Are those horror stories of dental implant costs really true? Are you actually going to break the bank by sitting through one of these procedures? Is it worth the money?
If you’ve considered getting dental implants, then these questions are probably racing through your mind. You may be wondering if your dentist is just trying to pull a fast one on you, laughing all the way to his/her bank. Why would dental implant cost so much just to sit in a chair for an hour to get a new tooth or some new teeth?
Here’s the honest truth… dental implant cost really can be pricey. There’s actually a lot more to the process than just “sitting in a chair for an hour” though. I’m going to cover all the bases in this article. By the end, you will understand why these implants are so expensive. And you will have a new appreciation for the professionals who work hard to provide this service for you.
Are you looking for a single-tooth implant? Maybe you need multiple implants or an entire mouthful of new teeth. I’ll explain the average dental implant costs of each in this article.
- Key Terms
- Single-Tooth Implant Costs
- Multiple Implants Average Costs
- Full-Mouth Implants Cost
- Why Dentists Charge an Arm-And-Leg
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of this procedure’s pricing details, it’s important to understand a few key terms.
- Crown: the artificial tooth which attaches to the abutment.
- Abutment: the part that’s screwed into the implant.
- Implant: the part that’s surgically placed into the bone.
These are the three primary components of a dental implant. And they will be referenced throughout this article.
Then, before we dive in this long article. Here’s a table to help you get the main point.
|Types||Cost Range||Average Cost|
|Single Tooth Implant||$1,500 - $6,000||$3,500|
|Multiple Implant||$3,000 - $30,000||$7,500|
|Full Mouth Implant||$7,000 - $90,000||$34,000|
Single-Tooth Implant Costs
Considering a single-tooth implant? You should expect to pay somewhere in the range of $1,000-$3,000. However, you’ll still need to factor in the costs of the abutment and crown. This will add another $500-$3,000 to your overall dental implant cost. Altogether, you’ll be looking somewhere in the range of $1,500-$6,000 for a single-tooth procedure.
This estimate includes the entire procedure, including the initial consultation. And the possibility of other associated costs. However, it’s possible that you could end up paying a little more than this. It really comes down to your specific circumstances.
As expected, the dental implant costs will be higher if you plan on getting multiple implants. We’re going to cover these costs in the next section.
Multiple Implants Average Costs
Are you missing more than one tooth? If so, you’ve probably considered getting multiple dental implants.
In general, you can expect to spend $3,000-$30,000 for multiple implants. This includes the cost for the entire procedure, including the abutments and crowns.
If, for example, you plan on having two to four teeth replaced, high-quality implants will probably cost you somewhere in the ballpark of $6,000-$10,000. As with the single-tooth option, the cost of multiple implants will depend on the individual circumstances of the patients. Beware of ‘standard’ pricing quotes. These are almost always off because every patient is different. Figuring out how complicated an implant job will depend on how healthy the patient’s other teeth are and which teeth are intact.
Multiple implants are typically only performed on people who have healthy teeth on the sides of the open area. Patients must also have healthy gums to hold the implants in their places.
How many implants will you need? This all depends on the number of teeth you need to be replaced. Where exactly are your missing teeth located? This will play a role as well.
Why is this important? It’s because you may not need individual implants for every missing tooth. If the missing teeth are adjacent to each other, then the procedure may take a different turn. And this would change the cost of your implants.
Full-Mouth Implants Cost
Full-mouth dental implants are also known as implant-supported dentures and all on 4 dental implants. Many people are hopping on-board to receive this procedure.
Are you interested in this option? You can expect to fork out anywhere from $7,000-$90,000 for a full set of these dentures. The average cost is around $34,000. What if you just want a single plate on the top or bottom of your mouth? If so, your dentist will charge from $3,500-$30,000 for your single plate.
So… what makes these dentures different from the traditional ones? For starters, they are more stable and won’t need adhesives to stay in place. This option works wonders for people who are missing multiple teeth in a row. Also, full-mouth dental implants create a better fit for your gum line (as opposed to traditional dentures).
However, you should keep in mind that the steps involved in this procedure can really rack up your bill. For example, you may need to have multiple teeth removed before the implants can be properly placed. Expect a price-jump if this is the case.
Why Dentists Charge an Arm-And-Leg
As mentioned earlier, there is actually a lot that goes into these procedures. First, consider the professionals who are involved in your dental implants. It’s not unheard of to rely on both a dentist and a surgeon to properly take care of your mouth during the process. If you’re paying 2 professionals, then it’s obvious that you’ll be paying a hefty price.
