Dental implants have a reputation for their ability to break budgets. According to our survey, almost 90% of people can’t afford them. A single dental implant costs around $4,800, while a full mouth of dental implants can cost $21,500 on average.
Those prices do not take into account insurance, dental plans, or any other discounts. But they also don’t include costs of associated procedures. So, how bad is it?Creative Commons
Single tooth implant cost
The average cost across the US for a single tooth implant is $4,800. The lowest prices start at $3,500 and may go up to $6,700.
The costs of a dental implant include the money you’ll pay for the surgical placement of the implant body, abutment, and crown. The materials of those influence the price most greatly.
In our estimates, we have taken into account a porcelain crown on a custom-made abutment (rather than the cheaper, pre-fabricated option).
Use the calculator to check how the price changes in particular circumstances. Any prospective reimbursements are not taken into account in the values that pop up.
Some additional procedures have been described in this article. This should help you decide which might be relevant in your case.
Full mouth dental implants cost
Multiple implants are an option for patients who are missing more than one tooth.
You should expect to pay about $10,000 for removable full-mouth dental implants and roughly $21,000 for fixed full-mouth dental implants.
|Full mouth implants type||Average cost||Cost range|
|Removable implant-retained dentures||$10,500||$8,000-$17,500|
|Fixed implant-supported dentures||$21,500||$15,000- $28,000|
Please note that these amounts concern the price for a single arch, top or bottom. If you are interested in replacing all of your teeth, double the values.
Play around with the calculator to see what costs you can expect in your situation. As mentioned above, the prices below are given before any prospective reimbursements.
Removable implant-retained dentures
Removable implant-retained dentures, sometimes referred to as snap-in dentures, provide the patient with 40-50% of their chewing ability (compared to natural teeth). They can last five to ten years.
Removable solutions can be mounted on different amounts of implants. Even just two make a great difference in stability when compared to conventional dentures. That is exactly the amount of implants taken into account in the price quoted above.
Fixed implant-supported dentures
Non-removable solutions require at least four implants for supporting an arch.
Dr. Jason Chong
As with any appliance, maintenance is required and things will eventually wear out. While this type of denture lacks the snaps of the removable implant-retained denture, the denture itself can still wear out and will require eventual replacement.
Below you can find information that will help you guess which of the procedures you might need. These will generate additional costs, according to the ranges provided.
|Procedure||Average cost||Cost range|
|Cone beam CT||$350||$150-$750|
Below we have listed the most common procedures which may be required. Have a read-through to find what you can expect them to involve.
Implant placement per se is not the only cost you have to consider. You will have to pay for a dental exam before any serious steps are taken. The dentist will first evaluate your medical history.
Here you should mention any diseases or illnesses you have or have had. You can make clear what you expect as regards your replacement teeth.
An oral evaluation also involves having a look at which teeth are still present in your mouth. The dentist will assess what state they are in and a treatment plan will be devised. A cast of your mouth will be taken afterwards. These steps might take a few appointments.
At the end, the doctor will recommend the best route to take as for your new teeth!
In order to install implants safely in your mouth the dentist or oral surgeon will need to inspect the space and the internal structures in your mouth. He or she will also have a look at the soft tissues, nerve pathways, and bone.
There are many different types of X-rays and the dental professional will know best which are necessary. Paying for a cone-beam CT and a panoramic X-ray should be considered part of the overall price for a dental implant. You can learn more about prices of dental X-rays here.
One or more tooth extractions may be necessary before your implants are placed in your mouth.
These costs are dependent on the type of tooth that needs to be removed and its location.
Some teeth are easier to remove than others. Especially with molars the dentist might need to numb your mouth or sedate you. While sedation is optional, numbing is necessary for all teeth extractions.
These procedures affect the price greatly.
Bone grafting serves to create a thicker space in the bone for the implant to sit in. The thicker the bone the more stable the implant is. Bone grafting helps to prevent implant failure, which could generate even more costs.
You might require hospitalization before, during, and after this procedure. This step might drag the whole process out by several months. Nonetheless, without bone grafting dental implants are often not an option, so you should consider it part of the cost.
Do dental implants have to be so expensive?
Generally, dental implants are considered to be among the most expensive of all dental treatments. Bearing that in mind, they are also deemed the best method of replacing missing teeth.
There are some ways to prevent your budget from breaking, even when you decide that implants are your best option. Affordable implants are hard to find, but not impossible, and you might even get dental implants for free with some digging.
Dr. Namrita Harchandari
Dental implants have a very high success rate and are one of the best options to replace a front tooth permanently.
If you are insured you are going to want to reach out to your provider. There aren’t many policies directed at dental implant insurance exactly, but some companies might reimburse you, at least for a few of the associated procedures. There’s one condition, though: the implants have to be medically necessary.
Sometimes, they aren’t. Ever heard of the CDG? It’s a nifty solution if you are looking at dental implants, but can’t exactly afford them. The abbreviation stands for “cosmetic dentistry grant program”. But there are others out there. You might want to search for a grant to help pay for your implants, especially, if you can’t convince your provider that they’re indispensable.
What are your thoughts?
There are many ways to fund implants, but, unfortunately, most people have to do it out of their own pocket. It’s important to remember, though, that they are a lifelong solution.
Join the discussion in the comment section. Let us and other candidates know if you are considering dental implants or if you already have them. How much did they set you back?
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