October 8, 2018
Are you ready to invest in your confidence and your quality of life with dental implants? That is great! You are choosing to enjoy an option that can last for a lifetime while improving your oral health. Although you are excited to begin your journey to a complete smile, you are a little apprehensive about the cost of the treatment. There are several factors that influence how much you can expect to pay.
Cost of Dental Implants
Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants requires you to undergo a multi-phased process. Each phase and the materials needed include separate costs depending on your individual treatment plan.
Consultation and Imaging
The process of filling the spaces in your smile starts with a consultation, which also requires the use of imaging equipment. You need to pay the dentist’s fees and the cost of the CT scans or x-rays. On average, the imaging ranges from $25 to $200.
It is not uncommon to need additional procedures before your implant posts can be surgically placed into your jawbone. If you require bone grafting, this can add $250 to $3,000 to the overall cost while teeth extractions range from $75 to $650.
Depending on how many teeth need to be replaced, the cost of your treatment varies:
- Single-tooth implant: $1,000 to $3,000
- Implant-supported bridge: About $3,000
- Implant-retained dentures: About $3,500
Each abutment and crown can add as much as $500 to $3,000 to the amount you need to pay.
Paying for Dental Implants
Although dental implants cost considerably more upfront than traditional tooth replacement options, like dentures, they are more cost-effective long-term. They have the potential to last for a lifetime, so you will save money because they will not need to be replaced.
To help pay for your new smile, there are several options available, like using your dental insurance. While your policy will not cover the entire amount, it may pay for certain aspects, such as the imaging, a tooth extraction, or your restorations. Your policy may cover as much as 80% of these costs until you reach your annual allowance. To reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket, it is best to choose a dentist who is in-network because they have pre-negotiated rates with your insurance company.
Besides traditional dental insurance, you can also use Flexible Spending Accounts and third-party financing with CareCredit.
Get a Complete Smile Today
During your consultation, your dentist provides you with an estimate of your procedure and discusses your payment options to keep your new smile affordable. Do not let the price of the treatment stop you from improving your quality of life.
About Dr. Brenda Gong
Dr. Brenda Gong provides advanced solutions to promote her patients’ oral health, including dental implants. To keep her services affordable, she is in-network with leading insurance carriers, including Aetna, Delta Dental, Cigna, and United Concordia. If you are ready for dental implants, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
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