Cost of Dental Implants

Dental implants can be a costly procedure. An entire team of professionals are needed to deliver a long-lasting smile.

While a basic dental implant is typically $1,250 to $3,000, depending on your circumstances additional costs for things such as in the case of a posterior mandible, bone regeneration, sinus elevation, and wide diameter or narrow diameter implants can quickly escalate the costs involved to as much as $15,000 to $30,000 for the complete procedure for the upper or lower jaw.

Interestingly, most people assume that dental implant treatment is more expensive than alternative methods of tooth replacement. In reality, dental implants are more cost effective other methods of tooth replacement. The basic reason for this cost differential is due to the fact that other treatments require extensive repairs, replacements, and procedures to preserve the integrity of facial structures and prevent additional tooth loss compared to dental implants.

In other words, additional procedures will probably be necessary in the future to treat the teeth that were cut down, repair the resulting bone defects, or replace the initial bridge. One bridge replacement and a procedure to repair the bone defect could increase the total cost of treatment to over $6,000 in a 10- to 15-year period. An dental implant supported crown, on the other hand, would cost anywhere from $2,500 – $4,000.

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25 thoughts on “Cost of Dental Implants

  1. COMMENT:

    I am 67 and have worn dentures for 45 years. Due to bone degeneration my new dentures don’t fit much better than the old ones – the upper falls, the lower gives me constant sore spots. It appears that overdentures on implants are my only salvation from more years – genetically I could live to over 100 – of pain and embarrassment. I have consulted both a maxillofacial surgeon and a prosthodontist who advise me that the total bill will be close to $50,000, including a “minor sinus lift”. Problem is, I can’t afford $50,000 and am damned if I’m going to accept charity.

    Frankly, I think the cost is way out of line. No wonder the prosthodontist was able to brag that he retired the $250,000 loan received to set up his practice in just over a year. I’ve been a public accountant for over 30 years and haven’t seen other small professions or businesses able to do that.

    I’m not very impressed with the dental profession which has priced its way far beyond what most, especially suffering seniors without dental insurance, can afford.

  2. To Alex R – You MUST check out Mini Dental Implants. I have been using them in my general dental practice (I am not a prosthodontist or an oral surgeon) for three years now. My fee for 6 upper minis, 4 lower minis, and new dentures built to accomodate the implant placement would be under $12,000 and I practice in California!

    On this web site there is a discussion called Mini Dental Implants: Extensive Debate. Check it out.

    If google mini dental implants I’m sure you can find a dentist who is proficent with minis in your part of the country. This is NOT an experimental procedure at this point, and it works great for many many folks. Hope this helps.

  3. It is dificult to give you an oppinion of you case without having x rays ,study models etc but mayb you will like to try the so call MINI IMPLANTS , they are a good alternative because their size 1.8 mm again the smallest in the traditional about 3.2 mm ,they can be place in areas in wich the traditional implants can not. Also they are less expensive and the procedure is done in one appoinment. They are not designed to replace the traditional implants but sure are a good alternative.

  4. Many thanks to Doctors Clifford and Campos for providing me with a valuable lead.

    I should explain. When I contacted those who quoted the $50,000 I was expecting to hear something in the low $20M range. The $50M they quoted left me in shock, disappointed, and very angry.

    I feel much relieved and know that, if a candidate, I can afford to get them.

  5. mini implants are cost effective and an alternative to say the least. traditional implants in my opinion are effective and a sound treatment modality which should be considered and costs can be cut down drastically if you are willing to travel abroad for good dental treatment

  6. please share any info on going abroad for dental work,i am in great need of having extensive dental work done, i was just informed of the to have teeth in a day and teeth in an hour procedures done due to some very bad dental work done over the past 40 years i am despertly seeking what ever help and advise i can get.

  7. Brenda, check out Costa Rica. I am currently researching foreign sources for implant work (full set of overdentures) and Costa Rica appears the best in terms of location, facilities, and qualification of dentists; AND the fees are affordable. Unless something better shows up or I hear something very negative I am fairly certain that I’ll be going there sometime in the near future.

