How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?


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
Implant Only $1000 to $3000
Abutment & Crown $500 to $3000
Average Total Cost $4250
Cost of Additional Procedures
Simple Bone Graft $200 to $1200
Complex Bone Graft $2000 to $3000
Simple Extraction $75 to $300
Surgical Extraction $150 to $650
X-Rays $20 to $250
CT Scan $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).

Multi Implant Cost
3-4 Tooth Bridge (Two Implants) $5000 to $15000 (avg. $8500)
2-6 Implants With Dental Bridge $3600 to $29000+
Top & Bottom Supported Dentures $25000 to $95000+ (avg. $34000)

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
United States $4000
UK $3500
Spain $2750
Italy $1800
Mexico $1600
Lithuania $1400
Romania $1250
Costa Rica $1000
Ecuador $1000
Turkey $1000
Hungary $900
Thailand $900
India $850
Croatia $850

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.

Insurance Coverage

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.


MSM Gold ® Systemic Enzyme

CoolJaw® offers MSM as a natural way to reduce TMJ pain and inflammation without serious side effects.

Sulfur has a long history as a healing element – think natural hot springs.  My first “sulfur” experience was as a child visiting The Banff Upper Hot Springs in Banff National Park, the first National Park in Canada.  One of Banff’s most famous attractions; discovered in 1884, the hot springs were where travelers have come to “take the waters” for more than a century.  The hot spring water flows naturally through the Sulphur Mountain Thrust Fault, and the sulfur can be absorbed through the skin.  And sulfur is the  ultimate soother for sore muscles!


Banff National Park

Sulfur is a transport and delivery mineral. It is needed to make everything else you put into your body work more effectively and efficiently. Sulfur has 16 electrons and 16 protons making it a reactive element. Few things won’t combine with this mineral and Sulfur neutralizes effects of elements doing your body harm, and activates the positive. Sulfur makes cell membranes more porous increasing oxygen flow and pushing out toxins; while ushering in all of the other needed minerals and nutrients into the cells.


The ‘Sulfur Cycle’ was broken over 70 years ago when farmers switched from using manure as a fertilizer to chemical based fertilizers and toxic pesticides and herbicides. What few knew at the time is that these ‘man-made’ agents would inhibit sulfur in agriculture, and in the human body. The fact is most people  today are sulfur deficient.

Here is sulfur which does not require crossing the boarder…it’s a high performance broad-spectrum enzyme super anti-oxidant formula… MSM Gold ® A Systemic Enzymes: Reducing inflammation and swelling in joints.  MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) supplies biologically active sulfur – a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that speeds healing.  Clinical experience indicates that MSM does not interfere with any medication.  However, if you are under treatment for any condition and are considering taking MSM, inform your physician.

MSM Gold

All-natural nutritional supplement – blend of ingredients that soothes and relieves muscle stress and discomfort in your joints,.




8 Effects of Poor Dental Hygiene


1. Heart Disease/Stroke Risk
People with periodontal disease are two times more likely to develop heart disease and arterial narrowing as a result of bacteria and plaque entering the bloodstream through the gums. The bacteria contains a clot-promoting protein that can clog arteries, leading to an increased risk of heart attack. In addition, if high levels of disease-causing bacteria from the mouth clog the carotid artery – the blood vessel that delivers blood to the brain and head – it could increase the risk of having a stroke.

2. Increased Risk of Dementia
Tooth loss due to poor dental health is also a risk factor for memory loss and early stage Alzheimer’s disease. One study, published in Behavioral and Brain Functions, found that infections in the gums release inflammatory substances which in turn increase brain inflammation that can cause neuronal (brain cell) death.

3. Respiratory Problems
Bacteria from periodontal disease can travel through the bloodstream to the lungs where it can aggravate respiratory systems, especially in patients who already have respiratory problems. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology uncovered a link between gum disease and an increased risk of pneumonia and acute bronchitis.

“By working with your dentist or periodontist, you may actually be able to prevent or diminish the progression of harmful diseases such as pneumonia or COPD,” says Donald S. Clem, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. ”

4. Diabetes
95% of US adults with diabetes also have periodontal disease and 1/3 have such advanced disease that has lead to tooth loss. This is likely because people with diabetes are more susceptible to contracting infections.

The link between gum disease and diabetes appears to be a two-way street. In addition to having a higher risk gum disease due to diabetes, periodontal disease may also make it more difficult to control blood sugar, putting the patient at risk for even more diabetic complications.

5. Erectile Dysfunction
Men with periodontal disease are 7 times more likely to experience erectile dysfunction than men with good dental hygiene. Periodontal bacteria can travel through the bloodstream, enflaming blood vessels and blocking flow to the genitals.

6. Risk of Premature Birth
In the US, nearly 13% of babies are born prematurely according to the March of Dimes. Premature babies face a host of medical problems including breathing issues and infections. A mom’s dental health can impact this association.

