The Cost of Dental Implants
If you’ve been thinking of getting one or more dental implants in order to replace a missing or chipped/broken or severely crooked tooth, you no doubt wonder how much getting an implant will cost.
Briefly, getting a single implant (for one tooth) should range between $1,000 and $3,000 plus another $500 to $3000 for the tooth-like crown that your dentist places on the implant.
If your dentist determines that you need some additional treatments, such as extensive tooth imaging or modeling, bone grafts and teeth extractions, the cost can go up quickly to between $5,000 and $10,000 for the one implant.
One dental implant generally will cost between $4,000 and $5,000 (so long as no additional treatments are needed).
Your dentist will be able to give you an idea as to cost when he examines you to determine if you’re a good candidate for an implant.
Please note that note that not everyone is a good candidate. Depending on what is causing you to lose – or to have lost – one or more teeth, your gums and jaw bone need to be in fairly good shape. In addition, if you smoke, you dentist may recommend that you wait until a few months after quitting before having a dental implant because smoking can make the healing process problematic.
Many people want implants to replace two or more teeth. This may require what is called a “tooth bridge” that’s mounted on the two or more implants you’ll need. This can cost between $5,000 and $15,000 (with the average being about $8,500).
Want a full set of upper and lower implants? That could see you spending between $25,000 and $95,000 (the average tends to be about $35,000).
The cost for the additional procedures as mentioned above can be $200 to $2,000 for a bone graft, depending on whether it’s a “simple” graft or more complex.
A simple tooth extraction can range between $75 and $300 per tooth. A surgical tooth extraction can range between $150 and $650 per tooth.
If your dentist needs to give you a CT scan (in order to help him determine the condition of your bones that support your teeth), you can expect to pay between $250 and $1,000.
As you speak to your dentist about getting one or more implants, understand that there could be costs in addition to those for the procedure and the implant itself as well as the implant crown(s). You also may need to pay for modelling, anesthetic and scans.
Some insurance companies cover dental implants, but many do not. Of those that do cover the cost, they may not cover the entire cost and they may cover the costs only if an implant is deemed medically necessary and not cosmetic.
Talk to your insurance company and, if some or all of the costs associated with dental implants are not covered, talk to your dentist about creating a payment plan. Most dental offices offer such plans for such high-cost treatments as dental implants. We offer payment plans here at My Dentist in Plano.
If you’d like to talk to Dr. Dickson about dental implants, call our office by phone for an appointment.