  8. Discount Dentistry, South of The Border

    By Manuel Roig-Franzia
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Monday, June 18, 2007; Page A01

    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Judy Salvador, a retired American Airlines ticket agent, recently typed two words into Google’s search engine: “cheap dentists.”

    Salvador loves cheap — she prepped for her nuptials by typing “cheap wedding” into Google not long ago — and her quest for cut-rate dentistry didn’t disappoint.

    At her computer in suburban Miami, Salvador found herself in an international cyber-bazaar of dentistry come-ons targeting patients in the United States, where 45 percent of the population has no dental insurance. The Internet offers crowns in Costa Rica, where “a few miles buys beautiful smiles,” root canals in Bangkok and Caracas, and implants in Budapest, where the “Hungarian medical level of training compares to UK or Irish practitioners,” according to one Web site.

    full article:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/17/AR2007061701297.html

  9. Personally I’ve looked into it, and the prospect of travelling to another country for cheap dentistry just strikes me as far too risky, and can only work if there are no major complications, in other words, no unplanned return trips or having to have it fixed locally. This is of course your health here.

    Personally I have an extremely hard time trusting foreign companies that seem to have hired the same people who write the nigerian prince letters claiming they just need a few thousand to free up millions which they’ll share with you. Many of these places say they will take care of everything, in other words you will be placing yourself in the hands of people you don’t know in a country you don’t know, letting them know you have enough money to be worth robbing, and being worked on by doctors and their staff who may or may not speak english. Sure it can be cheaper, but this should really be an absolute last resort.

    That being said I’d like to see the cost of implants (surgery and all) reduced a great deal (in half would be nice).

  10. Dan, as long as the traffic (the rich and famous) will bear current fees, they won’t come down. You can bet the farm on it – there ain’t no consideration given to the poor, ordinary folk who may be suffering.

    Google Costa Rica dental implants. I did. As an ordinarily extremely conservative, cautious person I was impressed by most I found. Believe me, if I were to go there and had the slightest inkling something wasn’t adding up, I’d be on the next plane home. AND, I’d arrange to have any money on my person in a form that couldn’t be negotiated if stolen – I used to work in a bank.

  11. Alex, in regards to costs of dental implants, the same can be said of gasoline, cars, housing food, travel, clothing, entertainment, sports gear, medical care and even accounting. Why should dentistry be any different? Its the economy in North America and throughout the industrialized world.

  12. in response to alex r.thank you for responding to my plea. i am still in shock of the complete and out of pocket exspence for this kind of dental work, i am still hoping for some kind of help and advice, i am so new at this i really am at the mercy of the public knowledge in dental cost, i hope and pray everyday that i qualify for some kind of loan whether it be dental, medical, or even personal i have no choice it’s do it or have no teeth in the next few years of my life, how scary is that? i really think i am in the best hands as far as dentist is concerned unfortunatly i am not so sure i can afford him,so right now i am in a very difficult situation, money verses experience, if only i was rich, right,but thank you for sharing the information with me,please keep me informed.

  13. Steve, that’s putting things a bit too simply. Let look at some facts – at least from a Canadian point of view.

    Statistics Canada tells us, from 1961 to 2006:

    Average cash income went up 1160 percent;
    Shelter went up 1019 percent;
    Food went up 487 percent;
    Clothing went up 447 percent; and
    Average consumer price index went up 595 percent.

    I could get a gallon of gasoline for $0.40 – that same gallon now costs around 1200 percent more.

    In 1961 I had a few teeth removed and paid no more than $10.00 a tooth. Although I only made a salary of $2,400 per YEAR, I don’t recall the $10.00/tooth being a hardship. I have found that today that same tooth extraction would cost me from $200 to $240. That’s an increase of 2000 to 2400 percent. Given that the average CPI increased only 595 percent during the same period of time – I think you can do the math.

    Also, I’ve been in the banking and accounting fields all my working life. I have never actually seen anyone who took out a loan of $250,000 to start a business able to pay it off in one year. A local prosthodontist told me he did. Even if he was lying and it actually took twice as long, many “normal” businesses couldn’t do it.

