When patients call our offices the first question we usually get asked is, “how much do dental implants cost?” Questions about cost are more frequent than questions about post-operative pain, or even procedure success rates!
We understand. We’ve got families to provide for as well, and we know how difficult it can be to juggle all of your needs, make a budget, and plan for your financial future. However, we think you’re going to be very pleased with what we have to share with you. Dental implants might just be more affordable than you think they are.
Before we start jumping into numbers we want to encourage you to look at the cost of dental implants as an investment instead of an expense.
On the surface, dental implants look incredibly expensive, especially when they are compared to other tooth replacement methods. However, dentures and bridges, the two alternatives, typically have to be repaired or replaced every 5 to 10 years. The cost of this regular maintenance may quickly outstrip the costs of simply turning to implants, which can last a lifetime (so long as you care for them properly). They also prevent your jawbone from deteriorating—dentures and bridges can’t do that.
As your jaw deteriorates, your face shape will change. You’ll start to look older. Moreover, your existing teeth will start to grow loose. The jawbone provides the structure that holds your teeth’s roots in place. Once it’s gone, you’ll lose your other teeth as well. Keeping the rest of your teeth in your mouth is priceless.
Thus, we encourage you to think of dental implants as an investment, and not as an expense.
Okay, but what will my dental implants cost?
First, every case is unique. In general, however, single dental implants cost $1,000 to $1,500 per implant. Not per procedure—but per implant. Some patients are only going to need a single implant, whereas others will need several because they’re missing multiple teeth.
Note that this is only the cost of the dental implant itself. There are other costs involved including:
- The crown (the tooth itself) – this can be 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
These additional costs can range from $1,500 – $2,800, bringing the total cost for a single implant in the range of $2,500 – $4,300.
All-on-4 Dental Implants: The Game Changer
We also offer an “All-on-4 dental implants.” These are literal game changers when it comes to calculating the costs of dental implants.
The All-on-4 procedure is about doing more with less. A patient can have a full upper or lower arch of teeth replaced for as little as $8,000. This means a full arch of 10 to 12 teeth can be replaced for the cost of just a couple single implants.
If you need zygomatic implants you can expect the costs to be slightly higher. Zygomatic implants are a little longer than regular implants, and they require a lot more skill and training to place.
They are designed for patients with significant bone and gum loss. The good news is that because we can provide zygomatic implants you’re only paying for one surgery—not two. Zygomatic implants are great because they allow us to skip bone graft surgeries altogether.
Dental Implant Costs and Your Insurance Coverage
The good news is most dental insurance providers cover some of the costs for dental implants. Insurance doesn’t typically cover all the expenses so you’re probably still going to have to put some money aside before you can schedule your dental implant procedure, but certainly not as much as you would if you didn’t have insurance.
In addition, many of our patients take advantage of our ability to offer Care Credit financing, which gives them the ability to pay for their dental implants with a series of affordable monthly installments. We also offer patient financing through Lending Club.
How to Determine the Exact Costs of Your Dental Implants
As we mentioned earlier, the total costs of dental implants can vary greatly depending on each patient’s case. Some will need single implants while others may require full arches. Additionally, the physical characteristics of each patient’s mouth will factor into the work that will be required and ultimately the type and price of the implants.
The best way to find out what your implants will cost is to have an initial consultation with Dr. Templeton. This consultation is typically priced at $150 but for a limited time we are running a special for potential implant candidates.
We are currently offering an initial consultation special for only $75. The consultation includes:
- One-hour consultation with Dr. Templeton
- 3D CBCT Scan
- Panoramic X-ray
Dr. Templeton will use the 3D scan image during the consultation to determine the density of the bone and to see whether you’re a candidate for an immediate implant or if some additional grafting will be needed prior to implant placement.
After your consultation, you’ll know exactly what will need to be done and what the total costs will be. You will also be presented with our patient financing options if you need them.
Don’t let price fears stop you from getting the implants you need! Book an initial consultation with Dr. Templeton and find out exactly what you need done and what it will cost. Dr. Templeton and his staff will put together a customized treatment plan for you and present all financing options to help you get the smile you deserve!