Complete Dental Implant Cost Guide

According to prices submitted by Dental Implant Cost Guide readers, the cost of a single tooth implant ranges from $1000 to $3,000 in addition to $500 to $3000 for the abutment and crown, for an average total cost of $4000.

If you have recently lost a tooth from tooth decay, gum disease (gingivitis), periodontal disease or from injury, you have probably considered or have been curious about dental implants.

This guide outlines all the facts and cost-related factors which will hopefully answer most (if not all) of your questions so you can decide whether dental implants are the right choice for you.

In This Guide

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Tooth implants are typically more expensive than more traditional alternatives such as bridges and dentures. Once you get an examination and talk with your dentist, they will be able to provide you with a specific price estimate for your situation.

Single Tooth Implant Cost
Implant Only$1000 to $3000
Abutment & Crown$500 to $3000
Average Total Cost$4000

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Cost of Additional Procedures
Simple Bone Graft$200 to $1200
Complex Bone Graft$2000 to $3000
Simple Extraction$75 to $300
Surgical Extraction$150 to $650
X-Rays$20 to $250
CT Scan$250 to $1000
Total With Add'l Procedures$5000 to $10000

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However, if additional procedures such as bone grafts, extractions and extensive imaging and/or modelling are required, the price can easily inflate to $5,000 to $10,000. Your dentist will be able to give you an idea of what costs you are looking at after a preliminary examination.

A 3 or 4 tooth bridge mounted on two implants can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 (the average being $8,500).

A full set of upper and lower implant supported dentures ranges from $25,000 to $95,000 (average of $34,000), depending heavily on the condition of your gums, jaw bone and existing teeth (if any).

Multi Implant Cost
3-4 Tooth Bridge (Two Implants)$5000 to $15000 (avg. $8500)
2-6 Implants With Dental Bridge$3600 to $29000+
Top & Bottom Supported Dentures$25000 to $95000+ (avg. $34000)

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Cost of Implants Around the World

Some people opt to travel to foreign countries to take advantage of their cheaper prices for tooth implants. A few of the most popular destinations include Eastern Europe, India, Mexico and Thailand.

Dental Implant Cost by Country
United States$4000
UK$3500
Spain$2750
Italy$1800
Mexico$1600
Lithuania$1400
Romania$1250
Costa Rica$1000
Ecuador$1000
Turkey$1000
Hungary$900
Thailand$900
India$850
Croatia$850

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For more information on traveling for treatment, check out the Complete Guide to Dental Treatment Abroad which covers some of the most popular countries, the benefits & risks as well as interviews with dentists and patients.

If you receive a quote or see an advertised price that looks too good to be true, it most likely is. Safe, high quality and long lasting implants come at a price that depends on a variety of factors. Some or all of these factors may or may not be included in a particular estimate.

Visit our what people are paying page to find out what people like you have been quoted or paid recently to get dental implants. You might find an example of someone with a similar case or from your area!

Factors That Affect the Cost

  • Brand (manufacturer), material and type of post, abutment and crown
  • How many and what teeth need to be replaced
  • Number of implants needed to support the replacement teeth
  • Where you live (some cities are considerably more expensive)
  • The particular dentist/surgeon’s experience, specialty & popularity
  • How many professionals are involved in your case
  • Complexity of the surgery
  • Initial procedures such as CAD/CAM, x-rays and CT scans
  • Additional procedures (if required) such as sinus elevation and bone grafting

What Should Be Included in the Price?

When getting a quote, remember that the total fee should include the cost of the implant, abutment and the crown, bridge or dentures as well as the surgeries. There could be additional charges for certain scans and types of anesthetic.

Will My Insurance Pay for My Implants?

Unfortunately, many insurance plans cover 10% or less of the total cost of implants, but provide significantly more coverage for more traditional solutions such as dentures. This is often because most companies classify implants and a cosmetic procedure. Surgical costs can be covered by health insurance in some instances.

The first thing you should do is to check with your insurance company to see if implants are covered by your plan. If they aren’t, then you can talk with your dentist’s office to find out if they provide or can recommend other payment plans/options.

You can also ask if they’ll cover part of the cost equal to an alternative treatment that IS covered by your plan such as dentures or a bridge. Remember that your dentist is there for you and will help you in any way that they can and give you all the information you need so don’t be hesitant to ask.