  14. Another option is to go the local dental school and see the prices there. I work at a dental school and we usually have fees that are half the cost of private practice. the drawback is longer treatment time but treatment is usually pretty good.

  15. Alex, The stats you provide are interesting but don’t accurately tell the whole story. The $10 extraction you had in 1961 represented about .42% of your reported salary. I would guess that the $200 extraction today would represent less than half that percentage.

    Today a dentist cannot hope to set up a new office for $250,000. It may be more like $500,000 to $750,000 for a fairly conservative office to be built and equiped.

    Although there may be exceptions, the average practioner will need 5 to 10 years to pay off a business loan using proceeds from their practice. To retire a $250,000 loan in one year seems absurdly improbable. Office overhead can run as high as 80% even for a busy office.

    Implant dentistry is a new and evolving part of the dental business. It is a far more costly service to provide than a lay person may realize. The time needed for training, individual case planning, surgical treatment, normal post surgical care, unusual post surgical care including managing complications or failures and even ongoing continuing education adds up and is a consideration in cost. Add to that the cost of instrumention that is continually evolving, surgical room preparation and asepsis,and expensive implant component costs and I see implant fees to be entirely appropriate.

    I agree, not everyone can afford dental implant treatment. Likewise not everyone can afford a nice home much less the same size home, a nice car, or occasional dining in a stylish restaurant.

  16. how does anyone come up with 90,000 dollars for dental work ? is there some kind of special loan or grants that i could apply for, i am still searching every avenue i can think of, i was told to try a home equity loan would be the best way but i had to take one out just 3 years ago to help put my son through college so needless to say i won’t qualify for that kind of loan,someone mentioned going to another country for this kind of procedure but that has to expensive too,where do you even start to investigate and how much of a difference is it? what about the language barrier, thank you in advance for sharing your knowledge and information.

  17. The unfortunate fact is that dentistry, in general, is not for the poor. Implant dentistry goes a notch further, at least at this moment. It is not a popular thing to say, but it is the truth. Dental education is extremely expensive and starting an office get more and more expensive as technology advances. There are other choices for people other than implants. Maybe implants should be covered under meical insurace as necessity for oral heaalth, instead it is deemed a cosmetic procedure.

  18. you could come to india… if possible, nowadays here in india we offer dental tourism, in that we’ll arrange for your complete package, including stay n all at very competitive prices.
    one more thing we do bicon implants, which are maufactured in usa, so if at all you some minor concerns you don’t need to fly to india again, you could get that fixed there itself also.
    do contact us if you need our help at
    dramitnarang@hotmail.com

  19. I was just curious I’m in my mid 20s and in need of having all whats left of my teeth replaced. Ive been looking into a long term solution but do not like the sound of just dentures that come out easily. Would mini implants be something that could help me?

  20. Sorry dental profession,I will take my business to another part of the world,if you want to gouge your own people don’t complain when the going gets tough and your loan defaults .! The most effeciant practioners will preval.

  21. Butch, I understand your concerns! I have Discounted fee for simple cases. The fee is discounted from $5600 USD to $2777 USD. This includes standard x- rays, study models, implant, abutment and crown. All components are of high quality, done under one roof, one dentist and in the USA.

  22. I had an implant installed by a young female dentist in Mexico. The total cost for the initial post was $250. It took a little less than an hour to do. There’s a small town called Algodones right at the border adjacent to Yuma AZ. There’s probably over 100 dentists practicing there. You park in a secure lot on the US side of the border and walk across. It’s easy and safe.

    I used to play golf with a dentist a few years ago who did nothing but root canals, & he was making $2,000,000 a year from his practice. Anyone who says that these services aren’t absurdly over-priced is being extremely naive.

  23. You could come to Greece and combine a wonderful vacation with getting your implants! Prices can be about a third of what you would pay in the US! You need to research it to find what best fits your needs, but the quality of service in many clinics is comparable to the US or UK.

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