The short answer is “It depends.”
Single implants can range in cost from $2,520 – $3,500, but circumstances can increase that estimate. Certainly a consultation is the best way to find out what is best for you. Many insurance companies now cover at least a portion of the implant cost. We offer a prior-authorization as a courtesy to allow you to make an informed decision prior to any surgery.
While bridges and dentures are less expensive at the outset, you should consider that both options have sometimes considerable continuing expenses. Bridges, by their structure, cut down the neighboring supporting teeth - which can lead to weakness and repeated treatments. Dentures cannot preserve the jaw bone the way dental implants can, so the jaw shrinks as the bone is resorbed, leading to ill-fitting dentures and repeated rounds of re-fitting and re-placing. Over a lifetime, dental implants can be the most cost-effective as well as aesthetic choice.
First, check with your dental insurance carrier to see what portion, if any, of dental implants they cover.
We do offer CareCredit in our office. If you are interested in finding out if you are eligible, please let one of our staff members know and we will be happy to assist you with this.
Dental implants are an investment in your health as well as your appearance. Having a full set of teeth makes eating a pleasure again, allowing you to eat a balanced, healthy diet. A full set of teeth also preserves the contours of the face, keeping you looking younger.
You'll want to discuss all of your options with your dentist and oral surgeon [or periodontist], but don't let the initial cost discourage you from getting dental implants.