The word “dental implants” may make some people cringe, especially given the rising costs of healthcare in today’s economy. Dental implants have high costs associated with them, but there are many payment options available to suit varying budgets. There isn’t a general cost or even an average cost associated with the procedure, as it depends a lot on what the patient needs, where the service is being performed, and what services the dentist provides for the procedure. There are a lot of different costs involved, and they all contribute to the total cost of having dental implants as a treatment option.

First, we’ll give a ballpark range, which can be anywhere from $2,500 to over $15,000 for extreme cases – like a boxer who didn’t do too well in his last match. Oops! Again, the cost varies from person to person, depending on severity and the treatments needed. Your visit to the dentist will start with a consult to determine what implant would be necessary, and the preparation work he will need to do to get the old tooth (or empty space) ready to accept the new neighbor. The number of visits you’ll need to make with the dentist, the type of implant post, the effect on neighboring teeth, the health of the gums and teeth, the surgery itself, and the choice of crown type all factor into the cost. This can vary significantly from one region to the next, including internationally. Some people will travel as far away as Southeast Asia to save on complicated dental treatments – a practice called “medical tourism”. It’s doubtful you’ll need to go to such great lengths, especially with third-party dental financing offers available.

Here’s a quick summary of the costs you can expect with a dental implant procedure:

  • Preparing the site for surgery – $650+
  • Implanting the titanium post (or “root”) into the jawbone/surgical costs – $2500+
  • Affixing the new crown (or “tooth”) onto the post – $700+
  • Creating a crown – $1000+

Naturally, the more difficult the location of the tooth to be implanted, the more it will cost. Molars and other teeth in the back of the mouth may be a bit tricky to pull off with nerves and other tissues, and your dentist might have to “phone a friend” – bring in an endodontist. Last, but not least, the health of the patient has a lot to do with the cost. A healthy teenager with pearly whites who just had a bad day playing lacrosse (ouch!) will likely have an easier implant than an elderly smoker who never got the hang of flossing.