Doctors theorize that one of the main causes of preterm birth is infection in the mother’s body. One common site of infection is the mouth. In addition to brushing and flossing, a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology found an association between the use of a non-alcohol antimicrobial mouth rinse in pregnant women and a decreased rate of delivering babies prematurely. The theory is that gum-disease-induced inflammation could be reduced through the regular use of bacteria-killing mouthwash.

7. Other Infertility Problems
Research presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology found that gum disease could increase the time it takes for a woman to become pregnant. In the study, women with gum disease took an average of seven months to conceive, compared to five months among their peers without gum disease.

8. Cancer
Researchers have found that men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.

Good dental practices – visiting your dentist or oral health care professional on a regular basis – can also help with early detection of oral cancers. And smokers, who are at the highest risk of such cancers, are less likely to visit a dentist, according to a survey reviewed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Alegria – a Non-Profit organization that provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, and long-term treatment for patients affected by Craniofacial Deformities.

guadamalaPartnered with maxillofacial surgeons from the US and Colombia, Alegria was established in 2013 as a California-based non-profit organization to provide surgical and medical care to patients who suffered from congenital lip and palate deformities.

With a combined experience of more than 20 years as organizers and volunteer participants of cleft lip and palate repair campaigns, founding members recognized the limitations of other foundations in providing long term, and recurrent care to patients.   The Alegria Foundation  made quality of care, over quantity of care, the organizations priority.

Among the craniofacial malformations, cleft lip and palate are the most common. The Center for Desease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States, 2650 babies are born with cleft lip every year and 4440 babies are born with cleft lip with or without palate. These numbers are a lot higher in developing countries, for example in Colombia (one of Alegria’s serving countries), cleft lip and palate deformities account for 1 case every 1000 births. However, in many parts of the world, corrective surgery and the follow-up and support services simply aren’t available, nonetheless affordable. Through creative partnerships with oral and plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatric dentists and administrative support from the US, as well as local Colombian pediatricians, oral surgeons, and psychologists, Colombian government and health ministry officials, EcoPetrol, the Rotary Club and the Colombian Red Cross, Alegria’s most recent mission treated 47 patients ranging in ages from 17 days to 24 years old in four working days.  As part of the continued care for the patients, Alegria has established working alliances with local professionals including surgeons, pediatricians, and the local health department so that the progress and overall health of patients can be continually monitored once the US-based team has left Colombia.

Informed patients have better outcomes

For The Medical Pro 1

Where can you find the questions you need to ask before Jaw Surgery or Wisdom Teeth Removal or when your Doctor suggests you may suffer from TMJ disorder?    The Cool Jaw® Learning Center is designed to provide doctors and patients, news and articles of interest relating to progressive methods of practice and patient treatment regarding Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Improving Health literacy—the degree to which people obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions; this is the goal of Cool Jaw.

Patients who are better informed about their options and who understand the evidence behind certain approaches to care may have better health outcomes.

Cool Jaw® is committed to sharing the pertinent information…

Please be aware that information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?



 Wisdom teeth, why do we have teeth that most likely have to be removed?


The answer is buried deep in history…back to the Neanderthal man.

Thousands of Years Ago, the Neanderthal man ate raw meat -breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Later the Cro-Magnon lived on a diet consisting of raw meat, berries and leaves, nuts and roots. Our earliest ancestors ate without utensils or fire for cooking. Teeth were used for chewing, and chewing, and chewing – breaking down food into digestible portions.  The large jaw, (still seen in apes) and strong, wide molars – (including the wisdom teeth) were man’s tools for surviving. All three molars were essential and the larger jaw accommodated this with room for wisdom teeth to erupt fully into the mouth.

With fire, came cooking and began the evolution of dietary change. Fast-forward to today, not only what we eat, but food preparation has modified how we chew and use our teeth.  All of the dicing, boiling, baking, and chopping involved in food preparation has made eating a pretty effortless task. Modification over the years of our jaw line – less broad and smaller; has literally pushed the wisdom teeth right out of your mouth.  There is no room. How food is prepared and consumed is why our wisdom teeth now need to be extracted.

Your Sweet Teeth & the Holidays

Cool Jaw cares about your teeth

Holidays don’t have to be harmful to your teeth.

Slip that toothbrush into your purse.  Going to a party, or on your way to Grandma’s house…Make sure and pack tooth brush, mini tooth paste, and floss.   And couldn’t those Christmas stockings use a fun new tooth brush tucked inside?

Choose Wisely. Rather than snacking and sampling all the sweets available this Holiday, choose one dessert.  And brush your teeth as soon as possible afterwards.  You’ll expose your teeth to less sugar and risk of tooth decay.

Drink water, avoid drinking sodas, sports drinks and juices with lots of sugar. Instead, drink water with fluoride in it to keep your teeth strong and healthy.  Plus the water helps wash away any sugar if you can’t brush your teeth right away.

Playing a little Hockey…or any other winter contact sport?  Grab your mouth guard.  An ounce of pervention may save your pearly whites.

Need a Nutcracker?  Nutcrackers, not teeth, are for cracking nuts.

Enjoy your Holidays!!!!