Dental Implants Cost

A. How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

When patients call our offices, the first question we are often asked is, “How much do dental implants cost?” Questions about the cost of dental implants are more common than questions about post-surgical pain or even the success rates of the dental implant procedure. We understand. We also have families to support and we know how difficult it can be to meet all of your needs. However, dental implants can be cheaper than you think. Before we get into the numbers, we encourage you to think of the cost of dental implants as an investment, not an expense.

1. Dental implants are an investment

On the surface, dental implants seem incredibly expensive, especially when compared to other tooth replacement methods. However, dentures and bridges, the two alternatives, typically need to be repaired or replaced every 5 to 10 years. The cost of this regular maintenance can quickly outweigh the cost of simply resorting to implants, which can last a lifetime (provided you care for them properly). They also protect your jawbone from breaking down – prostheses and bridges cannot do that.

As your jaw deteriorates, the shape of your face changes. You will start to look older. Also, your existing teeth will begin to loosen. The jawbone provides the structure that holds the roots of teeth in place. Once it’s gone, you’ll lose your other teeth as well. Keeping the rest of your teeth in your mouth is priceless.

2. Okay, but how much will my dental implants cost?

First, each case is unique. In general, however, single dental implants cost $1,500 to $2,000 per implant. Not by procedure, but by implant. Some patients only require a single implant while others require multiple due to the absence of multiple teeth.

Please note that this is only the cost of the dental implant itself. There are other costs, including:

  1. The crown (the tooth itself) – individual or in stock
  2. The abutment (the part that connects the implant and the crown)
  3. The cost of extracting teeth and roots
  4. The cost of office visits.
  5. Preoperative care
  6. Postoperative care

These additional costs can range from $1,500 to $2,800, bringing the total cost of a single implant to $3,000 to $4,800.

3. Zygomatic implants

If you need cheekbone implants, you have to expect slightly higher costs. Zygomatic implants are slightly longer than regular implants and require much more skill and training to place. They are designed for patients with significant bone and gum loss. The good news is that since we can offer cheekbone implants, you only pay for one surgery, not two. Zygomatic implants are great because they allow us to skip bone grafts entirely.

4. The cost of dental implants

First, each case is unique. In general, however, single dental implants cost $1,500 to $2,000 per implant. Not by procedure, but by implant. Some patients only require a single implant while others require multiple due to the absence of multiple teeth.

Please note that this is only the cost of the dental implant itself. There are other costs, including:

  1. The crown (the tooth itself) – individual or in stock
  2. The abutment (the part that connects the implant and the crown)
  3. The cost of extracting teeth and roots
  4. The cost of office visits.
  5. Preoperative care
  6. Postoperative care

These additional costs can range from $1,500 to $2,800, bringing the total cost of a single implant to $3,000 to $4,800.

5. Dental insurance coverage

The good news is that most dental insurance plans cover part of the cost of dental implants. Insurance doesn’t usually cover all costs, so you’ll probably still need to put some money aside before planning your dental implant procedure, but certainly not as much as you would if you didn’t have insurance. In addition, many of our patients take advantage of our ability to offer Care Credit financing, which gives them the option to pay for their dental implants in a range of affordable monthly installments. We also offer patient financing through the Lending Club.

6. How to determine the exact cost of your dental implants

As mentioned earlier, the total cost of dental implants can vary greatly depending on the patient’s case. Some require individual implants while others may require full arches. In addition, the physical characteristics of each patient’s mouth affect the work required and ultimately the type and price of the implants.

The best way to find out how much your implants will cost is in an initial consultation with our doctors. Our doctors will use the 3D scan image during the consultation to determine bone density and determine if you are a candidate for immediate implant placement or if an additional graft is required prior to implant placement. After your consultation, you will know exactly what needs to be done and what the total costs are. You can also get our patient financing options if needed.

 

B. Full Mouth Dental Implants Cost

1. Cost of dental implants in the entire mouth

The cost that patients pay for full mouth dental implants can vary widely. When you start researching the price of dental implants, you will find that the cost of a single implant can range from $1,500 to $6,000. While implants in multiple teeth can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $50,000 or more. The total cost of dental implants seems quite high. This article reviews the average dental implant prices, fully explains the expected costs, and discusses why the end results can justify the upfront costs.

2. Single dental implant

In situations where a single dental implant is needed, patients can expect to pay around $1,000 to $3,000. However, the crown and pillar can add to the total cost anywhere from $500 to $3,000. The estimated total cost for a single implant is $1,500 to $6,000. This is the average amount a patient pays out of pocket without the support of dental insurance. This price includes the operation and the initial consultation. The total cost of the procedure may vary based on various case-specific details. For example, if the patient needs multiple dental implants, the procedure will cost more. There are different types of dental implants available. The patient’s specific needs will determine what type of implant is ideal for their circumstances.

3. Implant multiple teeth

The multi-tooth implant solution is used when patients need to replace more than one tooth. Multi-tooth implants can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $30,000. The cost of this procedure can be as high as $50,000 depending on the patient, geographic region, and dentist. When high-quality implants are used to replace some teeth, the procedure typically costs between $6,000 and $10,000.

