The invention of dental implants has drastically improved the lives of millions of individuals throughout the world due to their ability to mimic your natural teeth. This is the most impressive factor of the implants as they replace your missing or damaged teeth. They don’t need much maintenance and can last a lifetime.
One thing that worries most patients is the cost of dental implants. It is essential to keep in mind that investing in dental implants by an experienced oral surgeon can enhance your quality of life and should not require additional dental treatments and follow-ups. Let’s have a look at the cost of dental implants.
Cost of Dental Implants
The average total cost of a single implant varies between $3,000 and $5,000, including the 3 parts of the implant: 1) crown placement, 2) abutment (connection between the crown and implant), and 3) the implant post. Cost are variable if you require full mouth dental implants. You have to pay separately for x-rays, CT scans, tooth extraction, and bone grafting. The actual cost would depend on certain factors, including:
- Experience: An experienced and qualified oral surgeon is highly recommended. Getting your dental implants from an expert that drastically reduces the chances of failure, risks and complications.
- Materials: The dental implants are typically created from titanium or zirconium, and the quality of these materials would impact the overall cost of the implants.
- Preliminary Procedures: Additional procedures, like bone grafting, sinus elevation, and tooth extraction, would increase the cost of the dental implant. However, these additional procedures might not be required, depending on your situation.
- Laboratory: The overall cost would also be impacted depending on the laboratory the restorative dentist works with for the abutment and crown.
- Individual Situation: The dental implants are customized as per the patient’s mouth, which means the cost can vary with every patient.
Dental Implant Cost Breakdown
Let’s look at the breakdown of the overall cost of dental implants:
- Evaluation: Consult, X-rays + CT Scan: $250 to $750
- Removal of Tooth or Dental Extraction: $125 to $400
- Implant Post: $2,000 to $3,000
- Bone Grafting when necessary: $400 to $3,000 (either with extraction or with implant placement)
- Restorative phase: Abutment and Crown: $500 to $3,000
While the cost might seem high, keep in mind that your dental implants could last a lifetime and don’t require much maintenance. It is an ideal solution for missing or damaged teeth, and unlike dental bridges and dentures, implants don’t require regular replacement or modification.
Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
In many cases, dental insurance does nots cover dental implants, but often dental insurance providers have annual maximum benefits which are often exceed with the implant process. Some patient chose to have the implant placed one year, and the restorative phase of the abutment and crown the following year to maximize insurance benefits. some do cover the partial cost of the crown. While there is an increase in the popularity of dental implants, some insurance providers consider the implants as elective treatment. If your insurance provider doesn’t cover dental implants, then there are various ways to finance the procedure. It is best to consult your oral surgeon to determine the options they offer to their patients.
The overall cost of dental implants is dependent on individual cases since every patient has different needs and requirements. While insurance does not always offer coverage for dental implants, there are numerous ways to make this treatment affordable.
It is essential to note that dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. When you invest money in dental implants, you save yourself significant efforts and worries in the future while enjoying enhanced oral health.
About the Authors
Texas oral surgery specialists Dr. Chris Tye, MD, DDS & Dr. Andrew Sohn, MD, DMD, are board-certified oral surgeons located in Colleyville, TX, serving the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area and North Texas.
To learn more about the dental implant procedure and cost, don’t hesitate to make your appointment today.