Implants are one of the most common options for replacing one tooth, multiple teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. Dental implants are generally secure and stable, offering the same level of comfort as if you had your natural tooth. Unfortunately, implants are not an option for everyone, not only because the patient needs to be in good health for the surgery, but also because of the higher costs involved compared to alternative tooth replacement options like fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, according to cosmetic dentists in Canoga Park, Dr. Edalat & Dr. Kalai.
Average cost of dental implants.
A single dental implant typically costs between $1,500 and $6,700, depending on a wide range of factors. For instance, replacing a front tooth usually involves a lot more work because of the minimal work-space available compared to a back tooth. In addition, the abutment (connects the implant to the crown) used in the front teeth is usually more costly than the standard abutments used in back teeth placement.
Factors affecting the cost of implants.
There are several reasons why dental implants cost more than other tooth replacement options. First, the consultation processes involves a number of exams including diagnostic imaging (panoramic X-ray), which typically increases the cost of treatment.
Second, each implant comprises three elements: the implant, an abutment, and a crown. The cost of treatment will include the total amount of producing these 3 parts and placing them. Placement of the implant element may range from $900 to $3,200, while placement of the abutment and crown may range from $1,500 to $6,700.
Third, the treatment involves multiple dental visits, so you need to pay for the dentist’s time. After the consultation, you should schedule the first appointment to place the implant, followed by a second appointment in 3-6 months for placement of the abutment and crown. Another appointment may be necessary to adjust the implant.
Fourth, implants require specialist care that is typically more expensive than general dental care. Dental implants lie in the category of implantology under restoration dentistry. They can only be placed by an oral surgeon, periodontist, or dentist with relevant advanced training. As such, you will be required to pay more because of the dental professional involved.
Fifth, other costly procedures may be involved to make you a suitable candidate for dental implants. For instance, you may require periodontal treatment or bone grafts, which add to the overall cost of treatment. Also consider the use of general anesthesia or local anesthesia during treatment.
Reducing the cost of dental implants.
Having multiple dental implants can prove to be very costly for most people. Fortunately, you don’t need to replace all missing teeth with implants to restore function and aesthetics. For instance, having 2 implants with 3 tooth bridges can cost between $2,800 and $12,000, while having 2 implants with 4 bridges can cost between $4,000 and 15,000.
The more implants you have in your mouth, the higher the cost. So, discuss with your dentist about cost-effective tooth replacement options.