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?Creative Commons
A closer look at the cost of single tooth implant
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).
Dr. Richard Hattaway
If you choose to do a pre-fabricated abutment option and are not prepared to pay for a custom fabricated abutment, you could be looking at more costly fixes down the road.
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 broken down
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 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.
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|
Have a read-through to find what you can expect them to involve.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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