When patients call our offices the first question we usually get asked is, “how much do dental implants cost?” Dr. Templeton has been placing dental implants since 1996 and over the years he has recognized the two biggest obstacles to patients getting dental implants. They are money and fear.
We have the “fear” issue figured out as 99.9% of our patients elect to have some degree of sedation and therefore aren’t completely conscious for the procedure. That’s the easy part of the equation.
Let’s address the “money” issue. We’ve got families to provide for as well and we know how difficult it can be to juggle all of your financial needs while making a budget for dental implants. 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, so how much do dental implants cost?
Let’s address the ‘money’ issue. The costs we’re about to outline pertain to the average patient. Every case is unique, however, so actual costs will vary.
That is why an initial consultation is so important. During the consultation our patients are provided a thorough breakdown of the fees and costs so they not only know the total cost but how we came to that figure.
O.K. on to the costs of dental implants! There are 3 basic components to any implant tooth replacement option. They are:
- The actual implant: the implant is a titanium threaded post that is very carefully placed in the bone to replace the root of the tooth.
- The abutment: the interface between the implant and the actual tooth or teeth. Abutments come in many different shapes, sizes, angles, and price.
- The tooth (crown) or teeth (bridge): material determines cost
The cost for a single tooth replacement is determined by implant, abutment, and crown. A cone beam 3D CT is taken to determine if the patient has enough bone and adequate density (hardness) to have an implant placed. Sometimes the implant and bone graft can be performed at the same time to save the patient time and money.
Here is a basic guide for the cost for a single dental implant:
Implant: $1,000 – $1,800
Abutment: $300 – $750
Tooth/Crown: $1,000 – $1,800
Bone Grafts (determined by size): $500 – $2,500
Total Cost of a Single Dental Implant: $2,800 – $6,850
Some patients are only going to need a single implant, whereas others will need several because they’re missing multiple teeth. In those cases All-on-4 dental implants are the best solution.
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.
The consultation includes:
- One-hour consultation with Dr. Templeton
- 3D CBCT scan
- Panoramic X-ray
- A detailed breakdown of what your dental implants are going to cost
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 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.
You’re In Good Hands with Dr. Templeton
While determining the costs of dental implants is an important first step, don’t discount the experience of the dental implant specialist you choose to work with. Dr. Templeton has over 20 years of experience and training in placing implants.
He spent eight years at the OU Health Sciences Center in OKC learning how to diagnose, treat, and place dental implants. He has been placing dental implants since 1996 and has been a leader in CT guided (less invasive) implants since establishing Revitalize Dental Implants in 2009. Extensive pursuit of continuing education beyond eight years of formal training keeps Dr. Templeton up-to-date with the latest advances and technology.
When you choose Dr. Templeton to place your dental implants you not only get the most competitive prices on dental implants, you also get an experienced dental specialist in your corner!
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!