Dental Implants Cost

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Dental Implants Cost

Dental implants are not only one of the most expensive treatments but they are also a dental procedure with huge variations in reported costs. You may find dental implant prices varying from as low as $800 for a single implant up to $100,000 for a full mouth restoration.

Estimating the Cost of Dental Implants

It is true that unlike other dental treatments, the cost of dental implants is affected by so many different factors that rarely two cases are exactly the same. Another cause of confusion is the fact that the final dental implants cost is the total cost of many different procedures that sometimes are performed by different dental professionals.

A professional dental implant dentist will give you a treatment cost for implants only after a thorough examination and evaluation of all your individual treatment needs.

Only then the implant dentist can diagnose other existing dental health conditions, develop a treatment plan, calculate the necessary work to be performed and provide a final treatment cost for dental implants. Do not trust dental implant cost estimations given by phone or in the internet, or advertisements for low cost dental implants.

The average cost of dental implants in U.S. is around $3,000 for a single implant in a patient with good dental health and jaw bone structure, but it may vary significantly up to +/- 50%.

What does the Total Cost of Dental Implants include?

Before you start comparing prices in order to choose an implant dentist or clinic, you should first make clear what exactly is included in the price. It is not unusual for some clinics, that claim to offer affordable dental implants, to provide you a lower cost that includes just the dental implant placement, only to find out of other hidden or additional costs much later after starting the treatment. The basic components of dental implants cost are:

  • dental implant placement - including the cost of the actual implant and the cost of the oral surgery for its implantation
  • dental abutment - the post fitted on top of the implant, where the final restoration will be attached
  • tooth restoration - this could be a crown, fixed bridge or denture. The quality of the material for the crown is also important. There is a big price difference if it will be an acrylic or a porcelain crown.
A complete treatment plan for implants should also include any additional costs such as:
  • Dental consultation fees - many dental clinics provide the initial consultation for free but others may charge up to $100.
  • CT-type scans - may be required for complex cases. They provide a clearer 3d image of the jawbone but they are far more expensive (~$500) than traditional x-rays.
  • Bone grafting - if needed, in case of inefficient jaw bone at the implantation area ($800-$5,000)
  • Gum grafting - if needed, in case of receded gums due to periodontal disease gum grafting is needed to increase the amount of gum tissue close to the implantation area ($800-$1,000).
  • Sinus elevation (sinus augmentation) - when the height of the jaw bone under the sinus cavity is not enough for the placement of a dental implant, you will need a sinus lift operation ($1,000-$1,500).

You must also know that dental insurance that covers dental implant costs is very expensive, and in most cases your insurance provider will not offer coverage for implant related procedures.

If you do not want to find yourself in the difficult financial situation to be charged with additional costs in the course of the treatment, you should ask your implant dentist to make clear what treatments you will need and if they are all included in the dental implants cost.

This could be a bit confusing especially if multiple professionals will be involved in the treatment (e.g. your general dentist, a periodontist or oral surgeon and a prosthodontist), but it is absolutely important in order to avoid any surprises. Unfortunately it is not unusual a treatment with initial advertised cost of under $1000, to end up over $4000 for a single implant.

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