The Average Cost Of Dental Implants

The older we get we are bound to lose our teeth because of disease, accidents or the wear and tear of life. After we lost our teeth we realize the crucial role that teeth play in our lives. They affect the way we look and in turn it enhances or lowers our self esteem and confidence. Missing teeth will make you look older than what you are and do nothing for the way you eat or chew. It can be extremely embarrassing to smile and bare gaps and missing teeth rather than a pearly row of straight white teeth. All these factors gave birth to the dental implant procedures.

Dental implants are the need in the patient to replace and restore their missing teeth with something as close to natural teeth as possible. The latest dental implants not only look good, but also feel and perform just like normal teeth you are born with. They are the epitome of aesthetics, usability and functionality all mixed into one. Dental implants are far better than traditional dentures. They are stable and fixed permanently hence no shifting. They are user-friendly and help your jaws, gums and bones remain healthy.
Now, you might wonder that dental implants certainly sound like the top of the shelf procedure then what is the cost involved. How much will I have to shell out in order to get all of these benefits? The cost of dental implants varies depending on the number of missing teeth, the dentist who is attending to you and the area of town or country or the world that you undergo this treatment. There are several factors and variables involved in this which can determine the cost of the dental implants.
However, if you were to look at the median range then dental implants will set you back by $2000 to $4000 and can even go up to $14000 in some cases. Moreover, the exact cost is hard to pin point as it will differ from patient to patient based on their individual needs and the materials used.
Before, you begin the treatment that is the time for you to determine the cost of the dental implant that you will incur. Talk about this with the dentist or the dental associates. Discuss the various dental implant options and the cost that are involved. What are the payment options that you have? Financing companies do take into consideration any advanced dental treatment that you might have to undergo. Third party finance companies offer credit and dental offices also offer installment plans for dental implant treatments.
There are places where the dental implant will approximately cost you about $1500 per tooth. There might be additional costs involved too such as preparing the jaw bone to accept the implant. This can increase the cost. Many dentists go on to offer you a discount if you go in for more than one dental implant at a time.
The factors that determine and affect the cost of the dental implant are the number of times you will have to visit the dentist. This will include the fees and the services offered for every sitting and stage of the treatment.
The first visit is for the dentist to estimate about the treatment, the appropriate dental implant and the time scale that it will take. This first visit is either free or considered to be a consultation or could be covered by insurance. Some patients might require bone grafts which can go on to cost you a further $750.
If you were to consider the break-up of costs for dental implants then:
  1. Bone grafts - $750
  2. Implanting the titanium post into the jaw - $1000- 2000
  3. Attaching the implant - $600 – 800
  4. The crown or the false tooth - $800 – 1000
The cost of the implant will rise or fall based on the location of the tooth. Whether, it is at the back of the lower jaw which is difficult to reach, nerves in the area that need expertise. Implants which have unusual sizes or special coatings are several dollars more than the normal ones. Mini implants used to fill up narrow spaces in between teeth cost about a third of the full dental implants for several missing teeth.
Unfortunately, dental implants are not covered by any insurance company as it comes under the purview of cosmetic surgery. However, there are several financing and payment plans to help patients pay for the cost of dental implants. There are some companies that offer you payment plans with no interest if you were to pay up the principal amount within 3 to 18 months. There are credit companies that charge a 12 percent interest for repayment of principal amount of over a period of 2 to 5 years. There are flexible accounts which may allow patients to keep aside money to cover dental implants cost.
If you look at dentures and bridges these are covered by insurance companies. Now, before you rejoice, these are the kind that requires more maintenance and repairs in the long run. Whereas dental implants are permanent no hassle once they are fixed.
There are several different kinds of specialists to work on restoring your missing teeth and dental implants. There will be dentists who provide you with cosmetic dentistry and have receive only a few days of training in implants whereas on the other hand you will have prosthodontists who specialize in this field and have received over three years of training. The amount of training, experience and expertise that the dentist has will affect the cost greatly. The quality of the procedure, materials used, the dental clinic, the dental team and the centralized location will all add on to the cost. The patient must be clear about the stages of the treatment and how much could be the additional cost beyond the particular figure quoted and for what. This way there will be no unpleasant surprises for the patient later on.

