what are dental implants

How Much Are Dental Implants?

Average Dental Implant Cost Per Tooth:  $2000

Cost Range for a Full Set of Dental Implants: $24,000 – $100,000

Ouch! That ain’t cheap.

This enormous range in prices for a full set of dental implants above is like the difference, cost-wise, between buying a Toyota and a Tesla. The reason for this is there could be a huge difference in pricing due to things like:

  • The condition of your mouth
  • How many implants you need (and where in the mouth they’re located)
  • The materials used
  • Where you live
  • The experience level of your cosmetic dentist.

Why Are Dental Implants So Expensive?

There is no straightforward, one-size-fits-all answer to the question – why are dental implants so expensive?

When you’re talking costs, there are a few factors that go into it.

First, the implant itself. There are a few part of the implant… .

  • The implant itself. This is the part that’s inserted into your jawbone (this is done under anesthesia during this so you’ll be in your happy place when this happens!).
  • The abutment. This is the part that attaches to the implant using a screw.
  • The restoration/crown. This is the part that actually looks like a tooth.

Each of these have costs associated with them. And the materials used for each will affect pricing.

Also adding to the costs are things like exams, X-rays/CT Scans, all surgical procedures, etc. So…

Another note about the pricing above…

… The $2000 dental implant cost per tooth figure is just for the implant itself. Once you lump in the costs of restorations/crows and other things mentioned above, it could add another $2000 or so on average. That brings the total for the whole shebang to an average of $4000 for dental implants per tooth in the United States.

However, to make implants more affordable for their patients many cosmetic dentists offer payment plans and/or affordable financing options for implants. These can help spread the costs out over time instead of dropping a big wad of dough down at one time.

Also, more insurance plans are starting to cover part of the cost of dental implants because they understand the cost benefit involved. It’s a good idea to at least check with your dental insurance company to see if you can sweet talk them into picking up part of the tab.

Bottom line is that implants ain’t cheap and there can be a huge difference in price. Your best bet is to contact a few cosmetic dentists near you that can help you with dental implants and get a cost estimate based on your situation.

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