Dr. Vernon Sheen offers dental implants in Annapolis, MD. At first, the cost of dental implants may be higher than other tooth replacement options, such as dentures. However, dental implants are a long-term investment in your overall well-being and oral health. Implants may help to prevent the need for further advanced dental care.
Dental implants offer a permanent solution for missing teeth. They are the next best thing to your natural teeth. Dr. Sheen has extensive training and experience in dental implants. He can provide multiple dental implants for missing teeth and a single dental implant for one missing tooth.
The Cost of Dental Implants
It’s almost impossible to quote an average price for a dental implant. Treatment is unique to the individual patient. The total cost of a dental implant in the Annapolis, MD, area is $3,000 to $6,000 for a single tooth. Remember that the price may increase if you need bone grafting, gum grafting, or other dental work.
The best thing to do is to visit our office for a consultation with Dr. Vernon Sheen. He will evaluate your condition and discuss your treatment options. Dr. Sheen will also answer any questions about dental implants.
If you’re a candidate for dental implants, we’ll discuss the cost of your treatment plan. We will also discuss additional information regarding dental insurance, financing options, and payment schedules.
Annapolis MD Dental Implant Cost Factors
The cost of your dental implant procedure could depend on a few factors. Dr. Sheen will continually evaluate your complete oral health and provide treatment that will best support your smile long term. For some patients, additional dental treatments may be necessary to build a healthy oral foundation that properly supports a dental implant.
- Number of implants needed
- Location and size of the dental implant
- Need for bone grafting
- Need for additional dental treatments
If you have tooth decay, gum infections, or other dental problems, you will require treatment before you get dental implants. We ensure that you are as healthy as possible to receive implants.
Are Dental Implants Worth It?
Dental implants are long-lasting restorations that can improve your smile. Compared to traditional bridges and removable dentures, dental implants:
Preserve Natural Bone and Gum
Although dental bridges use support from crown-capped teeth, they lay on the gums. Removable dentures use adhesive to stay in place. However, dentures can slip around the mouth.
An oral surgeon places dental implants into the jaw bone underneath the gums. The dental implants ensure that your restoration does not budge. Because of the implant placement, the post supports the surrounding gums and bone. Implants act as new tooth roots to prevent further bone and gum loss.
Require Less Maintenance
Dental implants permanently secure restorations in place. The dental implant anchors themselves are permanent. You will never need to replace your implants. Additionally, after you receive an implant restoration, you do not need to remove your restoration for cleaning. You can brush and floss your crown, bridge, or denture like your natural teeth.
However, it can be hard to learn how to clean dentures and bridges. You must also rebase, reline, or replace traditional dental bridges or dentures over time. These costs can add up to exceed the cost of dental implants.
Improve Biting and Chewing
If you have a dental bridge or denture, you cannot eat hard or crunchy foods. Traditional bridges and dentures restore 30 to 40 percent of your natural bite function. Dental implants restore 100 percent of bite function.
Implants help you eat foods you can’t eat with regular bridges or dentures. Receiving dental implants can improve your quality of life. You don’t need to worry about limiting your diet to soft foods with implants. Implant-secured restorations can also lead to better nutrition. With a secure, natural bite, you can eat a balanced diet.
Payment Options & Insurance
It’s important for our patients to know that treatment coverage varies from one dental insurance provider to another. Also, understand that your insurance policy is a contract strictly between you and your insurance company. You are responsible for the balance due. Dr. Sheen’s Annapolis, MD dentist office is not responsible for and can make no guarantees as to the coverage your dental insurance will provide.
However, our friendly dental care team is highly trained in helping you get the most out of your dental insurance plan. We are always happy to discuss the details of your dental treatment costs. Our team can review payment options with you during your consultation.
Types of Insurance
The majority of our patients have some form of dental insurance. There are two types of dental insurance – traditional indemnity and managed care insurance. Traditional indemnity insurance is the type of insurance that allows you to go to any dentist of your choice. HMOs, PPOs (Preferred Provider Options), and DMOs (Dental Managed Care Options) are examples of managed care plans.
Managed care plans require that you go to a dentist that is listed on the plan or that is “in-network.” However, several of these plans do permit you to go to an office that is “out-of-network.” We are one of those out-of-network offices. Regardless of your plan, our staff will happily file all claims for services rendered.
When you call to schedule an appointment, please have your insurance information available. That way, we can answer your questions.
Most dental insurance companies will cover preventive services, such as:
- Dental cleanings
- Routine examinations
- Dental X-rays
However, most companies do not cover advanced restorative dentistry procedures like dental implants. Many of our patients have dental insurance. We will help our patients maximize their dental insurance benefits. If you have questions about your dental insurance, please get in touch with our office.
Dr. Sheen accepts a range of payment options for your convenience. We understand the financial concerns and stress surrounding dental implants. Our office will work with you to provide the dental care you need within your budget.
We accept the following as payment:
- Cash, check
- Major credit cards
- FSA/HSA dollars
- Financing through Care Credit