How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants varies greatly, but typically ranges between $3,000-$4,500 per implant. Factors that will inform the total cost of treatment include any additional treatments that may be necessary to address underlying issues and ensure the structural integrity of your jawbone to support the implants, number of appointments, and what type of dental sedation is used as part of the treatment process. Additional factors that will contribute to the total cost of treatment include the professional reputation of your dentist or periodontist, where the office is geographically located, and whether you have dental insurance, and if so, whether the procedure is covered by your dental insurance plan.
In addition to the cost of placing your dental implants, there are typically additional costs associated with the process which will increase the overall cost of treatment, which include the following:
- Dental Exam: $50-$200
- Panoramic X-ray: $100-$200
- Cone Beam CT: $150-$300
- Periapical X-ray: $25-$50
- Moderate Sedation: $100-$500
- Deep Sedation: $150-$450
- Material Costs: Implant: $1,600-$2,000; Abutment: $275 -$450; Crown: $1,000-$3,000.
If additional procedures are necessary to prepare the mouth for the implants, the total cost will increase. The most common preparatory procedures are:
- Bone Graft: Cadaver Bone: $250-$1,100; Bone from Patient: $2,000-$3,000
- Teeth Extraction: Non-surgical Removal: $75-$300; Complicated Surgery: $185-$600
Are Dental Implants Worth the Cost?
Although the time and cost involved in getting dental implants placed is extensive, it is important to consider the many benefits you will enjoy once the procedure is complete, which include:
- Natural looking smile
- Long lasting solution that provides permanent results
- Can be cared for just like natural teeth
- Surrounding teeth do not need to be prepped or ground down
- Reduced risk of bone loss
- Feels like natural teeth
- Does not affect your speech
- Restores your ability to enjoy all types of food
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Dental insurance plans often cover dental implant procedures, but it will be necessary to confer with your office and/or provider to determine if you are covered, and if so, how much is covered. Because the process of getting dental implants takes several months, many times patients will schedule parts of the process to occur closer towards the end of the year so their benefits refresh by the time the next round of treatment is necessary.
If you do not have insurance and/or are not part of a dental discount plan and are concerned about the cost of treatment, ask your clinic if they offer payment plans. Though not always the case, some clinics will allow their patients to pay a portion of the bill up front and make regular monthly payments until the balance is settled. Although the cost involved in getting dental implants is a significant consideration, remember that the end result will be a new set of permanent teeth that will provide you with a full, natural feeling and looking smile that can last you a lifetime.