Similar to a single tooth implant, the expected cost may vary depending on the patient’s individual case and other variables. Multiple dental implants are often used in cases where the patient has healthy teeth. Also, the patient must have healthy gums to ensure that the implants have a reliable base. To determine how many implants are needed, the dentist will assess the number and location of the missing teeth. In some scenarios, single implants may not be necessary if the affected teeth are adjacent.

4. Full mouth implants

With modern advances, some patients are candidates for full-mouth dental implants or implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $90,000, while the procedure typically costs around $34,000. A set of dentures on top of bottom typically costs $3,500 to $30,000.

One advantage of full mouth dental implants is that they are safe and strong. In addition, they do not require adhesives, which are required with conventional dentures. Dentists often recommend full mouth dental implants for patients who are missing several adjacent teeth. This type of implant can only be placed after the damaged teeth have been extracted. Having teeth removed can add to the cost. Full mouth dental implants can be a significant investment, but are becoming a popular solution because of their benefits.

 

C. Dental Implants vs. Bridges: Finding What’s Best for You

Losing teeth can have a significant impact on the appearance of your smile while also causing problems with functionality. It can also seriously damage your confidence. Two of the most common solutions that dentists use to solve these problems are dental implants and dental bridges.

While both approaches essentially address the same challenges, on a technical level they give you very different options to consider. When looking for the right solution to missing teeth, it’s important to understand the treatment options available to you. It’s also important to understand what each entails before deciding if it’s right for your specific needs. Here’s what you need to know about implants and bridges and find out what’s best for you.

1. What is a dental implant?

The underlying structure of a tooth is more complicated than most people realize. When this structure—which includes bones, ligaments, and nerves—is removed, the surrounding area slowly begins to deteriorate. A dental implant replaces this structure with a metal post, usually made of titanium. New bone should grow around the implanted metal over a period of several months. Once the new framework has been tested and found safe enough by your dentist, a crown is screwed onto the top of the implant and sealed.

2. Dental implants advantages and disadvantages

One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is that they put less stress on the surrounding teeth and promote healing of the bony structures and gums underneath the teeth. They also tend to reduce long-term risks to the jaw. In general, a high-quality dental implant should last a lifetime.

One downside to dental implants is that they can be an expensive treatment. Especially when many individual teeth have to be replaced in different places. Even replacing a single tooth with an implant can cost several thousand euros. When trying to replace a large number of teeth, it’s not uncommon for dentists to recommend a traditional dental bridge over an implant.

Implants also take longer and require multiple surgeries. Oral surgery is often required, and it can take months for your mouth to heal after the initial implantation procedure. Except in the most extreme cases, the bridging usually lasts no more than a few weeks.

3. What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge connects the remaining healthy teeth around a gap to create a bridge in the recipient’s laughing area. In more traditional versions of the procedure, the two teeth on opposite sides of a gap are shaved to accommodate a bridge.

A cap is then placed over each tooth, which is accompanied by the bridge and replaces the missing teeth. In parts of the mouth that they can manipulate less forcefully, or where just one tooth is missing, dentists today often use a wing or Maryland bridge that is built into adjacent teeth rather than completely covering them.

In some cases, there may be no teeth on either side of a gap. A solution to this problem is the installation of a so-called cantilever bridge. This type of bridge is attached to a single tooth on one side, and the bridge structure is hung over the opening.

4. Dental bridge pros and cons

The main advantage of bridges is that they are considered to be one of the most cost-effective methods of replacing missing teeth. Another benefit of bridges is that bone grafting is not required for bone loss. Bridges also offer a faster process to replace missing teeth.

One of the biggest disadvantages of bridges is that they put stress on the surrounding structures, especially the two teeth that are attached to the appliance. Because of this, a bridge is rarely expected to last a lifetime. Bridges also don’t address concerns about underlying structural issues. This means that long-term problems caused by bone loss due to tooth extraction will continue to progress even after the gap has been corrected.

Cantilever bridges are particularly notorious for causing problems. They place significant stress on the individual tooth to which they are attached. Maryland bridges also often experience problems due to their minimal bracing and limited ability to absorb forces. Failure to properly maintain a Maryland bridge can also result in the loss of additional teeth.

5. Mixed solutions

In cases where patients have lost a significant number of teeth in a row, it is not uncommon for dentists to recommend a mixed approach. For example, losing all your molars could mean your dentist needs to put an implant in an end where there is no tooth left. Your dentist can then place a cap on the other end, creating a bridge between the implant post and the healthy tooth. Likewise, people who have lost most or all teeth in a particular section of the mouth may be good candidates for bridge-like structures spanning two implant posts.

6. Is it covered?

It’s important to note that many insurers view dental implants and dental bridges as expensive and demanding treatments. However, due to the wide cost disparity between treatments, most insurance carriers will pay for a bridge procedure rather than an implant.

If you are considering treatment for a missing tooth, you should speak to your insurance company before deciding on the right option. For most people, cost is one of the most important considerations when deciding which option is right for you. Talking to your insurance provider can provide useful information that can help you decide what treatment to have.

7.Find the right choice for you

The most important thing you can do to ensure you get the right treatment for your missing tooth is to talk to your dentist about what options might be right for you. Your trusted dentist can carefully weigh all of the considerations specific to your situation to make the right recommendation for you.