Lowell, MA – How much do dental implants cost? The answer to that question will be different for every patient, for a few reasons. No two patients are the same, so every patient requires a personalized treatment plan to meet their needs. Dental implants are fully customized for your smile, so the cost will vary depending on the patient.
However, the cost of dental implants compares similarly to other tooth replacement options. The New York Times states that the average cost of dental implants ranges between $3,000 and $4,500. Let’s break down some of the factors that can determine cost.
- Location – Areas of the country with higher costs of living will typically have higher costs for dental implants. That’s because in these areas a dentist’s overhead costs will be higher, and he will need to charge more to account for that.
- The number of implants needed – the more implants you need, the higher the cost.
- Materials used – the material used to create the implant can affect cost. Discuss with your dentist if there are options that are both of good quality and affordability.
- Preparation work – if you need work done in order to accommodate the implant, this will factor into the overall cost of the implant.
- Your dentist’s experience – The expertise of your dentist can also influence cost. A dentist with more training and experience will likely charge more than someone with little to no experience with dental implants.
The typical cost for the implant itself can range between $1,000 and $3,000. Then, patients must also pay for the abutment (the portion the fake tooth attaches to), and the crown, which can cost an additional $500 to $3,000.
The good news is, many dental insurance plans cover the cost, or at least a portion of the cost, of dental implants. Prior to getting an implant, it is important to determine what your insurance plan will cover – some may cover the implant itself, but not the cost of the abutment and crown. Some medical insurance plans may also cover a portion of the cost of dental implants, if there are any medical issues related to the tooth loss. It is important to remember that just like the cost of the dental implant is unique to you, what your insurance may cover is unique to your plan.
Most dental offices will also work with you to help you create a payment plan that can comfortably fit into your budget. Your smile can affect every aspect of your life, from your ability to speak and eat, to how you confidently greet the world around you. At Lowell Dental Arts, we strive each day to help our patients meet their smile goals in the most affordable way possible. To learn more about our smile options, and if dental implants may be right for you, call us today at 978-458-1114.