In this article, we will explain the average cost of a single dental implant and full mouth dental implants. Warning: These prices may shock you! Proceed with caution.
Single tooth implant cost
The average cost of single dental implant in the United States is $6,847.
This is the out-of-pocket price without the help of dental insurance or dental discount plans.
The total cost of the procedure may vary depending on your personal circumstances.
Use the calculator below to estimate your individual teeth implant cost. Play around. Notice how the price changes when you add associated dental procedures.
X-rays, CT scan, bone grafting, abutment… You will learn about all this in just a minute.
If you need implants for multiple teeth, the costs only rise higher. Read more below.
Full mouth dental implants cost
The average cost of full mouth dental implants in the United States is $34,000.
Unlike traditional dentures, full mouth dental implants are stable and stay in place without the need for adhesives. They are a great option for those who are missing several teeth in a row. However, you may need to have many teeth removed before all of the necessary implants can be added. This can significantly raise the associated costs of the procedure.
These dentures are becoming more and more common, especially on the lower jaw, where it is difficult to create a gumline fit.
Implant-supported denture plates aren’t so different from normal dentures, but the associated procedures can really rack up the final bill.
Why do dentists charge so much for dental implants?
There’s more to a dental implant than just hopping in a chair, receiving anesthesia, and having an artificial tooth put into your mouth. To ensure your safety and the quality of your dental implant, there are many more steps involved. Here are a few of the costs on your dental bill that may give you a scare.
|Dental code||Name of procedure||Range across USA||Average price nationwide|
|D6010||Surgical placement of implant body: endosteal implant (implant fixture)||1750-2872||2276|
|D6057||Custom fabricated abutment – includes placement||736-1505||996|
|D6058||Abutment supported porcelain/ceramic crown||1000-2500||1584|
|D6104||Bone grafting at time of implant placement*||350-1000||637|
|D6011||2nd stage surgery*||100-386||346|
X-Ray or CT Scan
Before placing the implant, your dentist will need to take an X-ray or CT scan of your mouth, and will use these images to find the best precise location for the implant. These images serve as the blueprint for dental surgery. A dental surgeon cannot undertake a dental implant procedure without looking at that blueprint.
Unfortunately, the cost of these diagnostic tests can add up. Depending on how many images the dentist and surgeon need, X-Rays and CT scans can cost somewhere between $25 and $200.
There’s also the possibility that you may need a bone graft. A bone graft is a surger in which a surgeon takes small particles of bone or a whole piece of bone from elsewhere in your body and places it in your jawbone. This procedure is only necessary for patients who do not have enough bone in their jaw to support an implant.
The cost of the bone graft will vary depending on the source of the bone and how much bone is needed. The surgeon can also source the bone from a cadaver or a cow, or can have the lab create synthetic bone. The average price for these options ranges from $250 to $1,100.
If the surgeon harvests the bone from your own body, usually from the hip or the chin, the cost is much higher. Typically the cost of a self-sourced bone graft is between $2,000 and $3,000, because the procedure involves two surgeries—the bone harvesting and the bone placement—and requires hospitalization.
If any of your teeth must be removed before the dentist can place your dental implants, that will cost extra, too. The overall cost of the extraction varies depending on the length of the visit and the difficulty of removing the tooth.
On average, here’s what a tooth extraction costs:
- $75 to $300 for a non-surgical, gum-erupted tooth removal
- 150 to $650 for a surgical extraction with anesthesia
- $185 to $600 for soft-tissue removals and complicated surgery
- $75 to $200 for a wisdom tooth removal
The Dentist’s And Surgeon’s Level Of Experience
As we mentioned above, the cost of your dental implants will vary depending on the time it takes for the surgeon to perform necessary additional surgeries and for the dentist to remove your teeth and place your implant.
The best kind of dental professional to go to would be a prosthodontist, someone who’s an expert in restoring and replacing teeth. Your entire prosthetic can rely on dental implants, so it’s best to have a specialist in that area place them securely.
These services can cost anywhere from $500 for a surgeon still in dental school up to $2,000 for an experienced dental surgeon. You’ll also need to pay the anesthesiologist, whose fees range from $500 to $800 per hour.
Cost Of Materials
Here’s the average cost of these materials in the United States:
- The implant (the part placed in the bone) can cost between $1,600 and $2,000
- The abutment (screws into the implant) can cost between $275 and $450
- The crown (attaches to the abutment) can cost between $1,000 and $3,000
The cost of getting a dental implant is significantly higher in the United States than anywhere else in the world. Other countries like Australia, Thailand, and Mexico charge much less for dental implants. If you live in the U.S. and need a dental implant, it may be more fiscally responsible to seek dental care overseas.
Here’s what to do next
It’s true—dental implants are pricey. But if you need an implant, you know that it’s more than just for looks — it can give you back the lifestyle that you want.
Continue reading on the next page and learn how to get affordable dental implants.