How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The total cost of your dental implant treatment will depend on several factors, including where in the mouth your missing teeth are located, the type of dental implant used, and whether or not you need to have a procedure to build up bone volume before your implants are placed. If you have dental or health insurance, you may receive partial coverage on your dental implants. Keep reading to learn more about how much your dental implants may cost and why they seem to cost so much. Then schedule an appointment with Dr. Steve L. Koo at Piney Point Dental Implant Center to learn more about the specifics of your implant procedure.
What Are the Types of Dental Implants and Their Costs?
There are a number of manufacturers providing a variety of types of dental implants -- over 60 of them, in fact. Dr. Koo and our staff will provide advice to help you determine the best types of materials, abutments, crowns, and implants to fit your smile and budgetary needs.
The shape, location, and method of placement all affect the total cost of your dental implant procedure. Dental implants are completed in one stage or two, with two-stage dental implants being the most popular method of replacement.
Traditional Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants are composed of three parts. We have outlined the components and the average cost of a single traditional implant here:
- Dental Implant: $1,000 to $3,000
- Abutment and Crown: $500 to $3,000
- Total Cost: $4,000 per implant, on average
When more than one tooth has been lost, an implant-retained bridge provides sturdy multiple-tooth replacement. It depends on how many teeth are missing and where in the mouth they are located, but you can expect the average cost of an implant-retained bridge to range anywhere from $4,000 to $30,000.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are like traditional implants, just on a smaller scale. They are less invasive, completed faster, and cost less than their larger counterparts -- by as much as half. The price you will pay for tooth replacement with a mini dental implant looks something like this:
- Single Mini Dental Implant: $500 to $1,500
- Mini Dental Implants for a Lower Denture: $12,000 to $30,000
All-on-4, Teeth In a Day Procedures
Patients who have lost all of their teeth do not need to fear they will have to have a dental implant placed for each missing tooth. Doing so would be too invasive and prohibitively expensive. In cases of total tooth loss, your implant dentist can sometimes secure a full denture on as few as four to six dental implants. The treatment, known as All-on-4 or Teeth In a Day, provides an affordable alternative to patients who wish to benefit from implant dentistry. Even better, immediate loading of the prosthetic teeth is possible with All-on-4 /Teeth In a Day.
- All-on-4 Average Treatment Cost: Around $30,000
Why Do Dental Implants Cost So Much?
If you have priced all of your options in tooth replacement, you are probably left with one question -- why are dental implants considerably more expensive than the fixed bridge, or a non-implant retained denture? Well, it might be surprising, but we would like for you to consider the fact that dental implants are really not all that expensive when you think about the return on investment they provide. You really can’t put a price on a healthy, long-lasting smile.
The reason dental implants cost more than other options is pretty simple. The procedure requires extreme precision and advanced treatment planning, so you need to visit a highly-trained specialist for the most successful placement and restoration. Many general dentists can fit you for a denture or apply a traditional crown and bridge, but fewer are qualified to perform in-depth, comprehensive implant care.
And of course, the method of placement isn’t cheap for your implant dentist, either. Treatment planning requires capturing three-dimensional images of your oral structures with a Cone Beam CT scanner. Each dental implant is made out of biocompatible titanium, a special material that is actually able to fuse with your jawbone for unsurpassed stability.
Most patients also like to have a little help relaxing throughout their procedures in addition to local anesthesia. Oral conscious or intravenous sedation during dental implant procedures can greatly improve the entire process -- but it does add additional cost to your dental implant treatment.
What Should I Budget for With Dental Implants?
What is included in the price of your dental implant treatment? The dental implants themselves, sedation or anesthetic options you request, and any necessary preparatory procedures should all certainly be considered as you budget for your dental implants. People who have had missing teeth for a long time (i.e. months or years) have likely already experienced the bone loss and degeneration that impede proper healing following the dental implant procedure. Bone grafting and sinus lift are two common procedures that your implant dentist may recommend before your dental implants can be placed.
The Cost of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting replaces degenerated tissue with healthy bone from elsewhere in the body, or from a donor site. Bone grafting with your own bone is slightly more expensive. Grafting with a material from somewhere else -- usually from a cadaver, a cow, or with a bone-like synthetic material -- costs considerably less.
The approximate cost of single bone grafting (on one location) before dental implants depending on material used is:
- Bone grafting with cow, cadaver, or synthetic material: $250 to $1,000
- With your own bone: From $2,000 to $3,000
The Cost of Sinus Lift
Sinus lift is necessary when there is not enough room to replace teeth in the upper jaw. You may need it on both sides of your mouth or just one. The typical cost for sinus lift is approximately $2,000 per side.
At Piney Point Dental Implant Center, we perform bone augmentation procedures from our own state-of-the-art facilities to improve convenience and potentially reduce the cost associated with your dental implant procedure.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Most dental insurance plans require patients to choose the least expensive option in restorative dentistry, and that includes in your tooth replacement. Many dental insurance plans will cover traditional crown and bridge therapy or non-implant retained dentures rather than dental implants. However, as it becomes increasingly clear that dental implants offer the ultimate in long-lasting tooth replacement that also benefit oral and overall health, some dental insurance plans are beginning to expand coverage to include implant dentistry. And even if your dental insurance does not cover implants, your health insurance may.
At Piney Point Dental Implant Center, we accept a number of popular dental insurance plans. Our highly-trained staff is also here to help you navigate the particulars of your plan. You can either contact your provider directly, or work with us to find out more about whether or not you are eligible for coverage on your dental implants.
Don’t Cut Corners On Your Tooth Replacement
Dental implants do come at a higher initial cost than other options in tooth replacement, but nothing replaces teeth better than the comprehensive solution. Over 95 percent successful in eligible candidates, dental implants are unquestionably the best solution for replacing one or more missing teeth.
No matter how well you care for them, non-implant retained prosthetics (i.e. dentures) will need to be replaced every five or six years to keep up with the changing shape of your jawbone. Fixed bridges, which are anchored in your smile with the help of two dental crowns over the surrounding healthy teeth, may also need periodic replacement. And the healthy teeth that have been affected may require advanced treatment later on.
With proper care and maintenance, you will never have to worry about your dental implants becoming loose or uncomfortable due to a loss of volume in your jaw. Dental implants can be expected to last for the wearer’s lifetime -- and that is a lot of healthy, stable smiles. Save money in the long run by making a smart investment from the get-go.
Additional cost-saving benefits of dental implants include:
- Freedom from denture adhesives
- No need for special diet modifications
- Little risk for infection related to oral sores or blisters
- Prevent the need for additional tooth replacement by keeping remaining teeth healthy and strong
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you would like to learn more about the specifics of your dental implants, including how much you can expect them to cost, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at Piney Point Dental Implant Center. We will evaluate the extent of your tooth loss and the health of your jaw bone to give you an accurate estimate for how much you can expect your tooth replacement to cost. But you should remember that no matter how much they cost, dental implants are always worth the investment -- and then some.
Please schedule a consultation at Piney Point Dental Implant Center today.