What is the cost of dental implants? It’s a common question these days, due to the increasing popularity of dental implants in recent years. While there’s no doubt that dentures remain the more well-known treatment option for tooth replacement, many patients across the country are choosing implants over dentures because of the comfort, durability and longevity they provide.
Before we dive into the estimated cost of dental implants, let’s take a quick look at the reasons why some patients prefer implants over dentures. Designed to mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, dental implants are especially ideal for people who don’t want to deal with the hassles and headaches of dentures. By and large, people prefer implants because they:
- Look, feel and function like natural teeth
- Provide a permanent tooth replacement solution
- Are anchored directly to the jaw
- Offer unmatched strength and durability
- Present no hindrance to normal eating and drinking
- Make speaking and smiling feel completely natural
- Offer superior fit and comfort
- Require minimal care and maintenance
- Are designed to last a lifetime
How Much Do Dental Implants Costs?
As you can imagine, it’s impossible to provide an exact cost for dental implants in a blog article. That’s because the cost of your procedure will vary based on a number of factors, including your dentist’s fees, your personal dental treatment plan, the number of teeth being replaced, the quality of the materials being used, the sedation services provided, the number of appointments needed to complete the treatment, the amount covered by your insurance plan and other factors.
However, here are several ballpark costs that you may find helpful for budgeting and planning purposes:
- Implanting the screw: $1,000–$2,250
- Abutment for mounting the crown: $800–$1,000
- Crown itself: $700–$1,500
- Bone graft: $700–$1,000
- Extraction: $150–$300 per tooth
- X-rays: TBD
- Sedation services: TBD
- Multiple appointments: TBD
Based on the estimated costs above, you could expect to pay anywhere from $3,350 to $6,050+ for a single implant, not including the cost of X-rays or CT scans, sedation services like IV sedation and any fees associated with the multiple appointments required to complete the treatment. Of course, your insurance plan is likely to cover a percentage of these fees, but the exact amount covered will vary from plan to plan. One other variable is the fact that many dentists, including Dr. Harris, typically provide a discount if you require multiple implants. Having multiple teeth replaced will actually bring down your per-tooth replacement cost, so it’s something to keep in mind if you are thinking of replacing more than one tooth.
Whether your treatment falls on the low end or the high end of the ballpark numbers above, it’s clear that dental implants require careful consideration. Here are a few additional things for you to keep in mind when evaluating the cost of dental implants.
Not All Implants and Crowns Are Created Equal
As cliché as it might sound, implants are similar to other major purchases where you have to remember that old adage: “you get what you pay for.” That’s not to say that you can’t get quality dental work done for a fair price. In fact, you can, and our goal is to deliver exceptional dental services for a reasonable price and a good value. However, it’s also worth noting that one of the ways some practices may reduce their costs is by selecting lower-grade materials for the procedure.
At Greenville Family Dentistry, we do not believe in cutting corners or using lower quality materials because doing so could lead to implant failure – which could cost your more in the long run anyway. For that reason, we select only the highest quality implant materials for our patients. The implant itself, which is anchored directly to the jawbone and acts as an artificial root, is made of titanium – the best material for implants on the market today. Likewise, we carefully select our crowns for their craftsmanship, cosmetic beauty and durable, long-lasting construction.
Simply put, we don’t skimp on the materials we purchase because we know they’re going to be in your mouth for years and years. Why would you want anything less for something that’s meant to last a lifetime?
Work With a Dentist You Know and Trust
The other thing to keep in mind: there’s a hidden cost associated with poorly performed dental work. If your implant is not done right the first time, you may need follow-up visits or additional procedures in the weeks, months or years following the procedure. For that reason, it’s important to work with an experienced dentist – someone you know and trust.
This recommendation is especially important if you suffer from dental anxiety or fear, whether it’s mild, moderate or severe. Dr. Harris is especially sensitive to these anxieties and concerns – for existing patients and new patients alike – and he’ll do everything he can to ensure your appointment is as stress-free and comfortable as possible. Because IV sedation is often used for dental implant procedures, you might take a moment or two to learn about how Dr. Harris approaches sedation dentistry and why it’s so important to him.
Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation
If you are interested in dental implants and would like a personalized treatment plan that includes costs, we invite you to contact us for a complimentary consultation or call (864) 877-9111. The cost of the consultation itself is free (a value of $300), and, as part of the consultation, we will discuss your treatment options and the estimated costs associated with them. (For a dental implant consultation, we require quality X-rays. If you do not have current X-rays that can be shared with us, the cost of new X-rays is not included in the consultation).
Last but not least, please don’t let your anxiety or fear of the dentist prevent you from enjoying your very best smile. As part of the dental implants consultation, we can also talk with you about your level of anxiety – and how we can help alleviate it through our sedation dentistry services.