Costs of dental implants
The out-of-pocket costs for dental implants are separated into two categories:
- costs of the surgery during which the dental implants and abutments are inserted into the patient’s jaw;
- costs of the prosthetic restoration, i.e. the making of the crown, bridge or prosthesis that will be attached to the implant abutment.
Each patient’s situation is unique and only a specialist can provide an accurate cost for a treatment plan, but you should expect to pay up to several thousand dollars for dental implants. Dental plan beneficiaries may have some or all of these costs reimbursed depending on their insurance coverage.
Some dental offices may offer a discount on dental implants and/or crowns, bridges or dentures if more than one implant is required in the treatment plan. Talk to your specialist and/or restorative dentist to find out if they offer such a discount or not.
Since there are several specialists who can perform dental implants (some general dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons and periodontists), you may want to consult more than one specialist to compare the suggested treatment plans and the costs of each. To do so, you need to obtain a detailed treatment plan with all the procedures and their respective fees.
Although they are more expensive than other treatment options, dental implants are mostly a long-term, sustainable solution. The costs required to install them are non-recurring and can save money in the long run. In short, because of its benefits, you should view dental implants as a long-term investment rather than a short-term expense.