Cosmetic Implant Costs
Q: Not too long ago, I had some missing back teeth replaced with some dental implants. Now I need my top six teeth done to avoid dentures. Although it is the same doctor, the fees are almost double from when I had the same number of implants in the back of my mouth. Why such a difference?
A: I Attended a Passover Seder in NYC last weekend. There was more matzah stuck between my relative’s teeth than the “ethnic food” section at Publix. (Aisle 3, I believe.)
Because the posterior teeth do not get “center stage” action due to low visibility to the public, many times restoring the posterior dentition can be significantly less costly than the “up front and personal” smile zone. Especially in females with high lip lines that show their gums. Cosmetic dental implants is a true surgical and restorative art.
Most patients understand the basic fees for dental implant treatment such as removal of the tooth, placement of the implant, then the abutment and crown. However, here is a list of additional procedures at additional cost which are often needed as well, even in the posterior regions if bone is limited.
- Socket grafting: adding bone at the same time of tooth extraction to prevent atrophy of the bone and provide adequate anchorage for a future implant.
- Osseous ridge grafting, or G.R.: guided bone regeneration; adding bone graft materials to skinny, flat ridges that cannot support implants in their current state.
- Resorbable Barrier Membranes: Collagen membranes that are sutured in place, to keep the bone graft material from migrating during G.B.R.
- Sinus Lift Surgery: allows dental implants to be placed in the upper back areas of the mouth. Many folks have sinuses that have dropped down, displacing much needed bone.
- Temporary abutments and temporary implant crowns: Plastic posts and crowns used in the smile zone to guide the gums during the healing process, preventing an unsightly gum line and possible metal showing.
- Interim partial denture: a removable temporary for cosmetic purposes while waiting for the permanent teeth.
Many of these topics were presented at my last seminar to the public on March 16th. If you missed it, drop us an email to be invited to the next one.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital