Dental implants are considered the top of the line treatment for the replacement of missing teeth. No treatment option is closer to having your natural teeth.
For many patients, however, the cost may seem out of range. There are options for making dental implants more affordable, however!
What is the average cost of dental implants?
The total cost of dental implants may vary widely. It depends on the patient and their individual needs. Other necessary procedures like sinus lift surgery or bone grafting may also add to the cost.
Single tooth implant cost
If you are simply replacing a single tooth, an implant makes a lot of sense. The cost of a single implant and a crown is roughly the same cost as doing a three-crown fixed bridge.
With a bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are ground down. This makes room for a crown on each with a fake tooth connected between them.
So a minimum of three crowns is needed to replace one tooth. Two potentially healthy teeth are cut down in the process.
An implant is simply an artificial root for a tooth, placed at the site of the missing tooth. A single crown can be attached on top without touching the teeth on either side.
So what is the cost? A single implant without the need for other procedures will probably run around $1500-$2500. The crown that is needed to go on top of the implant can cost from $1000-$3000, depending on the type needed.
A fixed bridge across multiple implants can be expensive. You need to know how many implants are needed and how many teeth will be replaced. Add those to get the total cost.
Sometimes further procedures are needed to prepare the bone for the implant. Those come with costs of their own that must be added in.
Cost of full mouth dental implants
As you can see, replacing a full mouth of teeth with individual implants could be very expensive. Fortunately, that is rarely necessary. There are procedures that can replace an entire arch (top or bottom) of teeth with only 4-6 implants.
These implant supported dentures still come out to be cleaned and soaked overnight, however. The total cost for these implants and snap on top and bottom dentures can be $12,000-$25,000.
Another method permanently attaches a fixed bridge over 4 implants. This is called All-On-4 and is a big improvement over implant supported dentures.
These bridges don’t come in and out of your mouth and feel much more like natural teeth. The price is higher, however, costing anywhere from $50,000-$100,000 for a full mouth.
A more economical alternative may be the G4 Dental Implant Solution by Golpa. The G4 is done exclusively at Golpa Implant Centers, which have locations across the US.
The price for implants and restorations at a Golpa center may be as little as $13,750 per arch with Medicare. Those without insurance can expect full mouth costs to begin at $36,500 and go to as much as $52,500 for the most complex cases.
Another major advantage of G4 implants by Golpa is that replacement of teeth, start to finish, can happen in just one day (one 24 hour period). The All-On-4 route may take months or even over a year to complete.
Does insurance cover dental implants?
Some dental insurances help pay for implants, but most do not. The majority of dental insurances only pay towards the least expensive option, which in this case would be extractions and conventional dentures.
It is doubtful that even this least expensive option would be completely covered.
Dentures fall into a category that insurers call “major”. Major procedures are ordinarily covered at 50%, and only up to the yearly maximum payout amount.
In most dental insurances, that yearly maximum is only $1000-$2000. You’ll probably max that out quickly and the rest will be out of pocket.
Medical insurance can often be used if dental health conditions might be affecting overall health. As mentioned above, filing on Medicare may help bring the cost of treatment down by over $15,000!
Medicare will only pay on procedures that they deem medically necessary, however. Tooth extractions may be medically necessary, but unfortunately, replacing teeth is not seen as a necessity.
What are my payment options?
Few people can sit down and simply write a check for a procedure like the ones we have been discussing. Cash discounts often apply if you can, but for everyone else, there are payment arrangements available.
Golpa Implant Centers offers short term in-house financing and longer term financing through third-party lenders. For those that qualify, these lenders offer no-interest loans and extended payment terms with lower payments.
GreenSky Patient Solutions and Lending Club are both companies that work with you to find an affordable monthly payment amount.
Healthcare Savings Accounts are a great way to pay for your treatment. They are usually tax-free when used towards a qualifying medical expense. You should always check with your tax advisor to make sure the treatment you will be receiving will qualify.
If funds are used towards a non-qualifying treatment, you could be taxed at your income level plus a 20% penalty if you are under age 65.
Many patients use Individual Retirement Account funds to pay for care. Normally, taking money from an IRA before turning 59 is not recommended due to the 10 percent withdrawal penalty.
The exception is if you have medical expenses for the year that would be deductible if you itemize your deductions. In this case, you can exempt that portion of the early IRA distribution from the penalty.
Are full mouth dental implants worth the money?
Some patients wonder why full mouth dental implants cost as much as they do. Surely those little bits of metal don’t cost that much, right?
Honestly, you’re right.
The cost covers so much more than just the implants, however. Included in the prices above are x-rays, consultations, surgical procedures, medications, the implants, custom milled titanium frameworks, hand-crafted dental bridges, and more.
Treatment is performed by a doctor that has trained for decades to be able to do what they do, assisted by a team of knowledgable staff.
The restorations are created overnight while you sleep by a team of laboratory technicians using state of the art equipment and materials. The amount of knowledge, technology, and skill that it takes to do all that is amazing.
But it is a lot of money. And it’s completely normal to think that way. It’s a big investment.
That’s the truth of it, though. It is an INVESTMENT. In yourself. In your future. In your ability to chew and eat and talk and smile.
Being able to smile confidently has amazing benefits for your mental health. And having teeth and being able to properly chew may add as much as a decade to your life.
How much is that worth to you?
If you are ready to invest in your health, or even if you just want to learn more, contact us. We’d be happy to discuss if the G4 Implant Solution is right for you.