Among all tooth replacement options, dental implants have a reputation for being one of the most expensive alternatives. However, you might be surprised to learn how relatively affordable they are, especially in the long-run. An implant is a titanium post that is installed in the jawbone and given time to fuse into the bone, which acts as a strong anchor for the rest of the implant. The screw is then attached to an epitome of a tooth known as a dental crown. At the end of the treatment, the implant looks, acts, and feels very much the same as a real tooth. Now that we know implants are excellent tooth replacement options, what are their costs?
If you have one missing tooth, the single tooth implant might be your best option. On average, depending on the location, you are likely to cough out anywhere between $1000 and $3000, excluding the price of implant material. The abutment and crown that are later installed towards the end of the treatment after the surgery site heals, range from $500 and $3000. The single tooth implant procedure should have you paying anywhere between $1500 and $6000 for the entire process until the crown is fitted.
Since the procedure takes about six months to complete, your dentist may draft a payment plan that helps you spread the charges across the treatment period to make it affordable. Be sure to inquire from the dental office if they have discount dental plans to help bring down the cost down.
Multiple teeth implants
Multiple implants are ideal options for people who have more than one missing tooth. Generally, the rule that revolves around ‘the more the missing teeth, the higher the charges,’ will apply here. Replacing two to four teeth with this option might charge you anywhere between $6000 to $10000. The figures are a rough estimate considering that every patient presents unique circumstances, and additional associated charges may apply.
In this section, you may take the price of a single implant and multiply with the number of missing teeth you need to be replaced to arrive at an estimated figure. After all, you may not need to replace all missing teeth if they lie adjacent to each other. For instance, five missing teeth that are adjacent to each other may only need two or three implants for effective replacement.
Also known as full mouth implants, they are recommended in situations where you need to replace all your teeth on a jaw. Expect to pay an average of $35000 for a full set of implant-supported dentures. Unlike typical dentures, full mouth dental implants are more stable and have a permanency status. They are ideal options for patients who have several missing teeth in a row and on one jaw. Your dentist may be required to uproot some teeth before the procedure is passed fit. The extra teeth removal charges can significantly raise the bills you expect from the procedure. When compared to dentures, full mouth implants are your better option, although, due to the complexity of the installation process, they can rack up the final bill.
Why do implants have high charges?
Again, in comparison to other tooth replacement options, implant installation charges are higher. This is because of the complexity of the procedure that includes surgical intervention. You may need the expertise of both an oral surgeon and dentist. Also, each treatment process requires consequent visits to the dentist to complete every critical phase of the procedure. The more your visits to the dental clinic, the more you will be required to pay up for treatment.
Other charges that might reflect in your charge sheet include:
- CT Scan or X-Ray- as part of the diagnostic tests, your dentist may charge you for X-ray images and CT Scan that lies somewhere between $25 and $200.
- Bone graft- bone grafts are recommended in patients who wish to have implants, but they show severe bone loss. The surgeon takes out a few pieces of bone matter from another part of your body and places it in the jawbone. The complex process ranges from $250 to $1000.
- Tooth extraction- if your dentist is forced to take out a tooth in order to place an implant, an extra tooth extraction charge may reflect in your charge sheet. Depending on how complicated the extraction process can get, you may need to cough out about $100 to $600.
Luckily, most dental insurance covers today for implants. Some may categorize the treatment as cosmetic and won’t cover your implant placement fees. Talk to your insurance company to confirm if they will chip in for the treatment charges, now that you know what to expect.
Only a dentist will diagnose your situation, outline the best implant treatment method for you, and give you an accurate cost. Are you looking to have dental implants, but the figures keep scaring you away? Although the initial costs may be high on paper, once you are done, you won’t be heading back to the dental clinic any time soon. Contact us today to schedule a consultation meeting and have that implant in place.