How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Your quality of life is priceless, and that’s what a dental implant buys for you, however, that’s not really the answer you’re looking for is it? Well here’s our breakdown.
This question is tricky, and probably the most common asked question when it comes to dental implants. Dental implants cost more than other conventional restorations at the time of service, but studies suggest that implants may actually be less expensive in the long term. In fact, after 7 years the costs for a single-tooth dental implant restoration ends up costing less than the maintenance costs for a conventional three-unit bridge.
When multiple teeth come into play, dental implants begin to cost more, and not just because there are more of them. Where a single tooth replacement is more cost effective, a multiple tooth replacement, or whole mouth rehab, is much more valuable to oral health and quality of life.
Please remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That, or extra fees are being hidden. A dental implant in name does not look like a tooth. That’s a crown on top of an implant. What you’re seeking is probably the whole package, and the estimate you find should make sure to list that out.
I would absolutely recommend to have an implant versus anything else. I know that people sometimes worry about the investment, but in the long run it’s been really the best for me.
Mary, 64, Straumann Dental Implant Patient
Factors Affecting the Cost of Dental Implants
Simply listing a cost for dental implants is also difficult because of the many factors that need to be taken into consideration. Primarily whether or not a bone-graft is needed at the implant site? Depending on the jaw bone it could be that the patient isn’t even a candidate for a dental implant, or maybe different materials are required, or a multi-step treatment with a bone graft is required. A consultation with your dentist can many times identify what the cost should be, but it won’t truly be known until a 3D cone beam image is taken, and yes, this is an additional cost.
Another factor is how many implants are needed. Of course, 1 costs more than 2 and so on, but it is also based on the treatment. For example, if you need a single implant, the cost will be the implant, the abutment, and the dental crown. When it comes to a full mouth, a patient may opt for a fixed denture which can be supported by 4-6 implants per arch. This costs less per tooth for the implants, but more for the full-arch dental bridge.
Finally, there may be a cost difference in providers. A general dentist may be trained well enough for a single implant in most locations, and maybe multiple implants, but when cases become large and complex, these patients are often sent to an oral surgeon. This does not mean the dentist is unqualified or poorly trained, but more likely that they have your best interest in mind. Generally, the quote you receive for a dental implant case will take this into account from the start and should always reflect the total cost.
According to the results of a survey carried out in Germany of over 10,000 patients, 98% percent questioned were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their dental implants.
Cost of Single Tooth Dental Implants
Though it’s impossible to give an actual cost without a consultation, it is very important to understand what may be included with a dental implant estimate (when needed).
- How much is the extraction of the tooth being replaced?
- How much is the bone graft?
- How much is the implant surgery and insertion?
- How much is the abutment?
- How much is the dental crown?
Many of these are part of the overall cost, and why it may seem high. If you see a low quote for a dental implant, it may only be the surgery and insertion, leaving you surprised when you see the final bill. If you want an honest and affordable price, call us at 303-337-0047, or request an appointment for a dental implant consultation and get the answers you need!
Cost of Multiple Implant Options
Beyond getting a traditional bridge or denture, you really need a consultation to understand what is available to you and the widely varying costs associated. Some of the more common implant supported options available to you are below:
- Fixed Bridges
- Removable Partial Denture
- Implant Retained Dentures
- Bar Supported Overdenture
- Immediate Fixed Hybrid
- Directly Veneered Fixed Prosthesis
Don’t Let Cost Hold You Back
There are so many options available to you when it comes to your dental implant decisions. A consultation with the dentist is the best starting point, or you may never know what’s available. As a new patient with Station Dental, we offer 50% off your first dental implant. We also have many options to make your smile more affordable such as financing or step-based treatment plans. This is a large investment, but one that will last a lifetime. However, delaying may result in permanent changes that can’t be undone. Our goal is your happiness and good oral health, and we’re confident together we can achieve this.