Are you considering dental implants? If your dentist has recommended a dental implant or an implant supported bridge or denture, you may be wondering about the cost. Your dentist can give you an estimate, but you may want to know what the average cost is in the Boston area to see if your quote is within the average range.
Here’s what you can expect in terms of cost for dental implants.
Average Cost of a Dental Implant
For a single dental implant to replace one tooth, you can expect an estimate somewhere between $5,000 and $7,000. This is for the total cost of the implant, including the titanium root, abutment and crown. Your quote may fall somewhere within that range, depending on a few factors.
Why Are Implants So Costly?
Many patients wonder why the cost of dental implants is so high. The simple answer is that they are the best tooth replacement option. A dental implant is a complete artificial tooth and root system. It consists of a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw bone where your existing tooth root was. The titanium implant fuses with the bone to form a solid bond that can last for 30-50 years or more. Once it has bonded sufficiently the abutment and crown can be attached to the top.
A dental implant looks and functions just like a natural tooth. After a few days of healing, you will hardly be able to distinguish between your implant and your other natural teeth. The significant cost is due to the complexity of the procedure, the quality of the implant, and the fact that it will most likely last for the rest of your life.
What is the Price Based On?
The cost of a dental implant procedure depends on a number of factors, such as:
- Cost of Living in Your Area. The cost of living in any city plays a part in the cost of services, including dental services. Boston’s cost of living is 48% higher than the national average, but it is 20% lower than New York City, for comparison. You may be quoted a higher price than the average in the nation, but less than some more costly areas.
- How Many Dental Implants You Need. Of course each additional implant will add to your total cost of your procedure. If you need to replace just one or two teeth, individual implants are probably the best option. However, if you need to replace multiple teeth in a row, an implant supported bridge might be a more cost effective option. If you need a complete arch replacement, implant supported dentures may be your best choice.
- Preparatory Procedures. If you need any procedures or treatments to prepare for a dental implant, these will add to the total cost. Examples would be a bone graft procedure to prepare the jaw bone for an implant or treatment for gum disease.
- Insurance. If you have dental insurance, you may have some coverage for dental implants. It typically depends on the need for the implant. If it is simply cosmetic, it won’t be covered. But if there is a dental or medical need, insurance may help some. Medical insurance may even cover the root portion of your implant. It doesn’t hurt to check with both your medical and dental insurance providers to see if your implant would be covered.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Cost?
Absolutely. Most patients who have received one or more implants are completely satisfied and their implants have lasted for their entire life. There are many benefits to dental implants. Implants support the bone structure in your jaw, keeping it strong and healthy. Your implant won’t damage your other healthy teeth like a bridge can. And you’ll have the same bite strength with your implant as you would with a natural tooth.
Nowak Family Dental Makes Dental Implants Affordable
If you’re concerned about the cost of dental implants, there are ways to make the procedure more affordable. At Nowak Family Dental, we believe that every patient deserves the best dental care, which is why we accept payments from Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Financing your dental care costs can make it more affordable. We accept most dental insurance plans and we are in-network with most Delta Dental and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. We will work with you to make dental implants affordable.