The Cost of Dental Implants

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Replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant tooth costs the same as a dental bridge.
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  • The total price for one replacement implant and tooth the whole fixes usually $4,500.
  • Extraction of tooth – $250ea.
  • The surgical placement of one titanium post (the dental implant) cost between $1,750 to $2,300 each.
  • Implant crown is $2,100 each.

 

In some instances, additional procedures may be required, such as guided tissue regeneration or sinus elevations. Bone grafts (if necessary) are $350 to $2550ea, depending on the amount of loss.

Does Insurance cover dental Implants?

In short, no, and here’s why

Dental implants are the standard of care to replace missing teeth.  Insurance companies choose to categorize implants as being cosmetic dentistry.  The vast majority of dental insurance plans do not cover dental implants. BUT – more and more employers are selecting to add them to dental insurance benefits. Let us check yours!

Dental implants are more costly than the alternatives, which include dental bridges and partial dentures. The advantages of dental implants make it difficult to view them as being cosmetic. The low annual limit provided by most dental insurance plans means that the majority of the cost would have to be met by the patient in any case.

Why Choose an Implant over a Bridge or Partial Denture?

So what exactly are the advantages of having dental implants as opposed to having a bridge or partial denture? The critical disadvantage of a bridge is that some of the surrounding teeth must be grounded down to fit the bridge. It’s always best to avoid removing material from healthy teeth.

Having a partial denture is an easy way to replace missing teeth and doesn’t involve any modification of healthy teeth. Many people find dentures uncomfortable to wear and are worried about them moving around when they eat or speak.  Having a denture can necessitate regular visits to the dental office for your dentist to adjust any areas that may be rubbing, and to check the fit.  There is also the problem of breakage as care needs to be taken not to drop dentures while cleaning them.

An implant avoids these problems and also helps to keep good bone density, and this is extremely important.  It creates the most natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing restoration, and with proper care and attention, it should last for a very long time.  The longevity of implants can make them quite an economical solution to the loss in the long-term.

What Does Your Dental Insurance Cover?

Most dental insurance covers a percentage of the cost of primary treatment, such as regular checkups and cleanings.  It may also include a portion of the cost of dental x-rays and preventative treatment, such as fillings, and restorative procedures such as crowns and bridges.   In general, you will find that preventative and diagnostic services will be covered to a higher rate, while crowns and bridges will cost a lower percentage.

The payment plan offered through your dentist may be a good alternative unless you have Dental Insurance that is paid for by your employer.

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