What Determines the Cost for Dental Implants?

by | Nov 20, 2021

If you’re considering dental implants as a permanent solution to replace missing teeth, you may be wondering what to expect in terms of the cost of dental implants.

Because of the many variables that impact what one individual will pay versus another, no definitive answers will come from the internet. No two dental implant procedures are the same because no two patients are alike, making it challenging to price-compare.

Learn what contributes to the overall cost of dental implants, and then consult a periodontist for an appointment to get an accurate, personalized quote.

Which Factors Determine the True Cost for Dental Implants?

Surgical dental implant placement is far more complex than non-permanent tooth replacement options like bridges and removable dentures. Below are several factors that influence the overall price.

Imaging Costs

Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. The patient must have enough available bone for the implants to be rooted securely in the jaw. The periodontist will evaluate a patient’s eligibility using radiological imaging to assess bone availability and plan for the implant procedure.

The periodontist selects the type of imaging technology that will provide the best information about how the implant process should proceed. 1 But since some advanced forms of imaging technology—such as 3-D scanning—require a significant investment for the periodontal practice, the costs may be passed onto patients.

Preparatory Procedures

If imaging detects that not enough bone is available for an implant, the patient will need a bone graft before the implant process can begin. Other preparatory procedures may include tooth extraction or a tissue graft for receding gums. The number and type of procedures the patient requires before starting the implant process will affect the total cost of dental implants.

Dental Implant Material Used

Most dental implants are created from titanium, and it’s considered the “gold standard” in the industry. 2 But a patient’s titanium allergy or desire to use a ceramic material for aesthetic reasons has led some periodontists to offer alternatives to titanium. Zirconium dioxide (usually referred to as Zirconia) can be shade-matched to the patient’s tooth. However, it’s a more expensive material than titanium.

Number of Implants Needed

If you need more than one implant, your expenses will naturally be higher. But the overall cost may depend on where the periodontist places the implants. If the missing teeth are located near each other, the periodontist can sometimes use implant-supported bridges, saving money compared to individual implants. And there are also solutions for those who need to replace an entire arch or all of their teeth.

Sedation Costs

The type of sedation a patient chooses to keep comfortable during the implant process or preparatory procedures will factor into the total cost for dental implants. For example, intravenous (IV) methods that allow for deep sedation under general anesthesia cost more because the qualified doctors to administer those drugs require more training. 3

Insurance Coverage

Not too long ago, dental insurance did not provide any coverage for dental implants. But that’s changing as insurers are beginning to recognize the long-term benefits of dental implants compared to other tooth replacements.

While insurance will not likely cover the entire cost of dental implants, it may pay for a portion of it or cover some of the procedures. Check with your insurance carrier to learn your coverage eligibility. If your coverage is poor, ask your periodontist about setting up a payment plan or arranging to finance.

Consult with a Periodontist to Learn the Cost for Dental Implants

It’s only after consulting with a periodontist that you’ll learn what you can expect to pay for dental implants. At Dental Implants & Periodontal Health of Rochester, patients receive accurate and honest feedback from Dr. Thomas Zahavi – one of the most qualified periodontists in western New York. Dr. Zahavi uses advanced, proven technology to ensure a successful outcome. As a result, we have earned the trust and respect of many happy patients.

Dental implants are a long-lasting permanent tooth replacement solution that is far superior to removable alternatives. To learn if dental implants are right for you, contact us online or call 585.685.2005 to make an appointment.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4220422/
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5455450/
[3] https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/sedation-dentistry-can-you-really-relax-in-the-dentists-chair


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