So you might be asking yourself, what are some of the factors that go into determining the cost of dental implants? Unfortunately, there is no single price tag that you can put on implants. Some people have the perfect mouth for an implant and in that case, the cost will be low. On the other hand, because this is a surgical procedure, complications may arise and the cost might be more than expected.
Regardless of the unknowns, there are a few concrete factors that go into calculating the cost of a dental implant. Please realize, that each of these factors listed below are some of the more common factors and that many other variables apply to each individuals situation.
These Cost Factors Include:
- Type of Implant
- Number of Implants
- Material Used for Implant
- Dentist Expertise and Location
- Additional Procedures Needed
Types of Implants
There is a very large list of dental implants available today. One of the largest factors in determining the height of dental implant has to do with your jawbone. Some patients jawbones are deep and wide while others are short and narrow. These two different types of jawbones require two different types of dental implants.
Root Form Implants
When a patient’s jaw is deep and wide, Root Form Implants are used. This is a screw type implant that is shaped like the root of the tooth. This is the most commonly used implant and what most people have. Even in cases where your jawbone is short and narrow, bone grafting can be a good option to still use the root form dental implant technique. It can take between 3 to 6 months for healing if everything goes to plan.
In between the healing process a temporary tooth placed in what looks like a retainer, will be provided. Once everything is healed, the final tooth will be attached to the implant and your smile restored.
Plate Form Implants
When a jawbone is too short or narrow for bone grafting, Plate Form Implants are used. In this procedure, a long and flat plate is fixed to the jawbone which allows the implant to be properly seated in the jawbone. In most cases, it takes around 3 to 6 months for healing but in some cases, plate form implants can be immediately ready for restoration. These are more rare than root form implants but nonetheless are sometimes used.
Number of Implants Needed
Single Tooth Implant
Many patients need only a few teeth replaced and in that case a single tooth implant costs can be in the range of $1,100-$4,000. Again as mentioned above, this is the best case scenario where there are no complications. If additional procedures need to be done, which can often be the case, a single tooth implant can cost upwards of $10,000. This isn’t to scare you away but rather to give you a realistic picture but this is not a cheap option.
On average though, a single dental implant can be around $2,500. So please be aware that while the cost can vary greatly, only your doctor will be able to give you an accurate cost.
Full Mouth Implant
For those patients that qualify, full mouth dental implants can be more cost-effective on a per tooth basis. But, the overall expense is much higher, The structure of your jawbones must be correct, and the procedure is much more involved.
At the bottom end full mouth dental implants can costs from $25,000, with minimal complications, to over $100,000 when additional complications occur. Again, please keep in mind that we are replacing all the teeth in your mouth and thus the cost is going to be more expensive.
Dentist Expertise and Location
The old saying “you get what you pay for” definitely applies to dental implants. There are many cases where we have seen implants performed in other countries, to save costs, where the damage done is so great, that we have to go back and replace everything done by the previous doctor. It is not to say that doctors outside of the United States are not qualified to do this, but you just have to be careful.
Even if you get a referral, please check the qualifications of the Dentist that you are going to be using for this procedure. Ask for references, sample photos, or even referrals from other doctors if possible. As a Dentist gets more experience in dental implants, he or she tends to charge more. But, with that experience, comes a reduced likelihood of complications in the future.
Depending on where you live, dental implants can vary greatly in cost. While dental implants in Portland a relatively low in cost, and other areas of the country they can be much more expensive. As with anything, shopping around can be a very eye-opening experience it is highly recommended.
In some cases, additional procedures might need to be performed. While the list below shows the most common procedures needed, it is not complete. As with anything dealing with the human body, each person is unique and therefore this list is only here for reference.
If your jawbone has suffered from erosion, having it built up so that your implants can be attached securely is vital. Bone grafting can be a lengthy process that can be necessary for some. Typically your Dentist will take bone from your own body and graft it to your jawbone. The addition of this ballot will stimulate your body to build new bone around it and give a excellent area to secure an implant.
If you have receding gums, tissue grafting may be a very important step to take during the dental implant process. While the procedure may be painful, maintaining the gums and teeth from any further degradation or loss can reduce the number of teeth that need to be implanted.
Removing a tooth can sometimes be the first step in the dental implant process. In some cases, removing the tooth is very easy while in others it can be a very complicated process. Please consult with your Dentist in order to understand how difficult it will be to remove the tooth.
In some cases, the need for higher quality bone site for the implant can be achieved with a surgical procedure called sinus lifting. This procedure is done to reestablish bone to your upper jaw and can be necessary in some cases. This is also a highly complicated procedure and an Oral Surgeon is highly recommended for this.
As with any surgical procedure costs can vary greatly. With that being said, the money that you spend today might be saved tomorrow if you take the proper precautions to get it done correctly the first time. When it comes to a patient’s mouth, cutting corners can lead to massive costs in the future.
Please talk to your Dentist about other cost-effective options that might be available if dental implants are too costly at this time. The last thing that we want to have happen is you to forgo something that can impact the enjoyment of your life.