Are you tired of limiting your diet because of missing teeth? Feel embarrassed to smile, even around your closest friends and family? Dental implants can solve both those problems simultaneously as well as provide several other benefits worth considering. But how much do dental implants cost?
In today’s post, a dentist goes over the different parts of implants, explains how their cost is determined, and mentions how insurance can make a difference. By doing so, he hopes you’ll feel more confident discussing this treatment during your next appointment.
How Much Does an Implant Cost?
The average cost of a titanium implant is anywhere from $1,800 to $2,500. However, dentists aren’t comfortable giving out prices outright until you see them for a dental implant consultation. During this meeting, they’ll discuss how many teeth you’d like to replace as well as if other treatments prior to placement are needed. For example, a bone graft may be needed if your jawbone is too thin or brittle to securely hold implants as is.
Keep in mind that you truly get what you pay for when it comes to implants, so be cautious of dentists who give you a flat rate for an implant or a price around $1,000. That’s a sign that they’re going for volume rather than quality.
How Much Does the Restoration Cost?
The cost of restorations for implants can also largely vary, mainly by the amount of teeth needed for replacement. For example, the cost of producing a dental bridge or denture supported with implants will be higher than the cost of producing a single crown. On average, a single implant-retained crown typically cost between $1,000 and $3,000. Implant bridges can range from $3,000 to $25,000 while implant-retained dentures can cost between $7,000 and $11,000.
Will Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
In the past, most dental insurance plans would not cover the cost of dental implants. However, this is slightly changing in recent years. Some insurance companies will pay for the crown that connects to the implant, but not the implant itself.
The best way to confirm this is to call your dental insurance provider and ask if they are covered. If you need help financing the cost of implants and don’t have insurance, payment plans like CareCredit can make paying for implants more manageable as well.
Are Implants Worth the Investment?
Despite their high cost, dental implants are the only dental device with the potential to last anywhere from 30 years to a lifetime. Dental bridges and dentures will eventually require replacement every 7 to 10 years or so. As a result, dental implants are widely considered to be the most cost-efficient tooth replacement option because of their longevity, durability, and reliability. They function exactly like natural teeth, require no special maintenance, and blend in perfectly with the smile.
Are you interested in replacing teeth with the most effective option in dentistry today? Schedule a consultation with a dentist to learn more about the process!
About the Author
Dr. L King Scott earned his DDS degree from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. He’s also pursued extensive training in implant dentistry and continues his education on dental implant placement. To learn more about how he can help you get your complete smile back, you can contact him through his website.