One of the first questions that we are usually asked regarding dental implants is, “How much does a dental implant cost?”
Before we can answer this we need to know a few things that can all impact the final cost:
- What type of implant do you need?
- Do you need bone grafting (augmentation)?
- Do you need a 3D Cone Beam CT scan?
- Do you want a computer-guided minimally invasive implant placement or traditional surgery?
- Do you need any extractions?
- Is it a single or multiple implants?
- Is there bite correction needed?
- What type of restoration will be going on the implant or implants? Porcelain? Zirconia? Acrylic?
Another factor to keep in mind…
- A dental implant is the titanium portion that is placed into the bone to form the “artificial root” of the tooth. The implant still needs the abutment (connector) and implant crown to complete the restoration of the dental implant.
Sometimes, the quoted cost of a dental implant can include just the ‘artificial root” portion, and at other times, it can include the entire restoration (i.e. dental implant, abutment and implant crown). Therefore, if you are comparing costs, you have to be sure that you are comparing apples with apples.
Considering all of these factors, you can see that it would be quite difficult to determine the cost of “a dental implant” without understanding your needs.
If you are looking for a full arch solution (replacing all upper or all lower teeth), then asking how much a dental implant costs is like shopping for a car by asking “How much does a wheel cost?” (A dental implant is only one component of the final solution).
The final fee is dependent on many factors:
- Method of placement (computer guided vs incision and flap)
- Number of implants
- Type of bone that the implant is to be placed into
- Type of final restoration ( Zirconia/Porcelain, vs Acrylic)
- Whether bite correction is needed to improve your chewing ability while giving you a nicer smile and improved facial proportions
It is therefore difficult to quote you a flat fee for implant treatment without understanding your situation and needs. We believe in creating a custom solution for your particular situation, rather than making a stock solution that suits everyone.
During your research, you may see a large range of prices advertised for dental implants. Basing your decision to proceed with an implant based solely on the cheapest price may not give you the outcome you want.
The questions you should be asking are:
- How much experience does the Dentist have in placing dental implants?
- Is everything done in one location?
- Where is the implant made?
- What is the reputation of the implant manufacturer? (Many of the cheaper implants are manufactured in countries like China, Korea or with very questionable quality control measures).
- What research is there to support this type of implant?
- Are there long term studies showing the success rates of these implants?
- How much time will I need to be off work?
- How much pain or discomfort can I expect?
- How is the implant placed, open surgery or without cutting the gums open (computer-guided)?
- Is the bone cut away or built up?
- Will I have to have stitches?
- What kind to temporary tooth will I be wearing (if necessary)?
- How many visits do you need to have the procedure completed?
- How long will it take to recover from the procedure?
You need to know what the complete implant (the actual implant, connectors, temporary and final restoration) is going to cost based on your situation, before comparing on the basis of cost.
In the rapidly progressing world of modern dentistry, we have better and more advanced solutions available every day. It would be a good idea to make sure that you are getting all viable options (i.e. not just the solutions that a particular office provides) given to you so that you can make the decision that is best for you.
Computer guided implants may cost you a little bit more, but they save you a lot of discomfort and down- time. More precise and less invasive, this procedure greatly reduces or eliminates discomfort, swelling and bruising and it is available to you today!
We believe in educating you about all options available for your situation, so that you can make the most informed decision that is best for you.
Paying For Dental Implants
Dental Insurance – Implant Costs may be offset partially through insurance, as some dental insurance plans offer partial dental implant coverage.
Tax Deductible – Dental Implant costs are tax-deductible medical/health expenses. Consult your accountant to find out how much of a cost saving this can be for you. Depending on their tax situation, some patients realize net savings of up to 40% of their dental implant costs/expenses.
Financing Companies – Paybright is a finance company specializing in providing financing for medical and dental expenses. Their online calculator provides you with an immediate estimate of your monthly costs to finance a treatment.
A high quality dental implant is a sound investment in your health, and when done properly and maintained well, should serve you for a very long time.
Our Treatment Coordinators or Patient Concierges are always happy to answer your questions about financing and to help you find the solution that works best for you.