The most commonly asked question that we hear is, why do dental implants cost so much? Dental implants are a very involved process - compare it to any other surgery. Imagine for example an incision made from your elbow to your wrist where tissue, arteries, veins, nerves and bone are involved. Then titanium screws have to be precisely placed. This surgery would cost you $100,000. We are performing the same surgery and on top of that providing an expertly crafted prosthesis. The level five titanium implants that we use will have to support about 8 million cycles over a lifetime. That's the amount of times you will chew and bite for the rest of your life.
Dental implant surgery is not a simple in and out procedure for us, a lot of planning and preparatory work goes into each surgery. An entire team supports you from the first time you contact us until we deliver your perfect smile. Then we'll see you regularly for cleanings and checkups.
For many of you - you wanted to understand the costs behind this life changing investment, so we have broken down every part of the pre-surgery work-up, the surgery, post-surgery and cost of our team and the actual titanium implants, which for an All-on-4® case cost us thousands of dollars. If after reading this page, you still have questions about the cost or the services that we offer - please contact Lisa, our treatment coordinator and she will be happy to answer all of your questions at 800-615-5818.
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Prior to Surgery
The initial appointment with our office is either a Full Examination or a Free Consultation. Patients that come in for a free consultation and decide to proceed with dental implants will need to schedule a Full Examination.
Full Examination ($49)
- CT Scan and X-Rays
- Head and neck cancer exam
- TMJ evaluation
- Periodontal examination
- Occlusal Evaluation
- Odontogenic examination for caries (tooth decay)
- Incomplete coronal fractures
- Defective restoration (crowns, fillings, inlays, veneers)
- Evaluation of previous root canal treatment
- Evaluation for periapical pathology (abscesses)
- Evaluation for osseous cysts or tumors
- Evaluation of the soft tissues of the oral cavity for cysts, tumors or dermatological lesions
- Smile evaluation and consultation
- Medical and dental history
- Determination of primary desires and concerns
- Thorough consultation discussing options available including advantages, disadvantages, risks, alternatives, cost, # of appointments required and total time to completion
Record Taking Appointment
- On-site laboratory technician discusses what can be accomplished with temporary and final set of teeth
- Importance is placed on function, aesthetics, comfort and phonetics
- Impressions of the mouth are taken so that the temporary set of teeth can be created by our in-house lab technician
- Tooth extractions
- Implants are placed
- New first set of teeth are delivered
The Surgery and the Medical Team
- On the day of your surgery, your first set of teeth have already been artfully crafted by our on-site laboratory
- Our surgical team has prepared with thousands of hours of training and thousands of cases
- Dr. Brueggen performs the I.V. Sedation and the surgery
- He has two surgical assistants, one has been his primary assistant for over 20 years and the other is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
- Our laboratory technician was personally trained by Dr. Brueggen and has over ten years of laboratory experience
- You will be kept in a twilight sedation during the surgery.
- You will be able to enjoy a light meal the evening of the surgery
After the Surgery
- Verbal and written instructions are given
- The following day a nurse will call to answer any questions
- An appointment will be scheduled 3 weeks after the surgery
- An appointment is scheduled 3 months later to plan the final prosthesis
Consultation for final teeth
- Consultation with the patient, doctor, lab technician and usually a family member
- Likes and dislikes of the provisional appliance are discussed
- Pictures of various smiles are reviewed and the most appealing style is chosen
- Function, phonetics and comfort are considered
- Fabrication of the final teeth
- After the consultation and impression taking, the lab creates final set of teeth
- The patient comes in to try in the new set of teeth
- If everything is perfect, the teeth are returned to the lab for final processing and delivered at the next appointment
- If necessary, the lab makes corrections until the patient has a beautiful, functional set of teeth.