Tooth implants are typically more expensive than more traditional alternatives such as bridges and dentures. The cost depends on a number of factors including what dentist or surgeon you go to, the type of implant and procedure, how many and which teeth you need replaced, how many implants are required to support these teeth, how much insurance coverage you have and your geographical location. Once you get an examination and talk with your dentist, they will be able to provide you with a price estimate.
According to Dental Implant Cost Guide readers, the cost of a single tooth implant ranges from $1000 to $3,000 in addition to $500 to $3000 for the abutment and crown, for an average total cost of $4250.
However, if additional procedures such as bone grafts, extractions and extensive imaging and/or modeling are required, the price can easily inflate to $5,000 to $10,000. Your dentist will be able to give you an idea of what costs you are looking at after a preliminary examination.
|Single Tooth Implant Cost
||$1000 to $3000
|Abutment & Crown
||$500 to $3000
|Average Total Cost
|Cost of Additional Procedures
|Simple Bone Graft
||$200 to $1200
|Complex Bone Graft
||$2000 to $3000
||$75 to $300
||$150 to $650
||$20 to $250
||$250 to $1000
|Total With Add’l Procedures
||$5000 to $10000
The average total cost paid by consumers for all procedures, abutment, crown and implant is $4,250.
A 3 or 4 tooth bridge mounted on two implants can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 (the average being $8,500). A full set of upper and lower implant supported dentures ranges from $25,000 to $95,000 (average of $34,000), depending heavily on the condition of your gums, jaw bone and existing teeth (if any).
Some people opt to travel to foreign countries to take advantage of their cheaper prices for tooth implants. A few of the most popular destinations include South and Eastern Europe, India, Philippines and Africa.
|Dental Implant Cost by Country
If you receive a quote or see an advertised price that looks too good to be true, it most likely is. Safe, high quality and long lasting implants come at a price that depends on a variety of factors. Some or all of these factors may or may not be included in a particular estimate.
Factors That Affect the Cost
- Initial procedures such as x-rays and CT scans
- Brand (manufacturer), material and type of post, abutment and crown
- Complexity of the surgery
- How many and what teeth need to be replaced
- Where you live (some cities are considerably more expensive)
- The particular dentist/surgeon’s experience, specialty & popularity
- How many professionals are involved in your case
- Creation of the prosthodontics
- Additional procedures (if required) such as sinus elevation and bone grafting
When getting a quote, remember that the total fee includes various aspects of the procedure. There is the cost of the procedure and implant, the cost of the abutment and the cost of the crown or dentures. There could be added charges for the scans, anesthetic and modelling as well.
The first thing you should do is to check with your insurance company to see if implants are covered on your plan. If it isn’t, then you can talk with your dentist’s office to find out if they provide or can recommend other payment plans/options. You can also ask if they’ll cover part of the cost equal to an alternative treatment that IS covered by your plan such as dentures or a bridge.
Remember that your dentist is there for you and will help you in any way that they can and give you all the information you need so don’t be hesitant to ask. Unfortunately, many insurance plans cover 10% or less of the total cost of implants, but provide significantly more coverage for more traditional solutions such as dentures. This is often because most companies classify implants and a cosmetic procedure. Surgical costs can be covered by health insurance in some instances.
That said, more and more insurance companies are starting to offer some coverage as they are realizing the long-term health benefits over other treatment options.
While losing a tooth can be stressful – remember that there are a number of options available to you, including dental implants. It might seem scary when reading about it, but there is minimal pain, risk and discomfort and the results are lasting and natural looking. Talk to your dentist about implants if you think they might be the solution for you.
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