How much do dental implants cost? Average prices for single and full mouth dental implants

Benjamin Joy

Written by Benjamin Joy DDS, Jason Chong DDS, Atom Edenson DMD, Matthew Stewart DDS, Richard Hattaway DDS

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 overall, 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, what can you expect?

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Full mouth dental implants cost broken down

Full mouth dental implants

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Complete dentures on implants are most commonly performed on edentulous patients. Some may be good candidates for permanent solutions, such as All-On-4.

You should expect to pay about $10,000 for removable implant-retained dentures and roughly $21,000 for fixed full-mouth dental implants.

FULL MOUTH IMPLANTS TYPEAVERAGE COSTCOST 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.

A closer look at the cost of single tooth implant

Single tooth implant

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The average price across the US for a single tooth implant is $4,800. Dental implants costs near you may range from $3,500 up to $6,700. The location is one of the biggest determining factors.

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).

Richard Hattaway

Richard Hattaway, DDS

If you choose to do a pre-fabricates abutment option and are not prepared to pay for a custom fabricated abutment, you could be looking at more costly fixes down the road.

Associated costs

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Below you can find information that will help you guess which of the additional procedures you might need. These will generate additional costs, according to the ranges provided.

PROCEDUREAVERAGE COSTCOST RANGE
Oral evaluation$100$50-$200
Panoramic X-ray$130$100-$250
Cone beam CT$350$150-$750
Tooth extraction$300$200-$700
Bone grafting$650$350-$1000

Have a read-through to find what you can expect them to involve.

Oral evaluation

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 might 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.

Dental anesthesia

The cost of sedation should be included in your dental implant budget. If you settle for a local injection, it will be included in the cost. Bearing in mind the complexity of the procedure, you are almost sure to require a more deeper form of anesthesia.

The prices can be as high as $250 for each 15 minute increment. What’s more, it might be necessary during different stages, not just the dental implant procedure itself. The dentist is likely to recommend it during bone grafting or tooth extraction as well.

Dental X-rays

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. The cost of dental X-rays (most common CBCT and a panoramic X-ray) is an inherent part of the dental implant procedure.

Tooth extraction

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

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, you should consider bone grafting part of the cost, as without it dental implants are often not an option.

Does insurance cover dental implants?

Multiple dental implants parts

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Insurance companies generally don’t cover implants. They regard them as cosmetic surgery. Moreover, if your teeth fell out before the policy was active, they can refuse to reimburse you for restoration on them altogether.

The insurance might cover some related procedures though, for example X-rays and extractions. It will still come with paperwork, waiting periods, and yearly maximums. That can drag the process out over multiple years.

We recommend dental discount plans as the best way to save on implants instead. Patients pay a monthly or yearly fee in exchange for reductions on all dental procedures. There is no need to prove that anything is medically necessary, you can get discounts on purely cosmetic procedures as well.

All your dental work will be cheaper by 10%-60%. There are no yearly maximums and there is no paperwork to fill out. You simply visit an in-network dentist and enjoy your savings.

You may even be able to combine plans with insurance. When you reach your yearly maximum it is up to the dentist to decide whether to honor your discounts.

FAQ

Why are dental implants 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.

The planning process requires a lot of skill and precision. In order for your surgery to be safe, the dentist must be trained in administering anesthesia. An anesthesiologist might also have to be present. The materials implants are made from are expensive too, as they must be body-safe and durable. All this adds up to a large bill.

Do I have to pay the full price of the implant at once?

Many dental offices offer installment plans that can help you spread the cost out over months or even years. Some will even work with your insurance provider to make the most of your yearly caps. Shop around in your area or consider travelling in order to get the best price possible.

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