Cost of Dental Implants Broken Down

By: Spirit Dental
January 30, 2018

Implant tooth model

One of the top ways to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. Unlike dentures, an implant will look and function just like a regular tooth because it’s set into the jaw, and you can care for it just like you would your natural pearly whites. 

What’s not to like? Well, the price isn’t so nice, especially if you don’t have a good dental plan to help cover the cost.   

Unfortunately, a single implant can be surprisingly expensive. Check out the information below to learn a bit about the cost of dental implants so you can avoid sticker shock if you’re thinking about talking to your dentist about this procedure. 

A Look at the Average Cost of Dental Implants 

The cost of implants varies based on factors like the dental professional you use, where you’re located, and the materials that the implant and crown are made of. And it also depends on whether or not you need additional treatments, such as extractions and bone grafts, prior to getting the implant. 

Here’s a basic breakdown of the price of dental implants:

  • The average range for a single dental implant may be anywhere from $3,000 to $6,700. As an example, it might cost around $4,800 for the implant placement, the abutment, and the crown. See what we mean by sticker shock?
  • Now that you know that the price of a single implant can be quite high, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that, if you need to have most or all of your teeth replaced with implants, it might cost anywhere from $25,000 to a whopping $80,000, on average. Yikes! 
  • Don’t forget that there might be additional costs to tack on as well. Those include:

  • The price of an evaluation to determine if you’re the right candidate for dental implants. This might be anywhere from $50 to $300, on average.
  • The price of X-rays to thoroughly evaluate the health of your teeth. A panoramic X-ray, in particular, might cost anywhere from $100 to $250, on average.
  • The price of a CT scan, which may also be required to check the health of your jaw and teeth. This can add anywhere from $150 to $750 to your bill, on average. 
  • The cost of having a tooth extracted, if it is necessary. On average, this might cost you anywhere from $150 to $700.
  • The cost of a bone graft, if it is necessary. This procedure might cost $200 to $3,200, on average. 
  • Wow, that’s a lot! But, again, these ranges are just averages. And various factors will play a role in the total cost of getting one or more implants. So it might be a good idea to consult with more than one dental professional to see who can give you the highest quality care at the most affordable price.  


    Why Are Dental Implants So Expensive?

    Part of the reason why dental implants are priced high is because they involve multiple steps. This is a surgical procedure, and your dentist will need to see you over the course of several appointments to properly set the implant in place. And the implant itself consists of multiple parts, including the implant, abutment, and crown. Plus, the procedure occurs after spending time carefully evaluating your mouth to figure out if an implant is the right solution for you. So it all adds up!

    Can Dental Insurance Help? Yes!

    Not all insurance plans will cover major services and dental implants, so it’s wise to shop with care if you want to have a policy in place that will help cover the cost of this expensive procedure. 

    At Spirit Dental, you’ll find plans that provide coverage for implants. That means you can rest easier, knowing that if you ever have to replace missing teeth, you’ll have insurance that will be there to support you. 

    Ultimately, a dental implant might be exactly what you need to restore your smile, but you should go into it knowing that the price of this modern treatment will be high, especially if you don’t have the right insurance.  





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