Are you expecting a one-sit experience? It’s possible that you may need more than just one sitting to properly handle your needs. If this is the case, then you can expect to pay a little more money.
Let’s go over some other associated costs with your procedure.
X-Ray or CT Scan
Your dentist will need to take an X-Ray or CT scan of your mouth. And this is before the implant procedure even starts. Why are these important? It’s because these images will be used by the dentist to determine the precise location for your new implant. And how much can you expect to pay for these diagnostic tests? You’re looking somewhere in the range of $25-$200. An X-Ray or CT scan is 100% necessary, so don’t attempt to snake your way out of this charge. These blueprints have your best interest in mind.
Remember those key terms from earlier in the article? Well, these terms are the bread-and-butter of your overall bill. The implant is made up of either zirconia or titanium and will cost you anywhere from $1,600-$2,000. How about the abutment? These costs range from $275-$400. Last but not least, the crown can cost you in the ballpark of $1,000-$3,000.
Where do you plan on getting your dental implants? This is going to play a huge role in your final charge. Looking to get a great deal on implants in the land of opportunity (USA)? Unfortunately, the United States charges the most IN THE WORLD for dental implants. You’ll find cheaper options in countries such as Mexico, Australia, and Thailand. It’s important to consider all of your options before making a final decision.
The Professionals Involved
More than one person is going to be involved in your journey to a new smile. You don’t want to feel pain during your procedure, right? Of course not, so you can expect an anesthesiologist to be around. And his/her fees will range from $500-$800 per hour. What if you have an inexperienced surgeon who is still in dental school? Services from this individual will be around $500. And how about an experienced dental surgeon? This cost can be up to $2,000 for his/her services.
Ideally, you’ll want to have a prosthodontist around as well. These professionals are experts at restoring and replacing teeth. There’s a lot that goes into the overall pricing of your new dental implants. And all of this must be factored into your entire bill.
Other Possible Associated Costs
Remember when I mentioned that costs can vary, depending on the individual circumstances of the patients? Well, this is completely true, and I’m going to explain some of these possible extra dental implant costs if you meet the right circumstances.
Will you need to have any teeth removed before your dental implants are placed? This service isn’t free, and will jack-up the cost of your overall bill. The costs for tooth extraction depend on the amount of time it takes to pull the tooth and the difficulty of pulling the tooth as well. Here are the average costs for tooth extraction:
- $75-$300 for a gum-erupted non-surgical removal
- $150-$650 for surgical removal with anesthesia included
- $185-$600 for soft-tissue removals and complicated surgeries
- $75-$200 for the removal of a wisdom tooth
What exactly is a bone graft? Well… this is when the surgeon takes either small pieces or a whole piece of bone from somewhere else in your body. And then places it into your jawbone. When would you need a bone graft? This surgery is needed if you don’t have enough bone in your jaw to support the dental implant. The pricing for a bone graft varies between 2 different options. Below are further details:
- Your cheapest option is to receive your graft from a bone outside of your own body. For example, the surgeon can source your bone from a cadaver or a cow. Synthetic bone can also be created in a lab. This option will range from $250-$1,100.
- Your other option is to receive your graft from some other bone in your own body. This option is a bit more expensive, but why? It’s because the procedure now involves both bone harvesting and bone placement. And these are two surgeries instead of just one. Not only that, but you will also need hospitalization afterward. All of this will add onto your bill. Plan on going with this option? You’ll end up spending $2,000-$3,000.
Do you still consider dental implant costs to be something out of a horror movie? Hopefully, you understand a little more about why these procedures can be so pricey.
This is no walk-in-the-park for professionals working on your newly-improved mouth. It must be realized that these are individuals who spent 8 years in training. And often-times even longer than that. And all of it is to make sure that you have a pleasant experience both during your procedure and afterward. Smile with confidence.
Let’s not forget all of the advanced technology that goes into dental implant surgery. Long gone are the days when a caveman had to knock your teeth out with a club if you wanted them removed. Rest assured that you’ll be receiving the best tech possible.
Last but not least, be sure to keep in mind that there are dental professionals all over the world. You may be able to save some money by traveling somewhere else to have your dental implants placed. The US has the highest dental-implant costs. If you plan on going to another country, be sure to factor in the cost of travel, shelter, and food.
Hopefully, now you won’t be afraid to put your money where your mouth is.