What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants work as a stable anchor for replacement teeth. They ensure that you can eat and speak without experiencing denture movement in your mouth. The implants, made from titanium and other compatible materials, are surgically inserted into the upper and lower jawbone.
There are two main types of implant treatments:
- Endosteal implants: These are the most commonly inserted dental implants. They look like small screws and are placed in the jawbone to support your new teeth.
- Subperiosteal implants: Your dentist may recommend this type of implant if you have a shallow jawbone. These dental implants are inserted under the gum and above or on the jawbone. The replacement teeth are then mounted on the posts - these are the metal attachments that will anchor your new teeth.
The cost of dental implants varies according to the patient's requirements and location. The Dental Implant Cost Guide estimates that a single tooth implant costs between $1,000 and $3,000, while two implants cost up to $15,000. Four to six implants with the supported dentures come in at an average cost of $34,000 per denture, with prices up to $95,000 recorded for both upper and lower.