I’m sure you’ve heard that dental implants are shockingly expensive. If you’re like most people, the cost made your jaw drop.
Maybe you’re wondering how much you should expect to pay—or if your dentist is trying to pull one over on you.
In this article, I’ll explain the average cost of dental implants. I’ll also show you why implants cost as much as they do. Trust me, once you see why implants are so expensive, you’ll be happy to pay a premium for a dentist who knows what he’s doing.
At the end of the article, I’ll offer a few simple steps that can help you to save big on your dental implants. Keep reading to gain this valuable information.Creative Commons
Single tooth implant cost
A single-tooth dental implant cost between $1,000 and $3,000. The abutment and crown add between $500 and $3,000. So, the total dental implant cost per tooth is between $1,500 and $6,000.
This is the average out-of-pocket price without the help of dental insurance or discount dental plans. This estimate includes dental implant surgery and some associated costs such as the initial consultation), but the total cost of your procedure may be even higher depending on your circumstances.
If you need implants for multiple teeth, the costs only rise higher. There are several types of dental implants, and depending on your tooth replacement needs, one or more could be an option for you.
Average cost of multiple dental implants
Multiple implants are an option for patients who are missing more than one tooth.
Generally, multiple teeth implants cost between $3,000 and $30,000, and may even cost more. Replacing two to four teeth with multiple high-quality tooth implants might cost between $6,000 and $10,000. Please note this estimate may vary based on individual patient circumstances and additional associated costs.
This procedure is typically only performed on patients who have healthy teeth on either side of the open area. The procedure also requires a healthy gumline to hold the implants in place.
The number of implants you need depends on the number of teeth you need to replace. The location of the missing teeth plays a role, as well. You may not need individual implants for each tooth if the target teeth are adjacent to each other.
Cost of full mouth dental implants
Nowadays, many people opt for implant-supported dentures (also known as full mouth dental implants).
Expect to pay between $7,000 and $90,000 for a full set of implant-supported dentures, with an average price of $34,000. A dentist will charge you between $3,500 and $30,000 for installing a single plate (top or bottom) of these dentures.
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?
One of the primary reasons that the cost of dental implants is so high is that you may need to pay both a dentist and a surgeon. On top of that, you may need to make multiple visits to complete each step of the procedure. More visits and more professionals to pay means more money out of your pocket.
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 artificial tooth, there are many more steps involved. Here are a few of the costs on your dental bill that may give you a scare.
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 the 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.