Cost of Dental Implants
Implants can be a great solution for missing or badly damaged teeth. They have many advantages over dentures and bridges. There are several different parts to dental implants, and some people may need more extensive work than others. There are also different materials that are used for various parts, so giving a price for implants is more complicated than just quoting one price. There are several things that will go into the price.
The main factors are the amount of work that needs to be done and the materials that have to be used. There is another factor that the customer should always remember when looking at the cost. Dental implants require extensive knowledge of surgery and tooth reconstruction. Part of the cost is the price you are paying for a top quality, well trained dentist. The worst thing you could do would be to try and save money by finding the cheapest dentist. A well fitted implant can last a lifetime, but a poorly constructed implant can lead to even bigger costs and pain and suffering. Part of the price will therefore be how many hours the skilled dentist will be working. If an even bigger procedure is needed that might include bone grafting, the amount will be substantially higher. There are a few visits to the dentist over the course of the procedure so those hours will also have to be factored in.
While the cost of the material is set at the supplier, very often individual dentists will mark up their price at very different rates. That is a decision each office makes based on various factors like rent costs, office costs and salary structure. Each implant, including root and crown can vary from $2000 to $4000. If you find you are paying less than $2000 for the root and the crown, it may be that they are using sub standard materials. If they are charging closer to $7000 they may be factoring much higher costs that they have to pay. It should be made clear to you what material is being used for the parts and the crown.
The roots(fixtures) come in various sizes and that will affect the price. The root would normally be the same price as the crown. The titanium fixture would be between $1000 to $3000.
The abutment is the part that the crown will attach to. It looks like a normal tooth that has been filed down waiting for the crown. They can be made out of gold or porcelain, and you should have a discussion with the dentist as to the pros and cons of each material.
The final step is the crown. They cost the same as any crown, and so the quality and price can sometimes vary. They should be comparable to the fixture, so between the two they will be $2000 at the very low end, to $7000 at the high end. The key is to find a AAID certified dentist with experience in these types of surgeries. Every patient/implant is slightly different so these prices should be seen as a guide.