The factors that determine the cost of the dental implants are:

  1. Materials Used – the dental implant prosthesis is determined by the companies that manufacture them. There is not much price variation here.
  2. Imaging – the X-rays and CTs add to the cost. Although this makes the procedure modern and accurate, it even makes it expensive.
  3. Laboratory – the work done to make the final preparations for the crown
  4. Patient’s Condition – this takes into account the age, oral hygiene and the jaw bone as this will determine if any further treatment is needed before or after the dental implant.
  5. Expertise/Service Charges – the time that the dentists spends in treating you and how much value would s/he place on the time spent. Expertise and knowledge comes at a certain cost.

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Posted By : lori on 19-Aug-2015 01:17 PM
I am 52 and have several missing teeth in back and now my top front 4 are breaking off. My own teeth are crooked and stick out a little. I was thinking of permanent dentures? It would be nice to have a beautiful smile for once in my life. Am I correct that my permanent dentures can make my smile better? Could you give me your best idea of how much something like that might cost? I don't have a clue and I am putting away a savings to pay for them. Thank u so much.

Posted By : lori on 19-Aug-2015 09:10 AM
I am 52 and have several missing teeth in back and now my top front 4 are breaking off. My own teeth are crooked and stick out a little. I was thinking of permanent dentures? It would be nice to have a beautiful smile for once in my life. Am I correct that my permanent dentures can make my smile better? Could you give me your best idea of how much something like that might cost? I don't have a clue and I am putting away a savings to pay for them. Thank u so much.

Posted By : Gene on 27-Apr-2014 08:03 AM
Personally, I would suggest to people to obviously get a quote, BUT first say to yourself "I am about to put the price of a decent used/new car into my mouth...Do I really need it?" Then the choice is clear, if you can afford it.

Posted By : Gene on 27-Apr-2014 08:01 AM
Personally, I would suggest to people to obviously get a quote, BUT first say to yourself "I am about to put the price of a decent used/new car into my mouth...Do I really need it?" Then the choice is clear, if you can afford it.

Posted By : Jim on 16-Jan-2014 08:52 PM
Any idea on what the quality rate is on the implants . Those screws shown above have most likely been made offshore and never checked for flaws and defects .

Posted By : Raj on 22-Feb-2013 10:36 PM
I got 11 implants and sinus lift in India. The Dr. who did mine does about 3,000 implants a year and is very qualified in the field. The total cost with crowns was 6,200 Canadian.

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 02-Sep-2012 10:50 PM

Dear TALITHA, The cost of dental implants is not fixed and varies as per the qualification of a dentist, the city where you are living and the material that is being used. On an average in california, you will be charge $7,250 for dental implants. Now since your insurance has expired you can visit a dental school for the treatment. There the treatment charges are very less. Else you can seek the help of CARE CREDIT. In care credit, the company pays for your whole treatment and you can return them the money in easy monthly installments.


Posted By : talitha on 02-Sep-2012 01:23 PM
Hi I am 23 and live in Oklahoma... I am looking into getting dental implants but I don't know a average price range... I have cerebral palsy, lucky it only affected my speech and dental.. but I had surgery two years ago, to straightened up my overbite with the hopes that it would help my speech, howqever I misunderstood about who I needed to go about the partials .. I thought my oral surgeon was providing it because the way he talked but I never actually asked.. and by time I found out it was too late, my insurance had expired... anyhow I'm 23 and I just want to smile again Anyone's help or advice would be appreciated.

Posted By : eric on 28-Aug-2012 03:38 PM
Is there any where that offers affordable implants

Posted By : Rhonda on 23-Aug-2012 03:30 PM
Why does it say implants are not covered by insurance, I know for a fact that both MetLife and delta dental cover 50%. I am currently having one placed right now.

Posted By : Dr.melissa on 20-Jul-2012 12:23 AM
Charles ,you can look for dental schools around ur place that offer dental treatment at very cheap rates as there are dental students working in there under the supervision of senior dentists.They provide cheap and effective treatment ,so u can look for them.

Posted By : Charles Bradley on 18-Jul-2012 03:01 PM
I have had dentures for 35 years and have been advised to get mini dental implants. The place that advised me was Affordable Dentures and I was advised to go to the office south of Indy. I live in Louisville, KY. and the distance is to far away. is there any one around Louisville that is close in cost? Affordable Dentures advertises between 1500 and 1900 dollars.

