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 and quantity 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 required to support your restoration
- The surgical venue and type of anesthesia deemed necessary
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 grafting or site preservation if significant bony deficiencies exists
- Placement of the Dental Implant(s) titanium root replacement
- Fabrication and placement of the definitive crown or other prosthesis
- Follow-up office visits, x-rays, and post-surgical care
Surgical placement of single implants can range in cost from $1,9000 – $2,900, but extraordinary circumstances such as the need for hard or soft tissue grafting can drive that higher. Full arch reconstructive with dental implants can be done with as few as two implants or more commonly with 6-8 implants per arch. Frequently, we provide discounts for multiple implants placed at the same time. You will always be given an accurate estimate for cost and treatment time at your consultation.
Continuing Cost of Bridges and Dentures
While Bridges and Dentures are perhaps initially less expensive, 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, probably later need for root canal therapy, and thus premature tooth loss. Crowns and bridges generally have average life spans of 7-10 years. Dentures do not preserve the jawbone and in fact, accelerate bone loss.
Dental implants on the other hand, do preserve bone in the jaws and do not require destructive involvement of adjacent teeth. Given that implants routinely last as much as three times longer than crowns and bridges. Over a lifetime, dental implants can be your most cost-effective choice as well as frequently your most esthetic choice.
Financing for Dental Implants
You willll want to discuss all your options with your general dentist and Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon, but do not let the initial cost discourage you from getting dental implants.
Dental implants are not always covered by dental or medical insurance but we do see an increasing trend for some degree of 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 generally, 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.