How much do Dental Implants Cost?
Dental implants are cost effective when we compare costs over a lifetime because they usually will last considerably longer as compared to other traditional restoration procedures. A traditional dental bridge is usually replaced every 15-20 years due to failure. Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime with proper aftercare. Although the dental implant procedure may in some instances require a greater up front investment, the savings begin each time you do not have to have your bridgework replaced due to failure, and each time you do not have to have damage caused by wear and tear of the bridge on your natural teeth repaired.
As with any dental procedure, the cost of a dental implant can vary greatly based on a number of factors. Region of the country, well as location in the mouth, complexity of the procedure and skill of the dentist all have an effect on the cost of your dental implant procedure. The average cost for dental implants can range from $1000 to $10,000 per tooth. Naturally the more expensive end of this spectrum are procedures that include bone grafts, sinus lifts, etc. In addition to the cost of the implant itself, the total cost of your individual procedure will vary based on the complexity of the restoration work to be placed over the implant (crown vs. bridge, for example).
Since dental implants have become the standard in dentistry, most dental insurance companies will include a dental implant section with their dental insurance plans.This means many plans will include some coverage for placement of implants. Check with your insurance company or your dental office for more information. Additional savings are possible by ensuring that you choose a dentist who is considered “in network” by your insurance company.
Depending on your individual financial and insurance circumstances, financing the cost of your dental implant procedure might be necessary. One possible avenue for financing the cost of implants is office financing. Many offices offer interest free financing for up to six months and sometimes longer. Contact individual dental offices to find out if they offer in-office financing. Other cost saving options include specialized savings plans such as a Flexible Spending Account (only for medically necessary procedures) or specialized credit cards such as the Care Credit card. Be up front with your dentist and discuss your budget constraints and concerns before committing to the procedure. Many options are available and different implant dentists offer different payment and financing options to meet your needs.