The Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants can vary depending on several factors. Things like the region you live in, the doctor’s training, whether or not you need to have bone grafting, the number of implants needed and the type of material that will be used for your final restoration, all affect the cost.
Some examples: A single dental implant tooth replacement typically costs between $3,500 to $7,500 per implant – from start to finish, including everything. A three-unit implant bridge on 2 implants typically costs between $12,000 to $16,000. Full arch treatments can range between $20,000 and $50,000.
The more straightforward the procedure is (no bone grafting needed, temporary prosthetic options, etc.), the lower the cost within these given ranges.
Why Dental Implants Should Be Thought of As an Investment
Some people experience a bit of sticker shock when they encounter the price range commanded by this gold standard option of tooth replacement. At first glance, dental implants look incredibly expensive, especially when they are compared to other tooth replacement methods, like dentures or conventional bridges. However, one thing you must take into consideration is that dentures and bridges typically must be repaired or replaced every 5 to 10 years. If you need to replace each prosthesis in your mouth two or more times over the course of your life, the cost really adds up in the long run. This easily makes implants a more sensible option.
The cost of these replacements over a lifetime quickly exceeds the costs of simply turning to implants, which can last a lifetime (as long as you care for them properly).
Some of the Top Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants don’t decay. This means the crowns and bridges on them aren’t compromised, requiring replacement because of decay underneath, like crowns and bridges often are with natural teeth. Dental implants also prevent your jawbone from deteriorating—dentures and bridges can’t do that.
Once teeth are removed, your jawbone slowly deteriorates, and your face shape will change. Within months you will see facial changes and you’ll start to look older. Eventually, the teeth next to the empty spaces will start to get loose. Alveolar bone or “jawbone” serves one purpose, to hold teeth. Losing teeth is like a domino effect, and nearby teeth begin to fail in the progression. Keeping the rest of your teeth in your mouth is priceless.
This is why we encourage you to think of dental implants as an investment, and not as an expense. They’re more of a permanent fix, not one that will have to be redone in 5-20 years.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Every case is unique because every mouth is different. Some patients need only a single implant and no bone grafting, whereas others with multiple missing teeth will need several implants and may need bone grafting. Some patients can have all the necessary surgery done in one visit, and others may take multiple surgical visits, resulting in a higher cost. Again, where your treatment falls within these ranges is dependent on factors like bone availability, number of implants, number of surgical visits, temporization options, etc.
The best way to find out exactly how much dental implant treatment will cost FOR YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION is to come see us for a COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION. This includes an hour with the doctor and any necessary x-rays needed to give you a full diagnosis and written treatment plan.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
The good news is that most dental insurance providers do cover some of the costs for dental implants. Most policies still only allow for $1,0000 – $2,000/year of maximum benefits. They don’t typically cover all the expenses so you’re still going to have out of pocket costs, but certainly not as much as you would if you didn’t have insurance at all.
In addition, there are several payment plans and financing options available. Learn more about them here. We will be happy to assist you with filing your dental insurance claims or filing on your behalf.
How Can I Determine the Exact Cost of My Dental Implants?
As we mentioned earlier, the total costs of dental implants can vary greatly depending on each patient’s case.
The best way to find out what your implants will cost is to have an initial consultation with our doctors, which is complimentary.
Our doctors will use either a panoramic and sometimes a CBCTscan/3D scan image during the consultation to determine the density of your bone. This helps determine whether you’re a candidate for an immediate implant or if some additional grafting will be needed prior to – or at the time of your implant placement.
During your consultation, you will be presented with more than one treatment plan option. When you leave our office, you’ll know all your options and exactly what the total costs will be. If you have financing needs, we will be happy to review those with you while you’re here.
If you’re ready to take the next step and find out exactly what your options are and how much your dental implant treatment will cost, visit our office for a Complimentary Consultation. We’re happy to answer your questions and help find the best option to suit your needs cosmetically, functionally and financially.