How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Each year, thousands of people choose dental implants to replace missing teeth. These artificial teeth are surgically implanted into the jaw bone, and look and function like a real tooth. While they can be more expensive than alternative treatments, many patients find that implants result in the best functional and aesthetic result, making them worth the additional expense.
So what’s the average cost of dental implants?
The cost of implants varies widely but the total cost is usually somewhere between $1,250 and $10,000 depending on what you need. There are many variables to consider so in order to receive an accurate price quote you should schedule a consultation visit with a local dentist who can evaluate your situation. The chart below contains average costs for US based dentists and should give you an idea of what you can expect to spend though.
The number of teeth needing to be replaced is the most important factor in determining implant costs. If you need to replace one tooth, it will be much less expensive than getting a full upper or lower arch of implants. A basic implant is usually $1,250 to $3,000, while a three-tooth unit usually costs around $4,000, and a full upper or lower arch of implants can cost $10,000 to $20,000 or more.
Dental implant costs on average are also dependent on the specifics of your procedure, particularly whether any dental work must be completed before you are able to get implants. If bone grafting must be done before the implant can be placed, expect this to add several thousand dollars to your treatment costs. The same goes for any treatments needed to repair or treat existing dental issues before you can undergo dental implant surgery. Other pre-surgery expenses include the cost of X-rays and CT scans needed during the consultation and planning process.
There are also several different types of dental implants made with different qualities of materials; your choice of implant style and material grade will affect the cost. The cost is usually broken down into that of the fixture (the part inserted into the jaw bone) and the cost of the crown, or artificial tooth placed on top of this fixture. Average fixture costs are $800 to $2,500, compared to crowns priced at approximately $600 to $1,500.
Your dental implant cost is also dependent upon the dental surgeon performing your treatment. The dentist’s qualifications, experience, and even geographic location can influence the cost of dental implant treatments. While most patients do ‘shop around’ before choosing a dentist to handle the implant process, it is important not to base this decision on price alone, as price and quality tend to be interrelated.
If you are concerned about the cost of dental implants, there are several options available to you. Because dental implants are considered both cosmetic and functional, they may be covered by dental insurance. If you have dental insurance coverage, be sure to ask about the specifics before undergoing dental implant surgery, to find out how much your insurance will cover and whether they have any requirements that must be met. Many cosmetic dentists also offer financing programs and other programs to help make the costs of implants affordable. Ask your dentist about the financing options they may have available for you.