How Much do Dental Implants Cost?
Dental implants are a sophisticated form of tooth replacement that is increasingly in demand by those seeking better solutions than conventional dentures can provide. Implanted directly into the jaw and functioning – and looking! – just like natural teeth, dental implants can replace one, a few, or all of one’s teeth as needed. They are also highly customizable, with options that allow for permanent or removable prosthetic teeth and choice in materials. In some cases, they can even be made to secure existing dentures, making them more comfortable as well as functional.
While dental implants come with a number of benefits, these advantages also come with a cost. This article will outline some of the main elements in determining the cost of dental implants.
The Cost of Dental Implants and their Components
The price of dental implants depends on a number of complex factors, from where you live to what needs you have. The cost of replacing a single tooth in a small town in Iowa will be quite different from replacing an entire arch in Boston, Massachusetts; the skill and expertise of one’s dentist and/or oral surgeon will also have an effect on pricing.
On average, nation-wide, the cost of a single dental implant is around $3000, with a full set of implants running around $30,000. This can vary, though, so the best way to get an idea of what an implant or implants might cost you is to set up a consultation with a trusted dentist who can give you an idea of pricing in your area.
She or he will also be able to explain some of the other components of dental implants and how those choices will affect pricing. These include the kinds of materials used (titanium or zirconia), the number of dental implants required, and what kind of appliance might be used in conjunction with those implants, such as an implant-supported denture or bridge.
Are Dental Implants Covered by Insurance?
Dental implants are not covered by most insurance companies, but oftentimes they will pay for some portion of the implant, such as the implant crown itself. It is important to have a careful conversation with your insurance provider about what they will and will not cover before making plans to get dental implants so that there aren’t any surprises regarding coverage after the fact.
Payment Options for Dental Implants
While your dental insurance is unlikely to pay for most of the dental implant, many dental offices provide low monthly payment plan options for patients undergoing expensive procedures such as dental implants. Be sure to talk to your dentist about any payment plans that they might offer in-house; many times, these boast low interest rates and affordable monthly payments.
If your employer offers a healthcare spending account or a flexible spending account, this can also be a good way to effectively lower the cost of your dental implants by using money that is set aside from your paycheck before taxes. Talk to your employer about any options that may exist to take advantage of this benefit.