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Dental implants are one of the most common restorative procedures for people who have:
The average cost of a dental implant is anywhere between $1,000 and $4,500. This price typically includes the implant (artificial tooth root), the abutment (support post), and the dental crown (false tooth). If bone grafts are needed, the cost of treatment will increase.
A full set of dental implants can cost as low as $3,000 and up to $90,000. However, the national average in the U.S. is $34,000 for a full set of implants.
Fortunately, there are alternative options available to help people find low cost dental implants:
For some patients, a dental discount plan could save you more money each year.
Dental insurance plans reduce the cost of dental care and help people maintain excellent oral health throughout life. However, there are pros and cons to dental insurance:
If you can't afford dental insurance, there are other ways to get low-cost dental implants:
There are a few ways to find affordable dental implants without spending thousands of dollars on insurance each year. Some financing options include:
Discount dental plans are a great way to save money on dental implant treatment. There are many dental discount plans available, and all of them work in similar ways:
Careington is a popular dental discount option that provides 20 to 50 percent savings on dental care costs. Unlike insurance, there is no yearly spending limit on dental services. Patients pay one low annual fee and can use their Careington plan to save on dental treatments all year long.
ClearChoice centers specialize in performing same-day dental implant procedures. The dentists perform more dental implant surgeries each year than many other facilities because they have an innovative, all-inclusive approach.
Most ClearChoice implant centers charge one flat fee to remove all of your teeth (top and bottom) and replace them with implants. On average, the cost for All-on-4 implants is between $35,000 and $55,000.
A dental implant payment plan may be an excellent option for those who do not have insurance. Some dentists and oral surgeons allow patients to pay off a portion of the implants over a few months. Instead of paying for the implants through an insurance provider, you would pay your dentist directly.
It is important to note that not every dental practice offers a payment plan for implants. Talk with your dentist to determine the best option for your needs.
Cosmetic Dentistry Grants (CDG) is a nonprofit dental organization that provides funding for various dental procedures. In some cases, people can get free implants through this organization.
However, CDG does not offer certain types of dental work. These services include professional teeth cleanings, tooth extractions, x-rays, cavity fillings, and root canal treatment.
In the U.S. and around the world, many university dental programs offer discounted dental services. The public can visit these on-campus clinics to receive treatment from current dental students.
Professional dentists check each step in the process during treatment. Supervision ensures the dental student does everything “by the book.”
Most university programs offer 50 percent savings on preventive and restorative treatments, including dental implant surgery.
A dental implant procedure is expensive and may not be the right option for you. Your dentist may recommend a different tooth replacement option if you have more than two missing teeth or need full mouth rehabilitation. Some alternatives include a dental bridge, partial dentures, or complete dentures.
Dental implants are fused to your jawbone, so the restorations are extremely durable and can last a lifetime. They are worth the price if you can afford them.
With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime. However, the crown that sits on top of the implant may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years.
A few dental offices in Michigan (My Family Dental and South Field Smile) claim to have the lowest cost dental implants, $499 per implant.
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Individual CIGNA Dental Choice. https://www.cigna.com/assets/docs/texas/844097_Dental_Choice.pdf
“Patients.” The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, dentistry.uth.edu/patients/.