When you’re considering dental implants, you must also consider the cost. Dental implants consist of a titanium post that replaces the tooth root, an abutment screwed onto the implant and a prosthetic tooth attached to the abutment. This is a complex procedure and requires several visits; some types of implants require a general anesthetic and outpatient surgery center. All of these factors affect cost.
Dental implants essentially come in three versions. The first is the single post version, used to replace a single tooth. These are typically used if you have only one or two teeth missing, especially if the teeth are not next to each other. If you have three or four teeth missing in the same area, two dental implant posts might be used to attach a partial bridge. When you have multiple teeth missing or have all of your teeth removed, the most common implant type is an All on 4 implant. This implant has four posts to which a full set of upper or lower prosthetic teeth is attached. An All on 6 is similar but has six posts and is used when the jawbone is weak or shallow.
Dental Implant Costs
Dental implants in the US cost an average of $5,000, according to MediGo, a company that provides information about health care services around the world. That cost includes the implant, abutment, prosthetic tooth and surgical costs. The implant itself costs about $1,600 to $2,000 and the abutment $275 and $450. The prosthetic crown typically costs between $1,000 and $3,000. Surgical costs vary between $500 (for a dental school) and $2,000 (a hospital). If you require custom modification on an abutment, expect an additional $100 to $200. These are costs for a single implant. All on 4 and All on 6 will be significantly more expensive, perhaps $20,000 or more.
What About Insurance?
Dental implants offer function and health benefits that conventional dentures don’t. For example, implants help keep the jawbone strong because the action of chewing increases bone strength – just as weight-bearing exercise increases bone strength. In recognition of these benefits, some insurance companies now provide a certain level of coverage for dental implants. Others may negotiate with you if they would normally cover a traditional bridge or dentures.
Since each case is unique, costs can vary widely. The best way to ensure you are getting maximum benefit for your money is to first choose a well-qualified dentist to reduce the risk of complications. Discuss the issue of cost and make sure you are clear about exactly what will be included. Contact your insurance company to discuss coverage or negotiations. Most dentists also offer payment plans or financing options. Learn more information at the Chrysalis Dental Centres website.