Are you considering a dental implant to replace a tooth? If you have a missing tooth or one that is too decayed or damaged to be restored, a dental implant is the best option for replacement. Dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement because they look and function as closely as possible to your natural teeth.
How much does a dental implant cost? Here’s a breakdown of the average cost range of the dental implant procedure and what it entails.
Average Cost of a Dental Implant
One dental implant to replace a single tooth can range anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000. This cost usually includes the entire procedure from start to finish. The average cost within that range tends to fall in the low to middle of that range, around $4,500 but costs become very specific to your individual treatment needs.
What Does the Dental Implant Procedure Entail?
Let us help you to understand all that goes into the procedure.
- Consultation. The first step, the consultation, usually involves taking X-Rays and digital images of the mouth or impressions where the implant will be placed. X-Rays allow our dentists to evaluate the bone density in the jaw bone at the site to make sure it can support an implant. Plans will be made for the next step in the process.
- Preparatory procedures. If the bone is not strong enough to support an implant, a bone graft procedure may need to be performed first. This involves surgically placing a piece of bone over the existing bone to strengthen it and encourage regrowth. A bone graft procedure will need to be done a few months in advance of the implant procedure.
- Placing the implant. When the jaw bone is ready, the implant will be surgically placed in the jaw. The implant base is made of titanium and has ridges like a screw to hold it in place. It will fuse with the jaw bone over a few weeks or months to form a solid hold.
- Attaching the abutment. After the implant base has healed, the gums are reopened and the abutment is attached. The abutment is a small post that extends above the gum line from the implant root that the crown will attach to.
- Fitting the crown. The crown, or the lab made tooth, will attach to the abutment. If it fits well and looks right it will be cemented into place permanently, completing the procedure.
This extensive process is the reason for the cost of dental implants. Implants are well worth the investment because they look and function just like your natural teeth. Once an implant is placed, you will hardly know it is there. You’ll have the same bite strength as you have with your natural teeth and you brush and care for it the same way as well.
What to Do if You Need Multiple Teeth Replaced?
With the cost of a single implant averaging $4,500, it can add up quickly when you need multiple teeth replaced. Alternatives are implant supported bridges and dentures. If you have a row of 3 or more teeth that need replaced, an implant can be placed on either end of the row with a bridge attached.
If you need an entire arch of teeth replaced, implant supported dentures are a good option. The implants provide solid anchors to keep your dentures in place and help to preserve bone density in your jaw.
If the cost is not a concern, you can get as many dental implants as you wish.
Dental Implants at Dynamic Dental on Staten Island
If you’re looking for a dentist with expertise in dental implant restorations, Dynamic Dental can help. Located on Staten Island in the Great Kills area, our practice has extensive experience with dental implants as well as a complete range of dental services.