The vast majority of people in need of tooth replacement have multiple options.
Dental implants and dentures are the most common treatments that people select.
In this guide, we will go in-depth about the cost of dental implants.
You may encounter a range of prices when shopping for dental implants. There are also ways you can bring the dental implant costs down. We will discuss all of that here.
But let’s start off with pricing information based on a the different types of dental implants you may need.
How Much Are Dental Implants?
Let start out with the “hard costs”:
What should you expect to pay for dental implants before any financial assistance or discounts.
The cost of a single-tooth dental implant can range from $1,000 to $3,000.
The cost of the abutment and crown can range from $500 to $3,000.
In total, the cost of a full dental implant can fall between $1,500 and $6,000.
This is the out-of-pocket price for the full procedure of a single tooth implant including the consultation, the implant, abutment, and crown.
If you need to replace multiple teeth, the costs only go up. There are also different types of dental implants. Depending on your tooth replacement needs, they may all be an option.
A dental implant with an attached crown is the most common way to replace a single missing tooth.
Multiple Tooth Implants
Multiple implants are an option when a patient is missing more than one tooth.
This procedure is typically done for people that have surrounding teeth on either side of the open area. And it requires a healthy gum line to hold the implants in place.
How many implants you need depends partially on the number of teeth needing replacement.
However, location of the mission teeth also plays a role. (You don’t necessarily need an implant for each tooth if they are adjacent to each other.)
Prices can really go up when you need multiple teeth replaced in different areas of your mouth.
The cost of multiple tooth implants can range from $3,000 to $30,000 (or more).
One might say the average cost of multiple implants is roughly $8,500, though it varies widely based on a patient’s needs.
Implant supported dentures become better options as the number of missing teeth begin to climb.
Implant Supported Dentures
Nowadays, many people who need dentures opt for implant-supported ones.
Unlike traditional dentures, implant supported dentures are stable without the need for adhesives. They make a great option for those who are missing several teeth in a row. However, you may need to have teeth removed before all of the necessary implants can be added.
These kinds of dentures are becoming more and more common, especially on the lower jaw where it is more difficult to create a gumline fit.
Due to the combination of procedures that may be required, implant supported dentures can get very expensive.
In total, you can expect to pay between $25,000 and $95,000.
The average cost for implant supported dentures is about $34,000.
Making Dental Implants More Affordable
If you’re looking to avoid that 5-figure bill, there are a few things you can do.
Let’s start with what our government will (or will not) help with.
Dental Assistance Through Government Programs
The cost of healthcare in America is unbelievably high—dental included.
Between Medicaid and Medicare, the federal government at least tries to help patients afford the sky-high medical expenses.
Dental care is rarely consider high priority. Still, there are some dental expenses they may help you deal with (though it is usually on less appealing terms).
Medicare is a federally funded program providing health insurance that is designed for the elderly and people with disabilities. If you qualify, you probably already know.
However, it may be able to help lower out-of-pocket hospital expenses or any inpatient healthcare costs in the event of a dental-related emergency.
When you use Medicare for this reason, it typically won’t cover the actual expense of the dental procedure, but it can assist with the other aspects that are not directly linked to dental work.
It can, however, assist with certain types of dental services in the event that you are hospitalized due to an emergency or an accident.
Medicare on its own is not the place for assistance with the cost of your implants.
Yet you can find some Medicare Advantage or “Medigap” plans offered through private companies that can provide some forms of dental coverage.
The specific plans will vary depending on your location. You should do research into what types of dental plans are being offered as a Medicare add-on in your area.
Medicaid is another health insurance program offered by the government. It is income based, making it suitable for people of all ages.
Eligibility requirements factor in age, disability, pregnancy, and other factors.
Medicaid has a wider scope than Medicare. However, it is jointly funded by the federal government and the states and therefore differs from state to state.
Depending on where you live, some benefits are mandatory and others are optional. Yet, dental coverage almost always falls under “optional”.
Still, you should your own research as Medicaid covers “emergency” and “medically necessary” treatments. Which means it often comes down to the interpretation of medical and legal definitions.
If the treatment is for a child, for instance, those definitions may be stretched a bit further. CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) is a children’s health care coverage plan that is offered through Medicaid. Those with children may also qualify for this type of coverage as well.
If you have questions about Medicare or Medicaid, you can reach them through telephone at 1-800-MEDICARE.
They will be able to let you know what is available to you based on your location and income levels.
If you don’t qualify for such programs, you’ll likely be footing a heftier portion of your dental implants bill, but you still have other some options to take a look at.
As of 2013, 126 million US citizens were without dental insurance. The main reason is because most standard health insurance plans don’t include dental insurance.
Instead, you have to find it as standalone coverage.
Purchased this way, dental insurance can seem very expensive. That’s probably why a great number of Americans pass on dental coverage altogether.
Still, their thinking is faulty.
No time is that more obvious than when you receive a tooth replacement estimate for $50,000.
And given the standard American diet, such bills are likely to become more than more common over time.
We’ve laid the out-of-pocket costs out for you. So you have to see that dental insurance can be a real life saver for those whose tooth replacement isn’t covered by Medicaid or Medicare.
Still, it may be difficult to find a plan that will cover large implant procedures.
Annual maximums for most dental insurance plans don’t exceed $1,500.
If you want a dental insurance plan that will help you with the cost of dental implants, you’ll need to hunt for it carefully.
Other Options for Discount Dental Implants
If you cannot afford dental insurance and you do not qualify for government assistance, you aren’t completely out of luck. You just need to do a little more digging.
Dental schools are always on the lookout for test patients that their undergraduates can gain experience with. You will often find the biggest discounts here. Don’t worry, these undergrads are always supervised by a qualified professional.
The procedures may take longer to get through; however, you are not putting yourself in danger. If the thought makes you uncomfortable, you may also find more experienced students at a postgraduate clinic. Just be aware that you’re likely looking at a lesser discount.
Many times though, the best deals are wait for your in your local city or town. New (and sometimes established) clinics offer discounts in an effort to grow their clientele. These types of deals will require a bit more than a simple Internet search but most would say that saving thousands is worth it.
Call the clinics in your area to see if they have any discounts that they are offering.
Dental implant costs are certainly high. But if you do your due diligence, you might be able to find a way to bring the price down to something reasonably within your budget.
If not, you might want to look into some of the more naturally-affordable tooth replacement options on the market. Dentures cost is significantly lower than implants.
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