How much does it cost to have a dental implant placed?

The costs associated with having a tooth replaced with a dental implant break down into the following three categories:

Implants vs. Root Canal
  1. Placing the implant.
  2. Placing the implant abutment (preparing the implant to receive its restoration).
  3. Restoring the implant (placing the crown, bridge or denture).

1) Costs associated with placing a tooth implant (implant surgery).

Here's an estimate of how much it might cost to have a single dental implant placed.

$1600.00 - $2200.00 1,2   
< Low: Small rural city or town. - High: Large metropolitan area. >

(How did we come up with this estimate?)

1) The fee range shown above refers to the process of placing a single "endosteal" tooth implant. This is the most common type of dental implant and the type we describe on our pages.

2) Some implant systems require a second-stage surgery where, after healing, the gum tissue overlying the implant is trimmed and made ready for its restoration. There may or may not be an additional charge for this procedure.

2) Costs associated with placing the implant's abutment.

Most dental implant systems require the attachment of an abutment (retainer) to the implant. This is the "nub" on which the implant's dental crown, bridge or denture is secured.

The following cost range is given as an estimate for the dentist obtaining and placing stock ('off-the-shelf') abutment parts for a single implant. Dental implant costs include the implant, abutment and crown.

$275.00 - $450.00 3   

3) In some cases a custom-fabricated abutment may be required. If so, you can expect that the above fee will be increased on the order of $100.00 to $200.00.

3) Costs associated with placing the implant's dental crown.

Beyond those costs directly related to the implant (its surgery and obtaining and placing all needed parts) there will be a separate charge for restoring the implant, which typically involves placing a dental crown (or possibly bridgework or a denture).

The fee for the crown can be expected to be similar to that which the dentist charges for dental crowns for natural teeth.

Dental insurance coverage for dental implants.

Dental policy coverage for tooth implants tends to vary. In past years, implants were often excluded from coverage. More recently, now that the success of this treatment approach has been proven, many companies do provide benefits for this procedure.

Implants typically fall under the classification of "Major" dental services. Major services are frequently covered (check your plan) at a rate of 50% (of the dental insurance company's UCR fee, after the policy's deductible has been met).

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