The cost of dentistry is a concern for everyone because we're all trying to budget our dollars to stretch them as far as possible. However, the thing about dental implants is that you might want to stop viewing them as an expense. Instead, try looking at them as a long-term investment that can benefit your oral health for decades or even a lifetime.
Think of Dental Implants As an Investment
Yes, dental implants cost more than dentures and bridges. However, it's like comparing apples to oranges—they're not the same thing at all.
Dentures and bridges are both excellent for replacing missing teeth. They're not in the same league because implants have a relatively short lifespan—about 5-10 years—compared to an implant that can last a lifetime.
The process of getting and replacing dentures and bridges can also be costly and quickly exceed your dental implant investment.
A strong, healthy jawbone is another benefit of dental implants that you don't get with bridges or dentures. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone starts to deteriorate. Over time, bone loss changes the shape of your face. It can also lead to additional tooth loss—the very problem we're trying to address in the first place!
Dental Implant Cost: Crunching the Numbers
We can tell you the range of cost for dental implants, but it's impossible to know what it will cost in your case until your dentist evaluates your needs.
That said, a dental implant costs between $1,500 and $2,000 each. If you have several missing teeth, you will need more than one implant. Now, this is only the cost of the implant itself, so you'll need to add to it the other components required to complete implant placement:
- Tooth crown, bridge, or denture
- Cost of office visits
- Pre-op and post-op care
If your dentist needs to extract a tooth before implant placement, you'll need to factor in that cost too. When added up, the approximate cost for a single implant—from placement to restoration—ranges from $3,000 to $5,000.
Outside of the basic cost for the implant procedure, you also need to consider the training and expertise of the dentist or specialist and the level of care they will provide.
Paying for Your Dental Implants
There's no doubt that the cost of dental implants still makes them a stretch for many people. While dental insurance won't cover the entire implant procedure, it typically covers some costs, such as the dental crown or extraction. Even so, you'll probably need to save up for dental implants in the future.
You might also consider financing your dental implants so that you can budget for them more comfortably by making monthly installment payments. At Baller Dental & Orthodontics, we can help reduce your dental implant cost with our Baller Benefits Dental Savings Plan. This in-house savings plan offers numerous benefits, such as preventive dentistry and discounts on services like implant dentistry.
Dental Implants Are a Great Investment
Considering tooth replacement costs in general and what you get with dental implants, they are an excellent investment. You can't put a price tag on a healthy, confident smile and well-functioning teeth contribute to a higher quality of life.
Dr. Holly Baller is an experienced implant dentist in Aurora, CO, who has completed a year-long implant continuum through The International Dental Implant Association. She has invested in top-of-the-line dental technology like 3-D cone beam imaging that helps her deliver the highest level of care and best possible long-term outcomes.
Have Questions about Dental Implant Cost? Call Us!
If you'd like to schedule an appointment to get a better idea of what your implant costs will be, please call us. We look forward to helping you with your tooth replacement needs, whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants.