Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option for those who have lost one or more teeth due to poor oral health, bad nutrition or in a fight with a jilted ex-lover!
Average Dental Implant Costs
Below we’re going to look at the average cost you can expect to pay for an implant in the United States, ways to help pay for them and the main factors that will impact what you will actually end up paying.
When talking about the costs of implants, it’s important to understand what actually goes into replacing a tooth with an implant. What many people don’t realize is there are actually three main parts that go into using an implant to replace a missing tooth. Let’s briefly look at them as this will help understand the costs better.
3 Parts of a Dental Implant
First you have the actual implant. The implant is the part that is implanted in the jawbone. It takes a while to heal from the surgery required to place the implant. During the healing period, the implant will actually fuse with your jawbone.
Next comes the abutment. The abutment basically connects the implant to the replacement tooth (typically a crown). It is attached to the implant after the patient has healed.
Lastly is the replacement tooth. This can also be called the restoration or crown. Whatever it’s called, it’s the part that actually looks like a real tooth. It is screwed into the abutment.
Okay, with that mini-lesson out of the way, it’s time to look at the costs for a dental implant.
Dental Implant Costs in the United States (And Why Most Implant Pricing Doesn’t Tell You The Whole Story)
A good average dental implant cost per tooth you can expect to pay is about $2000.
That $2000 is what you’ll commonly see quoted as the average cost of a dental implant. However, there’s more to the story (and, unfortunately, the cost). Because that cost is just for the implant itself. It does not cover the cost of the abutment or the replacement tooth. Those two can add another $2000 on top of the cost of the implant, effectively doubling the cost. Since it really doesn’t make sense to just get an implant without the abutment or replacement tooth, you should really figure on the average cost per tooth for a dental implant to be around $4000 in the United States.
That is a lot of money. And cosmetic dentists understand that. So many help patients by offering financing as well as payment plans to make the costs of implants more palatable for patients. There’s more good news on the cost front. Insurance companies pretty much never covered the cost of dental implants. But that’s starting to change as more insurance companies understand the cost benefits that implants provide. Be sure to check with your cosmetic dentist and insurance company to see if your policy will cover part of your implant costs.
While $4000 is the average cost of an implant, abutment and replacement tooth, there is a wide range to what people actually pay for implants. The overall health of your mouth is one factor that affects cost. If you have poor oral health there may be additional costs required before you can get an implant. Obviously the number of implants you get will play a huge factor in costs. The materials used for the various parts of the implant is another factor that affects the cost. What part of the US you live in as well as the training and experience level of the cosmetic dentist you use will also impact the costs.