Posted By : GarryOwen on 06-Jul-2012 02:30 PM
Our dental offices have excellent prices on dental implants due to the fact that we only use implants by Zimmer Dental and can pass the savings on to our patients visit

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 17-Jun-2012 10:55 PM
DORA, yes you can get implants but for that you need to get yourself checked for whether the underlying alveolar bone will support the implants. If you alveolar bone in perfect, in good shape then i don't think you would be requiting implants as implants are meant for the one having weak alveolar bone that can't support dentures. But still if you want you can go for it.

Posted By : Dora on 16-Jun-2012 01:56 PM

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 11-May-2012 09:40 PM
SHIRLEY KING, At this age i would suggest you to go for implants since your jaw bone is too weak to support the weight of dentures and also there won't be any retention so you will be having problems even if you go for new set of dentures. The average cost of dental implants ranges from $2000 or $4000 to $14000.

Posted By : Shirley KIng on 11-May-2012 05:36 PM
I have had dentures since 19 years old now 71. My jaw bone is not good on the bottom so I need to have something done before I have new dentures or implants. I need someones advice on how this all works and the cost of all.

Posted By : Tia on 14-Apr-2012 03:23 PM
I am 35 yearsold, I ave done everything I could to keep my teeth, according to my dentist the roots of my upper teeth are all cracked. Seen on xray I am so depressed, I can barely eat or breath. I am a single mom of a special needs child, I put myself thru school, t better both our lives. who is gonna hire me with no teeth. The dr said I should get 2 implants and later on save for more. How when I can't even pay of my student loan.. Can anyone advise me People don't *doctors especialy wont een talk to me cause they hear I have no insurance, and I am broke. I guess this si what a statistic is all about. oone cares about you. Your only value is what is in your pocket. I had saved for 2 crowns jsut 2 have them break and fall out Dentist said the inside rotted and the metal prong broke.He cemented them back in said i have a year if im lucky maybe

Posted By : clare on 31-Mar-2012 03:41 PM
I had a removable partial denture made 3 months ago and one tooth fell out just last week. Only use in daytime and put in container at night. Dentist that made this lives 600 miles from me so am seeking advise of another dentist I know nearby as to what to do. Saw a denturist last week, recommended to me and she said it is not good. I brought X-rays with me and they pulled out the top 4 middle teeth to do the procedure. Put on Care-Credit for payment of $4,000.00. Sent them photo's of denture. They told me to put bonding on the tooth that fell out. Denturist tells me not to do this as it will not hold. I've notified CareCredit about the problem and will wait to see what my dentist at present location advises. I am retired and have very limited income.

Posted By : Dr. Ritz on 29-Mar-2012 08:19 AM
Vee, Yes, you can think about crowns but for permanent crown you may have to wait for a year or two as your son is too young. The other option is the veneers. You can discuss with your dentist about the treatment options.

Posted By : Cathy on 29-Mar-2012 04:44 AM
I am paying $37,000 for full upper implanta and believe I was grossly overcharged.From everything that I have read this cost should have been about $25,000. Is there anything I can do to resolve this? Unfortunately, the dentist thinks he is too good to discuss this with me. Need advice please.

Posted By : Vee on 27-Mar-2012 11:19 AM
My son had braces and was very hard-headed about eating candy. He's 15 now, the braces have been removed, and he has a tarter stain acriss the top of 13 of his top/bottom teeth due to the sugar. It can't be removed, so I was maybe looking at crowning those teeth to give it a better look. Is that possible?

Posted By : Dr Ritz on 17-Feb-2012 10:19 AM
Jen, Bridge and implants, both are permanent solutions for replacement of missing teeth but the procedure is different. In case of bridge, adjacent teeth are also used as support but in dental implant the support is taken from bone by putting screw. Implant are much more expensive than bridge. Dental implant is a surgical procedure involving healing time of around 3 months whereas bridge is no surgical and is within week or 10 days. There are other factors which have to be taken in consideration. So go to your dentist and get clinical examination done and discuss the options. Costwise Dental implants are not covered by most insurances where bridges can be partially covered.

Posted By : jen on 16-Feb-2012 04:24 PM
I had my front three teeth pulled and got apartial adn was wantting to get something more perment would a bridge or implants

Posted By : Dr Carl on 11-Jan-2012 12:22 AM
Elizabeth, If there are missing teeth present, then they can be replaced with dental implants, dental bridge or partial dentures. Patients with auto-immune condition are not suitable candidates for dental implants. Dental implants are made of titanium and chronic exposure of metal can cause risk of coming out of remission. You can discuss with your implantologist that whether dental implants can be given to you or not. After taking medical history and after thorough examination, your dentist will tell you better.

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