The Cost of Dental Implants
How much does a dental implant cost?
The short answer is “It depends.”
What does it depend on?
- The location of the implant and quality of bone in the jaws
- Whether a bony deficiency exists and requires bone grafting
- Other health conditions that might require extraordinary care
- The type and cost of the actual restoration planned by your restorative dentist
- The number of implants placed at a single visit
- The surgical venue and type of anesthesia provided
Dental implant care is commonly provided by a restorative dentist (general dentist or prosthodontist) / surgeon team. Placing dental implants generally requires a number of steps.
- Extraction of failing tooth / teeth if present
- Bone graft or site preservation if significant bony deficiencies exists
- Placement of the Dental Implant – the titanium “tooth root”
- Fabrication and placement of the crown – the porcelain “tooth” or other prosthesis
- Office visits, x-rays, pre- and post-surgical care
Surgical placement of single implants can range in cost from $1,600 – $2,000, but extraordinary circumstances such as the need for tissue grafting can drive that higher. Full arch reconstructive with dental implants can be done with as few as two implants or as many as eight implants per arch. Frequently, we provide discounts for multiple implants placed at the same time. We will be able to give an accurate estimate for cost and treatment time at your consultation.
Continuing Cost of Bridges and Dentures
While Bridges and Dentures are less expensive at the outset, you should consider that both options frequently have considerable continuing expenses. Bridges by their design require cutting down the neighboring abutment teeth – which can lead to weakness, repeated treatment, and premature tooth loss. Crowns and bridges generally have average life spans of 7 – 12 years. Dentures do not preserve the jawbone and in fact accelerate its loss.
Dental Implants do preserve bone in the jaws and do not require involvement of adjacent teeth. Given that implants last as much as three times longer than crowns and bridges, over a lifetime, dental implants can be your most cost-effective as well as esthetic choice.
Financing for Dental Implants
You’ll want to discuss all your options with your general dentist and Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon, but don’t let the initial cost discourage you from getting dental implants.
Dental implants are generally not covered by dental or medical insurance but we do see a trend that dental implants are beginning to have insurance coverage. First, check with your dental insurance carrier to see if you have any implant coverage.
We routinely utilize CareCredit (health care credit program) that offers no-interest and low-interest loans for dental and medical procedures, including dental implants. This program makes paying for your implants easy and as pain free as your dental implants.
Remember, dental implants are an investment in your current and future health as well as your appearance and confidence. A full set of teeth makes eating a pleasure again, making it easier to eat a balanced, healthy diet. A full set of teeth also preserves the contours of your face, keeping you from looking old before your time and boosting your self-confidence.