f you’ve experienced an unfortunate incident that has resulted in needing a dental implant, you’ll want to know roughly how much it will be to get fixed.
According to 694 RealSelf reviews, the average cost of dental implants is $7,350. A single implant can cost between $1,000 – $3,000. The cost will depend on how many implants you need and how much your insurance will cover if it covers any dental implant cost.
For those of you living in Virginia, Dr. Laviola can help with any of your dental needs, including dental implants.
What determines a dental implant cost
The dental implant cost will not only include the cost of the implant itself, but it will include fees for the surgeon, facility, anesthesia, supplies, consultation, and follow-u appointments.
- Number of implants
You may need a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full row of teeth replaced. The more implants you need, the higher your cost will be. If the dentist inserts an all-on-4 dental implant, which includes needing dental bridges, the procedure can cost over $30,000.
2. Experience level of the dentist
The more experience the surgeon who is performing your procedure has, the higher the charge will be. Specialized dental implant surgery costs more than a general dentist with less experience does. If your procedure is more complicated because you need multiple implants with another procedure like a bone graft, it may be worth it to go more expensive for a dentist with more experience.
3. Provider’s location
Your dental implant cost can be affected by the region of the U.S. that you live in. Getting dental work done in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles or Seattle will most likely cost more than in suburban and rural areas.
4. Type of implant used
The material of the dental crown (the replacement tooth) will determine the cost of the implant. Porcelain crowns cost more because they look most like natural teeth. Resin crowns are cheaper because they are less durable; this material is considered temporary because it needs to be replaced every 5 years.
The dentist will also choose from different types of coatings, connectors and sizes based on their patient’s needs. The type of abutment (the metal connector that screws into the implant and securely holds your crown in place) will affect the price as well. Custom-made abutments cost more than prefabricated ones.
5. Cost of diagnostic tests
The dentist will do x-rays ad CT scans to determine the specific implant you will need. The scans can cost anywhere between $25 and $200.
6. Whether you need general or local anesthesia
The type of sedation you will need is determined by how vigorous the procedure is. If you are only having one or two implants placed, your provider will administer local anesthesia and sedation. If you need a significant number of tooth extractions and a bone graft surgery, your provider may prefer to put you under general anesthesia instead. General anesthesia is more expensive than local anesthesia.
7. Preliminary procedures
Your dental implant cost will be affected by what preliminary procedures need to be done before your dental implants are placed.
The overall price of the procedure will increase if you need teeth extracted, the cost will differ depending on the location of your tooth and the difficulty of the tooth extraction.
Bone grafting will also add additional costs. Some patients may need sinus augmentation, which moves the sinus membrane upward to make room for the bone graft.
How to afford dental implant costs
- Dental loans
You can apply for a personal loan to help fund an expensive procedure like a dental implant. Look at the following factors when deciding on the right dental loan:
- Annual percentage rate
- Approval time
- Additional fees
- Requirements (credit score, minimum income, etc)
2. In House Payments
You can speak with your dental office about the in-house payment plans they offer. A payment plan is where you pay a certain amount every month toward your bill until it is completely paid off. Each case is negotiated on a case-by-case basis, and you will determine how much you will pay in small increments until the cost of your implant is covered.
3. FSA, HRA or HSA
If you receive benefits from your job, you can investigate the different health cards they allow you to set up: FSA (Flexible Spending Account), HRA (Health Reimbursement Account), and HSA (Health Savings Account). By setting up one of these accounts, payment of your choosing goes into the account every paycheck that can only be used for health-related incidents. This can help you pay for large health bills.
Speak with your provider prior to the procedure to get a quote of what the whole procedure will cost. Then you can contact your insurance provider about how much will be covered by insurance.
Along with dental implants, Dr. Laviola provides the following services: cleaning and prevention, family dentistry, extraction and preservation, oral appliances, sedation dentistry, orthodontics, technology, TMJ and migraine treatment, and one-shot smile.