In the vast spectrum of dental care, dental implants have emerged as the gold standard for many individuals struggling with tooth loss. We’ll guide you through the costs associated with different types of dental implants and give you all the details you need to make an informed decision regarding whether teeth implants are the right solution for you, including the different types of dental implants and their average cost.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, usually made from titanium, inserted into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. An artificial tooth (a crown) is affixed to the implant, mimicking the look and function of a natural tooth. Dental implants have become a popular alternative to traditional dentures or dental bridges due to their durability, stability, and natural appearance. With proper care, they can last many years and provide a permanent solution to tooth loss.

Who Needs Dental Implants?

If you’re missing one or more teeth due to tooth decay, injury, or disease, dental implants could be a great solution for you. They’re also an excellent option if you’re unable to wear dentures or if you want to improve your speech, comfort, and self-confidence that can be impacted by missing teeth.

Cost of Single Tooth Implants

Single implants, as the name suggests, are a type of implant used to replace a single missing tooth. This dental implant procedure is commonly used when a patient has lost one tooth due to an accident, tooth decay, or gum disease.

A single tooth implant consists of three parts:

    1. The Implant: This is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. It serves as an artificial root and provides a strong and sturdy base for the new tooth.

    1. The Abutment: This is essentially a connector affixed to the top of the implant, to hold and support the crown. It is the component that is placed above the gum line.

    1. The Dental Crown: Also known as the prosthetic tooth, the implant crown is custom-made to match your natural teeth in terms of color, shape, and size. It’s attached to the abutment and gives you the appearance and functionality of a natural tooth.

One of the advantages of a single tooth implant is that it doesn’t require altering the adjacent teeth next to the missing tooth. This means your remaining healthy teeth are not damaged. It also allows easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.

The cost of an individual implant placement typically ranges from $3,000 to $5,000, which includes the implant, the abutment, and the crown.

Mini Implants

Mini implants are a smaller version of traditional implants. They are typically used when a smaller implant is needed to fit into a narrow space, such as when replacing smaller teeth or front teeth. They are also used when a patient does not have sufficient bone mass in their jaw to support a full-sized implant.

A mini dental implant has the same structure as a regular implant, but it’s smaller in size. It consists of an implant post with a ball on the end that attaches the tooth to the post.

Mini implant treatment is less invasive, requires less bone, and heals faster than regular dental implants. They can often be placed in one visit and loaded with crowns or dentures immediately, making them an appealing option for many patients. They can be used to stabilize a lower denture, which tends to be more unstable than an upper denture, making chewing and speaking easier and more comfortable.

Mini implants are usually about half the cost of a regular single tooth implant.

Full-Mouth Implants

Full mouth implants are an excellent tooth replacement option for individuals who have lost most or all of their teeth or whose teeth are so damaged that they need to be replaced. They provide a permanent, stable, and natural-looking replacement for the entire set of teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw.

In terms of cost, full mouth implants represent a significant investment, often ranging from $20,000 to $45,000 per arch. However, they provide a durable, long-lasting solution for tooth loss, and many patients find that they offer significant benefits in terms of comfort, aesthetics, and overall quality of life.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures, are a type of denture that is secured in place by dental implants. They’re different from traditional dentures, which simply rest on the gums and can be removed. The implants help support the jaw bone and prevent bone loss.

The cost of implant-supported dentures can vary significantly based on several factors, including the number of implants needed, the type of dentures, the specific procedures involved (for example, whether a bone graft or sinus lift is needed), and the materials used. They can cost anywhere between $3,500 and $30,000 per arch (upper or lower).

Ways to Pay for Dental Implants

Dental implants can seem costly, but there are several ways to manage the cost.

Dental Insurance

Many dental insurance providers will now cover a portion of the cost of dental implant surgery, often paying a percentage of the cost up to the plan’s annual maximum. It’s also worth noting that while the implant itself may not be fully covered, additional procedures, such as bone grafting or tooth extractions, may have coverage under your plan.

You can speak with our office staff to get more information about using your dental insurance plan to cover the surgical procedure and any additional costs that may be incurred for other dental treatments.

Payment Plans

If you don’t have dental insurance coverage, you may be eligible for in-house financing or third-party financing (like CareCredit) where you can make monthly payments and spread out the dental implant cost over time.

Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

If you have an HSA or FSA, you can use pre-tax dollars to pay for your dental implant treatment.

Take the Next Step Toward a Beautiful Smile With Dental Implants

While dental implants represent a significant long-term investment, their longevity, coupled with the enhanced quality of life they provide, often makes them a worthwhile investment.

At our dental practice, your oral health is our top priority. We specialize in providing top-tier dental implant services and are committed to helping you navigate the financial aspect of your dental health journey. For more information on the dental implant process, the types of implants we offer, and financing options, give us a call today to schedule an office visit!