Our hope is that all of our patients can get the dental care they need regardless of cost, but the reality is that most people have to take cost into consideration when making decisions about dental treatments. When it comes to dental implants, one of the most common questions we hear from our patients is, “How much do dental implants cost?” Below, we answer this and some other questions you’re likely to have about the price of dental implants in the Cleveland area.
What do dental implants cost in the Cleveland area?
We always want to be transparent with our patients when it comes to pricing, but it’s hard to give a satisfying answer when it comes to the cost of dental implants because there are a lot of variables involved. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry cites a range of $3000 to $4500 for a complete single-tooth dental implant restoration, which includes the implant itself, the crown that replaces the visible portion of the missing tooth, and the abutment that connects the two.
What makes things more complicated is that there are a number of other dental implant restorations available: implant-supported bridges, several types of implant-supported dentures, mini dental implants, and more. The total cost of dental implants depends upon the number of teeth being restored, the type of dental implants you’re getting, and the material you choose for the restoration. If you need tooth extractions or bone grafting before dental implant surgery, this impacts the cost as well.
Why are dental implants so expensive?
Many patients want to know why dental implants cost so much more than dental bridges or dentures, which is understandable—there’s a big difference in pricing! The answer is because bridges and dentures only address tooth loss above the gum line. Dental implants address tooth loss above and below the gum line, which requires a surgical procedure, biocompatible materials, additional planning, and more dental appointments. All of these extras result in a higher cost, but dental implants are meant to last a lifetime, unlike other restorations.
Is there a less expensive alternative to dental implants?
There’s no alternative that addresses tooth loss above and below the gum line or that protects against bone loss in the jaw. Dentures and bridges can restore appearance and much of the function of missing teeth, but dental implants are the closest option to your natural teeth.
Does insurance pay for dental implants?
It’s becoming more common for dental insurance plans to cover at least some of the costs of dental implants, but it’s still rare for them to provide complete coverage. Contact your dental insurance company to find out what kind of coverage they provide. In certain circumstances, your health insurance may also provide coverage for dental implants.
Are dental implants worth it?
Yes, in our opinion and in the opinions of our satisfied patients, dental implants are worth it. There’s no other restoration that looks, functions, and feels so much like natural teeth. The fact that dental implants protect against bone loss in the jaw means you’ll have a stronger bite and more youthful appearance when you choose implants.