How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Each year, thousands of people choose dental implants to replace missing teeth. These artificial teeth are surgically implanted into the jaw bone, and look and function like a real tooth. While they can be more expensive than alternative treatments, many patients find that implants result in the best functional and aesthetic result, making them worth the additional expense.



So what’s the average cost of dental implants?

The cost of implants varies widely but the total cost is usually somewhere between $1,250 and $10,000 depending on what you need. There are many variables to consider so in order to receive an accurate price quote you should schedule a consultation visit with a local dentist who can evaluate your situation. The chart below contains average costs for US based dentists and should give you an idea of what you can expect to spend though.

dental-implant-cost
dental-implants-costThe number of teeth needing to be replaced is the most important factor in determining implant costs. If you need to replace one tooth, it will be much less expensive than getting a full upper or lower arch of implants. A basic implant is usually $1,250 to $3,000, while a three-tooth unit usually costs around $4,000, and a full upper or lower arch of implants can cost $10,000 to $20,000 or more.

Dental implant costs on average are also dependent on the specifics of your procedure, particularly whether any dental work must be completed before you are able to get implants. If bone grafting must be done before the implant can be placed, expect this to add several thousand dollars to your treatment costs. The same goes for any treatments needed to repair or treat existing dental issues before you can undergo dental implant surgery. Other pre-surgery expenses include the cost of X-rays and CT scans needed during the consultation and planning process.


There are also several different types of dental implants made with different qualities of materials; your choice of implant style and material grade will affect the cost. The cost is usually broken down into that of the fixture (the part inserted into the jaw bone) and the cost of the crown, or artificial tooth placed on top of this fixture. Average fixture costs are $800 to $2,500, compared to crowns priced at approximately $600 to $1,500.

Your dental implant cost is also dependent upon the dental surgeon performing your treatment. The dentist’s qualifications, experience, and even geographic location can influence the cost of dental implant treatments. While most patients do ‘shop around’ before choosing a dentist to handle the implant process, it is important not to base this decision on price alone, as price and quality tend to be interrelated.

If you are concerned about the cost of dental implants, there are several options available to you. Because dental implants are considered both cosmetic and functional, they may be covered by dental insurance. If you have dental insurance coverage, be sure to ask about the specifics before undergoing dental implant surgery, to find out how much your insurance will cover and whether they have any requirements that must be met. Many cosmetic dentists also offer financing programs and other programs to help make the costs of implants affordable. Ask your dentist about the financing options they may have available for you.

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Julia January 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Thanks for the cost information! We’ve been looking for someone to do dental implants for my great aunt but weren’t sure about the general cost.

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Elana August 5, 2013 at 5:48 am

I’m just starting to collect information and doing some research on the cost of getting dental implants and this site helped a lot. Thank you!

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Shayla September 10, 2013 at 4:08 am

Thank you for this invaluable information! I have to have an extraction on an upper tooth and I am dreading the thought. I must replace it! I wanted to know how much $ I will have to spend. Thanks a bunch!!!

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Ashley January 4, 2014 at 10:09 pm

I had 1 crown and the cost was $1300 total. The more you get the cheaper the cost per unit gets.

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Janine February 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Thanks for the advice. A really good article that covers most of the nuances of dental implants. I found it really helpful.

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Craig February 25, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I just had 6 implants and crowns and bridges for 12 teeth plus some extractions for a total cost of $11000. Had it done in Costa Rica by American trained professionals. Fantastic clinic and job. Had a great vacation and saved almost $20,000 over quoted prices in Canada.

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Sam March 7, 2014 at 2:08 am

Would you be able to provide me with name of the American trained professional an Costa Rica? I would like to contact them.
Thanks

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van March 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I nneed the name of the trained doctors

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Aj March 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Can you please the contact information of the doctor in Costa Rica.
Appreciated

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Lloyd April 20, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Jan 2014 I had 6 implants for lower molars in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Cost close to $5,000 Canadian. The crowns will cost about the same. They recommend 6 months before crowns. I opted to not get crowns at the same time as there is apparently more chance of failure. For several yrs I have used a more expensive, well equipped clinic (Just Smiles) but could have gone cheaper elsewhere but I’m happy with results. They use a universal implant so I could get crowns anywhere.

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Lloyd Yeates January 1, 2015 at 3:40 pm

A number of people wanted more details on the dentist I used in Mexico.
Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Now, a year after my extraction and 6 implants I have returned to Mexico. I am in Mexico and will return to Puerto Vallarta next week and get the crowns and some other work at the same clinic.
JUST SMILES -Dr. Guillen
Bassilio Badillo 311
Col. Emilliano Zapata,
Puerto Vallarta Jal. c.p.48380
Tel (01 322) 22 30505, 22 3 29 90 Calling Mexico from your area may require different prefixes and the country code (52 from Canada)
This is not the cheapest but very impressive, modern clinic with panoramic xray staffed by several dentists with specialties I had a filling, root canals, an extraction, and implants. with 4 different specialists. All staff speak fair to good English, adequately explain procedures, and are willing to work weekends to fit your schedule.

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Mark January 7, 2015 at 1:57 am

Lloyd Yeates
You mentioned what you had done but not the costs. Please provide as much cost information as possible.

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Lloyd Yeates January 25, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Mark – Here are my procedures at Just Smiles. I paid in Mex pesos so converted to Can and US dollars at today’s rate.
Feb 2011 2 root canals @2500mp = 211.17 can =102.45 us

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Lloyd Yeates January 25, 2015 at 9:18 pm

Mark – Here are my procedures at Just Smiles. I paid in Mex pesos so converted to Can and US dollars at today’s rate.
Feb 2011 2 root canals @2500mp = 211.77 can =102.45 us each
2 posts @1500mp =127.06 c = 102.45 us each
2 crowns @6000 mp ea =12,000 =1016.50 c =819.58 us
Mar 2012 root canal 2500mp = 211.77c = 170.24 us
post & crown ?? 4500mp 381.19 =307.34 us. I lost this bill but think that’s what it was.
Feb 2014 extraction 2800mp = 237.19 c = 191.23 us
6 implants 69000 mp = 5844.99 can =4712.56 us
jan 2015 6 abut & crowns 69,000mp = 5844.99 can -4712.56 us
I now have temporary crowns. permanent in 3 days All prices are from written estimates. All reduced 10% when paid cash in pesos. I arranged with my bank to draw up to $1000 per day from ea of 2 accounts so I made daily payments during the processes. Like all costs in Mexico use an automatic teller at a bank for the best rate. Free standing machines are even bigger ripoff here than in Canada. Never use Can or US cash in Mex. Large amounts of Can or US cash are a pain to convert at bank and very costly anywhere else. Machines at banks dispense pesos or US dollars. Each 12,000 mp (1000) costs under $3 fees here and $3 at my bank. Not all banks will dispense that much and some reduce daily limit when busy. I like HSBC and Santander. Fees are per withdrawal so you want a few large amounts.

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