Dental implants are the highest quality tooth replacement option. A dental implant provides a natural look and function, restoring your smile and your ability to effectively chew the foods you love and need for daily nutrition.
If you’re considering having a tooth replaced with a dental implant, you probably have some questions, such as how much it costs. Here’s what you can expect from a cost standpoint for a dental implant to replace a tooth.
Average Cost of a Single Dental Implant
The average cost of a dental implant to replace one tooth is between $3,000 and $4,500. Where your exact estimate will fall within that range depends on a variety of factors.
Factors that Contribute to the Cost of a Dental Implant
The following factors play a part in the price of dental implants:
- Quality of materials. In the case of most dental implants, the portion that is implanted in the jaw is made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is capable of fusing with the bone. The crown is most often made of porcelain because of its natural appearance. The use of these high quality materials factors into the cost, but it is worth it for a successful implant that will last for the rest of your life.
- Location of the tooth. Where the implant will be placed in your mouth can affect the cost of the procedure. Molars in the back of your mouth may be more difficult to access than a front tooth, meaning the procedure may take longer and be more complex. This can increase the total cost of the implant.
- Cost of living. Cost of living in the area affects the price of services, including dental care. The higher the cost of living in the area where your dentist is located, the more you may pay for your dental implant.
- Number of implants. The average cost of $3,000-$4,500 refers to a single dental implant. Each additional implant you require will cost that much again.
- Preparatory procedures. Not everyone is immediately ready to get a dental implant. If the tooth you are replacing has been missing for a while, the portion of your jaw bone that supported that tooth will most likely have weakened and deteriorated somewhat. You may require a bone graft procedure to prepare the bone to receive an implant, which is an additional cost on top of the cost of the implant.
Is a Dental Implant Worth the Cost?
The cost of a dental implant can seem overwhelming to some patients. And in most cases insurance doesn’t cover implants. There are lower cost options available, such as a dental bridge. So why pay more for a dental implant?
The reason dental implants cost more than bridges is because they are a superior tooth replacement solution. A dental implant is surgically placed in the jaw bone, creating a secure bond between the implant and bone. Once this bond is established, it can last for the rest of your life. The abutment and crown are attached to the implant so that it works and looks just like a natural tooth.
A bridge requires two crowns to be placed over the healthy teeth on either side of the gap where the tooth is missing. This means some of the tooth enamel will be removed to make room for the crown, and that enamel is gone forever. Over time, the force of chewing can cause damage to the crowned teeth, resulting in the need for an alternative replacement option, most likely an implant or implant supported bridge. You might as well go ahead and get an implant now, rather than later.
Rio Grande Oral Surgery Provides Dental Implants
If you’re considering a dental implant to replace a missing or damaged tooth, Rio Grande Oral Surgery can help you decide if this is the right option for you. We can evaluate your current condition and make a recommendation for tooth replacement. If cost is a concern for you, we accept a variety of payment options as well as CareCredit for financing to make the cost more affordable.