One of the first questions people have about dental implants is, “how much does it cost?” Most people even ask this question before obtaining information about post-operative pain or the success rates of the dental implant procedure.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically placed in your jawbone to replace a missing tooth. Dental implants are a great way to restore your bite if you have missing teeth due to injury, gum disease, genetics or underlying conditions.
How much do dental implants typically cost?
The cost of dental implants varies as every case is unique, but, on average, the cost of single dental implants is between $1,500 and $2,000. The cost is for the device only without the procedure. For the implant device and its surgical placement, prices start from $3,500 and can go as high as $7,000.
The cost of the procedure covers:
- The crown (the tooth itself) – whether custom or stock
- The abutment (the part that connects the implant and the crown)
- The cost of tooth and root extraction
- The cost of the office visits
- Pre-op care
- Post-op care
If you are missing multiple teeth, the costs will increase significantly. Pricing from most dentists around the U.S. will cost you around $43,000 for a full mouth of implants.
Why are dental implants so expensive?
On the surface, it might seem dental implants are very expensive, especially when compared to other tooth replacement solutions. The common alternatives to dental implants are dentures and bridges, and they are cheaper, but when you consider that they have to be repaired or replaced every 5-10 years, it becomes clear that dental implants are worth it.
Dental implants are designed to be permanent. When surgically placed, they become bonded with surrounding bone tissue. This makes them look and feel like your own teeth. They also prevent your jawbone from deteriorating – dentures and bridges can’t do that.
Another reason dental implants are expensive is because of the cost of the devices used, the time it takes to complete the procedure, and the complexity of the process. Getting dental implants is a lengthy procedure that typically takes a few months.
How to determine the exact cost of your dental implants
It’s hard to determine the exact cost of dental implants without scheduling a consultation. A consultation with a dentist serves as an opportunity to communicate your goals. In contrast, the dentist conducts a physical examination to see the physical characteristics of your mouth and how much work needs to be done.
After an initial consultation, you should know how much it would cost to get dental implants. You will also be presented with financing options if you need them.
Dental implants are an investment worth making if you have missing teeth. By getting dental implants, you can restore your missing teeth’ function and appearance, preserve the health of your jawbone and gums, and prevent nearby teeth from moving. Now that you know the benefits of dental implants don’t let the fears of the cost stop you from regaining your full chewing power. Request an initial consultation with our team today!