Cost Of Dental Implants
As with any minor surgical procedure, elective or not, the total cost should be carefully considered. Initially, the cost of placing and restoring a dental implant or implants can be substantially higher than conventional treatment options. Dental implants are more cost effective when we compare costs over a lifetime because they usually will last considerably longer as compared to other dental restorations. A dental bridge is usually replaced every 15-20 years due to failure. Some of the more common reasons for dental bridge failure include a recurrent cavity, poor bone support of teeth and esthetically unpleasing appearance. A denture is usually replaced every 7-10 years. Some of the more common reasons include ill-fitting dentures due to bone changes, broken or worn dentures and unaesthetic appearance. Therefore, when we consider the costs of these options over a lifetime, dental implants can be the most cost effective option.
Dental implant cost should be considered carefully before completing the procedure. The cost of getting an implant can be broken down into two phases.
- Surgical placement of the implant in the jaw (usually done by an oral surgeon).
- Fabricating a crown to fit the implant, usually done by a general dentist or a prosthodontist.
The cost of a dental implant can vary depending upon the region of the country as well as location in the mouth, complexity of the case, and on who will place and restore the implant. The average cost is usually between about $3000 and $3600. It is difficult to predict what the total cost might be because every implant case is different and can provide its own specific challenges. We should also take under consideration the cost of any addition procedures, such as bone grafting, sinus lift, etc., which might be necessary. More recently due to the economic downturn many dental offices have been offering specials on dental implants. Cost of a dental implant in the rage of $1600-$2000 are common. These prices can include any necessary adjunctive procedures like a bone graft or a sinus bump and any necessary x-rays needed for diagnosis. In this price range the cost of a dental implant is less than the cost of a three-unit bridge. Do your research and it might save you a lot of money.
Since dental implants have become the standard of care in dentistry, most dental insurance companies will include a dental implant clause. This translates to some coverage for placement of implants. Some insurance companies will cover the surgical portion, however they will not cover the costs of restoring the implant. It is best to do your own research to avoid any surprises after completion of the procedure. Check with your dental insurance company or your dental office for more information. Financing the cost of the procedure might be necessary.
One possible route for financing the cost of implants is office financing. Many offices offer interest free financing up to six months and sometimes longer. Contact each individual dental office to find out if they offer in-office financing.
Another way that financing can be obtained is through third party lenders. These lenders are health care specific and can offer interest free financing for a period of time and low monthly payments. Contact individual lenders for more information and plan details. Below you will find names of some financial institutions that offer dental specific lending.