Tooth Implant Cost

It’s terrible to have to hide your smile, but that’s the sad result of many common sports injuries which result in the loss of one or more teeth. Losing a front tooth will result in an unsightly gap, while the loss of a molar can create a deep pocket which is a breeding ground for bacteria, making excellent dental hygiene even more important.

For some who lose more than one tooth, the problem is even more severe. The shape of the face changes, and if the loss if serious (as for example, following a major car accident) it may become difficult to eat.

In short, it’s not a good idea to ignore the loss of a tooth, the problem is what to do about it. The choices are usually quite simple; dentures or a dental implant, but as always, money is a factor, so just how much does a tooth implant cost?

Single Tooth Implant Cost

The cost of a single implant varies enormously. It depends on the location of the tooth and the location of the patient. Even within the USA you’ll see very different prices quoted, from around $2000 to $4000 for a single dental implant, and sometimes even more. Part of the problem is that the procedure has several parts, so before deciding that a tooth implant is what you want you need, be sure the cost you’ve been given is for the whole procedure and not just the first part.

Medical Tourism

Dental Implants are available in many parts of the world, the cost described above apply to the USA. With the advent of medical tourism, many of those in need of a tooth implant are travelling to other countries; India, Mexico and the Phillippines are among the most popular locations.

Dental Implant Cost in India

Implants themselves start at around $500 (25,000 Indian Rupees) with crowns costing around $100.

Tooth Implant Costs in Mexico

Getting false teeth implanted in Mexico can range from around 660 to 2000 USD.

Tooth Implant Procedure

According to the American Assocation of oral and maxillofacial surgeons, over half a million implants are done every year.
There are three parts to the procedure.

1. Extraction.

In the first part of the implant process the diseased tooth is extracted. (If you’ve already lost your tooth, congratulations, at least this is something you won’t have to pay for)

Tooth extraction cost

The cost of the extraction is from around $75 to $300, more if you require sedation.

2. The Implant.
A titanium post is embedded in the jawbone to provide a ‘root’ for the implant.

3. The Crown.
Once the jawbone and implant have fused together, a crown is added. This typically happens around 6 months after the initial implant.

Tooth Implant Problems

Most dentists agree that dental implant surgery is usually straightforward, and although, like every type of surgery, there are some risks, these are small and manageable. In other words, things don’t often go wrong, and when they do, they’re relatively easy to fix. There is a danger of infection at the site of the implant and the possibility of injury to the surrounding teeth. If the tooth is implanted in the upper jaw, there is also a possibility of injury to the sinus cavities.

Tooth implant vs Bridge

According to some experts, a dental implant, despite the high initial cost, can work out cheaper than a bridge if you consider the cost over time. Implants are especially suitable for anyone who has lost more than one tooth, does not want to wear dentures, is willing to give the process time, has a fully grown jawbone and no health problems which prevent the bone from healing.

What is a Bridge?

A dental bridge is a way of replacing missing teeth. The bridge is attached to teeth (or implants) on either side of the missing tooth and consists of imitation teeth made of porcelain, gold or both. The procedure is relatively simply; the dentist removes some of the teeth to which the bridge will attach and takes an impression of your teeth. Once the bridge has been made, you will have an appointment to fit it and there you are! No waiting around. The procedure is relatively simple and unlike dentures, a bridge is not removable it is fixed in place. Most bridges will last for around 10 years.

Tooth Bridge Cost

The cost of a bridge, like the cost of a tooth implant, is calculated per tooth. The bridge itself can cost up to $600 or so for each attaching wing, and anywhere from $600 to over $1000 for each false tooth. Most US dental insurance will cover around half the cost.