Dental Implants Cost
A dental implant functions as an artificial root to anchor a replacement tooth or teeth. A small titanium post is surgically implanted in the jawbone, and as part of the healing process it bonds with the bone. A metal abutment is connected to the implant, and then a crown, bridge or denture is attached to the abutment. The work is typically done in stages, often with separate prices for the implant surgery, the abutment placement and the replacement tooth or teeth. There may also be a charge for a temporary “flipper” tooth while the jaw heals after surgery.
- A single implant typically costs $2,400-$3,000. but can be $4,000-$10,000 or more if additional procedures like extractions. bone grafts. tissue grafts or a sinus lift are needed. CostHelper readers report paying $1,000-$5,000 for an implant with an average cost of $2,488 .
- Placing an abutment and a dental crown on a single implant typically adds $500-$3,000 to the cost of just the implant, for a total of $1,500-$13,000 or more. CostHelper readers report paying $1,750-$8,270 for an implant, flipper tooth, abutment, crown and all needed procedures, with an average cost of $4,263 .
- Two to six implants topped with a partial or full-mouth dental bridge can cost $3,500-$30,000 or more, depending on the number of implants, bridge size and materials, and any other needed procedures. CostHelper readers report paying $4,000-$16,000 for a three- or four-tooth bridge on two implants, with an average price of $8,486 .
- Two to six implants with a removable denture plate can cost $3,500-$30,000 or more depending on the number and type of implants (mini-implants are less expensive), denture materials (in some cases an existing denture plate can be adapted for use with implants) and any other procedures needed. A full set (upper and lower) of implants and dentures can cost $7,000-$90,000 or more. CostHelper readers report paying $3,800-$27,858 for implants with a single denture plate, at an average cost of $14,226 ; and $6,549-$80,000 for a full set of implant-supported dentures (upper and lower), for an average expense of $34,119 .
- Dental insurance typically does not cover implants, because most insurance companies categorize implants as cosmetic procedures. However, some surgical costs might be covered by health insurance.
Related articles: Dental Veneers. Root Canal. Dental Crown. Tooth Extraction. Dentures. Dental Bridge
What should be included:
- Implant surgery is typically performed by a dental surgical specialist — a periodontist, an oral surgeon or a dentist with advanced training in implant surgery. Abutments and implant-supported crowns, bridges or dentures are typically placed by a dentist or a prosthodontist (specializing in restorative procedures). The International Congress of Oral Implantology has an overview of dental implants [1 ] .
- Typically the implant site is allowed to heal for three to six months after surgery and one to two weeks after the abutment is placed. A temporary “flipper” tooth may be worn during this period. Although there are “instant” mini-implants where a bridge or denture is installed immediately after implant surgery, the standard process (including bone and tissue grafts or other procedures, if needed) takes three months to a year or more to complete. The Mayo Clinic explains what to expect [2 ] after dental implant surgery.
- Ask detailed questions about what is included in a price quote. An estimate for an implant may not include the abutment and crown.
- Dental school clinics [3 ] offer reduced rates for services by supervised students or faculty. A CostHelper reader in North Carolina reports paying $60 for an extraction, $75 for a bone graft, $1,200 for a single implant and $600 for a crown at the University of North Carolina. Another reader was quoted $75,000 by a private dentist but paid about $20,000 to have the work done at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey.
- The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research provides tips for finding low-cost dental care [4 ] .
Shopping for dental implants:
- A comprehensive dental exam (with X-rays and possibly a CT scan, plus models made of the patient’s mouth) is used to create an individualized treatment plan. The Mayo Clinic explains what to expect before dental implant surgery [5 ] .
- If insurance coverage is available for any portion of the process, the company will provide a list of approved dentists and specialists. Or search for local members of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry [6 ]. the American Academy of Periodontology [7 ]. the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons [8 ]. the American College of Prosthodontists [9 ]. the American Dental Association [10 ] or the International Congress of Implantologists [11 ] .
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