If your dentist has recommended a dental implant, you may wonder how much an implant will cost and if the cost is worth it. Before you can receive a quote on your implant surgery, you will be referred to an oral surgeon who will evaluate you. The type and quality of materials used with the dental implant will help determine the total cost. The number of teeth replaced with a dental implant is also a cost factor. You will have to have any existing teeth removed (that are in current the location of the implant) and potentially have x-rays, a CT scan, or even bone graft to ensure a successful dental implant. After your visit with the surgeon, your dentist will work closely with your oral surgeon to determine what your specific needs are, in order to provide you with an estimate.
In general, the average cost of a dental implant can range from $2,000 – $4,000 for a single implant, or upwards of $6,000 for a full set of dental implants. Some insurance companies do cover implants or provide an allowance equal to the cost of traditional dentures.
While dental implants are an investment, good dental implants that are taken care of should last the rest of your life. If you decide not to have an implant, but choose a bridge instead, you will want to factor in that most bridges only last 5 – 15 years and will need to be replaced. A partial denture is another option, but those can break and cause discomfort, requiring you to purchase a new set. Dental implants are superior to bridges and partial dentures due to the fact that they are permanently adhered (they will never shift, click, or move) by installing them into your jawbone, which makes the implant feel like a natural tooth.
Investing in your teeth can help improve your confidence and affect your overall oral health. You should select the teeth/tooth replacement option that works best for your teeth based on comfort, durability, and how long the replacement will last.
If your dentist has previously recommended a dental implant, call our office to schedule an assessment so we can better identify your needs and give you a more precise estimate on what the dental implant surgery will cost.