so you can enjoy life with dental implants and not be bogged down mentally, emotionally, and physically with dentures or missing teeth. 

What is the process? 

Dental Implants Process

When you decide dental implants are something you need to consider, simply set up a free consultation with Nuvia. During the consultation, your implant expert will discuss the options based on your history, current circumstance, and your goals. 

Scans are taken during the consultation to determine exactly what your plan will take and show you upfront the total cost. No unplanned costs are sprung on you after the surgery and treatment. 

After the consultation, we set up your surgery day where the initial posts are installed. 

After surgery, we fit you with a temporary solution so you can still function and eat during the 4-6 months it takes for the implants to fuse to the bone. 

Time flies, and 4 to 6 months later you come in and are fitted with your permanent implants. 

You’ll be eating, laughing, smiling, and doing the things you love just like you did with your natural teeth. 

How will I know if I am a good candidate? 

Your implant specialists at the consultation will determine how much bone is available to work with, how many teeth need replacing, and the best implant option for your health and your pocket book. 

There are many factors that go into the specific implants you will need. 

The longer you wait, the more bone loss. Bone loss is a significant factor in whether or not implants are a viable option, so the sooner you schedule a free consultation... the better off you’ll be. 

Final thoughts.

If you are having issues with missing teeth or dentures, and you are looking for affordable dental implants.... Nuvia is ready to help you get your life back. 

If your missing teeth are making you self-conscious about your smile and you constantly find yourself avoiding smiling or laughing… Or if you can’t eat the foods you love… You need to know that YOU CAN have a complete turn around. YOU CAN eat the foods you love… You CAN smile and laugh without being self-conscious. 

Affordable Dental Implants are a reality. Not just Dental Implants for seniors… But implants for anyone who has broken or missing teeth who is looking for a real and permanent solution. A solution that feels so much like your real teeth, you may not even notice the difference. A solution that will let you eat not only delicious food, but nutritious food. 

Book your free consultation today and see what is possible. In 4-6 months--when you have that brand new smile and you are enjoying a juicy steak or raw vegetables--you will thank yourself for making the right choice. It's easier than you think.