|How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Dental implants are a popular treatment for missing or broken teeth and are an excellent choice for restoring both oral function and facial aesthetics. Perhaps more importantly, dental implants reverse the loss of jawbone - a key reason why many patients with missing teeth also lose their facial features.
A common misconception about dental implants is that the procedure is very expensive. Dental implants may appear to be expensive at first until you realize their long-term benefits. You also have to consider all the surgical and non-surgical procedures involved (including drilling into the jawbone for the dental implant) to realize that the costs are more than justified.
While it is true that dental implants cost more than other solutions, such as braces and bridges, they last a lot longer. So how much do dental implants cost? There is no one size fits all answer to this question because every patient's case is different.
Some patients may require bone grafting surgery, which could make the procedure a bit more complicated (and, therefore, more expensive). In general, patients may be expected to pay between $1,500 to $2,000 for each implant.
This does not apply to the actual procedure itself. Other costs, such as the abutment, tooth extraction, crown, office visits, and pre-op, as well as post-op follow-ups, will range anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000. This means that the total cost for the entire procedure for a single implant can range from $3,500 to $5,000.
Breakdown of the Expected Expenses Involved
There are several aspects to consider before our dentists Dr. Ruchlin and can start the procedure. To start with, our dentists will perform a full clinical evaluation of your mouth. They will check your remaining teeth and ensure that the surrounding teeth do not interfere with the placement of the new implant.
Several tests will be performed, including x-rays, CT scans, and CBCT scans, to obtain precise information related to your oral features. This information will be used to establish the length, diameter, and location of the implants.
An important aspect of the treatment is having enough bone in the jaw. Our dentist will check that the bone in your mouth has sufficient height and density. The structure of your teeth will be checked with the aid of x-rays and CT scans. The cost of 3D imaging can cost anywhere from $400 to $500 for the service.
Some Patients Require Bone Grafting Surgery
Patients who have experienced jawbone loss, which is common if you wait too long to have your missing tooth replaced, may have to undergo bone grafting surgery. The procedure for dental bone grafting depends on the condition of the jawbone and the patient's needs. In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $400 to $1,000 for each implant area.
It is also worth mentioning that each bone graft will delay the implant schedule to allow the surgical site to heal fully. This means additional visitors to the dental office, which could increase the total expense of the procedure.
You May Also Require a Sinus Lift
Some patients may require a sinus lift to increase jawbone density before they can undergo dental implant placement. This procedure could add anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 to your total bill.
The sinus lift prevents the implant from penetrating the sinus, which could lead to complications. Other reasons for requiring a sinus lift include:
Dental implants are usually performed under local anesthesia, which can cost anywhere from $50 to $200. However, some patients may be apprehensive about undergoing the procedure and require general anesthesia. Deep sedation requires the presence of an anesthesiologist who will check your vitals during the procedure.
As you can imagine, the cost of general anesthesia is a bit on the higher side, costing anywhere from $300 to $4,000, depending on the intensity of the surgery.
Dental Implants vs. Bridges
In general, dental bridges can range anywhere from $500 to $1,200 for each artificial tooth. The price also depends on the type of material you choose. In addition, dental bridges can be placed in a single visit. However, dental bridges are not stable enough and may only last for about 10 years, if you take good care of them.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
A complete set of dentures can range anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. Midrange quality varies from $2,000 to $4,000, while a premium set can easily cost $20,000 or more. The biggest advantage of dentures is that they cost a lot less compared to dental implants.
Dentures are a good choice for patients who have weak gums and jaws. The entire procedure is non-invasive, so you won't need to get anesthetized or worry about a dentist drilling into the bone. Of course, dentures aren't without their disadvantages. For one, they aren't as comfortable as implants and may also cause sore gums.
Moreover, dentures need to be removed regularly for cleaning. Prolonged use of dentures will eventually cause the jawbone to deteriorate. In other words, dentures may be cheaper than implants, but they aren't nearly as effective.
What is the Cost of a Full Mouth Dental Implant Restoration?
Replacing the top or full bottom with full arch fixed implants can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $40,000. The procedure is known as All-on-4, a reference to all teeth being supported on four dental implants. Note that during the first few weeks after surgery, you may be required to stick to a liquid diet. You can then move up to semi-solid food after the first few weeks. But you will have to stick to semi-solid foods for up to six months to allow the implant to fuse with the bone tissue.
Wondering if you're ready for dental implants? Contact our experts at Stephen L Ruchlin DDS to see if dental implants are an ideal procedure for you. Dial (585) 427-7820 to book an appointment today, and our friendly staff will fill you in.