No two dental implant procedures are the same, which is why the costs are always given within a wide range. “Implantation procedures are complex, and each procedure has many parts,” says Roger Levin, DDS, CEO of Levin Group, Inc., a dental management consulting firm. “There are different fees for each part.”
Items that go into the final cost of your new tooth or teeth include:
- Complete dental examination including 3D imaging
- Extraction of problematic teeth, if necessary
- Placement of dental implant(s)
- Placement of abutment material
- Manufacture of the dental crown
- Placement of the crown
The cost of each item depends on the dental practice. Some dental offices offer a free computed tomography (CT) scan early in the process as an incentive (the CT scan helps determine your suitability for dental implants). But if you have to pay for this 3D imaging, you could be charged between $350 and $515 for the service.
Overall, implants are a lifetime investment and are priced accordingly. Levin estimates that the total cost per tooth, from start to finish, is normally between $3,000 and $4,500, and someone who needs a mouthful of implants is looking at a final price of between $60,000 and $90,000.
The main reason why there is no standard price is that no two procedures are the same. “Unlike a one-time service, like a filling, implantation fees are assessed based on the type and complexity of the job,” he explains.
In other words, variables like whether you have a CT scan during the preliminary exam or whether you need a sinus lift or a bone graft – and what type of bone graft – all affect the final price. .
Other factors that influence the price of your dental implants include the location of your practitioner – larger metropolitan areas tend to be more expensive.
The bottom line? Ask beforehand what this will cost in your individual case.