That said, more and more insurance companies are starting to offer some coverage as they are realizing the long-term health benefits over other treatment options.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. It is inserted into the jaw to permanently or temporarily hold artificial teeth in place. It is typically made out of titanium which is biocompatible with the jaw bone.

Parts of a tooth implant

The direct fusing of bone and an implant is called osseointegration which is a special characteristic of titanium. When a tooth is lost, some bone that helped support the tooth is also lost. Dental implants help stabilize the jaw, preventing future bone loss and maintaining the jaw bone’s shape.

Implants are a convenient alternative to dentures because they never have to be taken out and they feel much more natural and comfortable. They are better than traditional bridges and crowns because they aren’t just cemented in place.

When mounted to implants, bridges and dentures won’t shift or slip in your mouth, which can make talking and eating easier and worry-free. This also avoids other common problems such as gagging, poor alignment and sore spots.

What Are the Benefits of Implants?

  • Permanent and durable
  • Natural and comfortable fit
  • Look and function more like regular teeth
  • Can be more cost effective over many years
  • Require less maintenance
  • Don’t require modifications to adjacent teeth
  • Prevent further bone loss and shifting of existing teeth
  • 95%+ success rates

There are many advantages to tooth implants. It is a permanent solution to tooth loss that is more durable and stable than alternatives such as conventional dentures, crowns or bridges which can make it easier to speak and eat. They also fit more comfortably and naturally and even look better cosmetically which can improve your self-esteem.

Convenience is another huge advantage as they do not need to be removed, cleaned or kept in place by messy adhesives. They also improve oral health by making it easier to clean between teeth and they do not require modifications to nearby healthy teeth in order to be installed.

What Are the Risks of Implant Surgery?

  • Major investment
  • Bone not accepting the implant
  • Pain, swelling and bleeding due to surgery
  • Nerve damage of adjacent muscles or sinus cavity
  • Infection due to breaks and looseness

The risks are minimal as problems and causes of failure are rare and are often easily treated. They include but are not limited to: the bone not integrating with the implant, bleeding, injury or numbness of the nearby muscles or sinus cavity due to nerve damage and the chance of infection if the implant breaks, the crown becomes loose or a lack of proper oral hygiene.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Your dentist will be able to determine if you are a candidate for implants after completing the following checks:

  • Examination of your mouth and teeth
  • Evaluation of your medical & dental histories
  • X-rays of your mouth
  • CT scan

These evaluations will tell the dentist how much bone you have in your jaw as well as the location and shape of your sinuses and nerves.

Good Candidates
To be a candidate for implants, one must have healthy gums and a strong jawbone with enough bone to fuse with and support the implant. However, some bone can be rebuilt via a bone graft if the patient has already last some bone in their jaw. It is also very important that the patient make a commitment to great oral hygiene (brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist).

Poor Candidates
There are a number of contraindications that may complicate or completely disqualify you from implant treatment, including chronic diseases, smoking heavily and alcohol abuse which all reduce the rate of healing and can significantly increase the chance of failure.

Patients who many not be good candidates for implants include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Heavy smokers
  • Alcohol or substance abusers
  • Young people whose jawbones are still growing
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Hemophilia
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Medicines that suppress the immune system such as steroids
  • Connective-tissue diseases
  • High-dose radiation treatment of the head or neck

NOTE:
Even if you have one or more of the conditions above, you may still be a candidate for implants. It highly depends on the recency and severity of the condition.

Will it Hurt?

The procedure itself is not painful because it is performed with either local or general (intravenous or inhaled) anesthesia to completely numb your mouth.

However, as with any invasive surgery, some bruising, swelling, bleeding and minor pain is to be expected afterwards during the healing process. The procedure typically involves removing teeth, cutting gums, drilling into jawbone and inserting an implant.

That said, patients are often surprised by how much less pain they experience compared to what they were expecting and say that the aching and soreness is roughly the same as that what is felt after getting a tooth pulled or root canal done.

For more about the pain to expect and how to relieve it: How Painful Are Dental Implants?

How Long Will it Take?

From start to finish, the traditional process of placing an implant typically takes 6 months for an implant in the upper jaw or 5 months in the lower jaw and requires 2 surgical procedures. However, if additional procedures such as bone grafts or sinus lifts are required to build up the bone and make the implant site viable, the process can take a year or more.

The timeline for the placement of an implant and crown depends on a number of factors and is different from patient to patient. A few of the factors that affect the treatment include: type of implant, implant placement technique, number and location of teeth being restored, condition of the jawbone and the patient’s medical and dental histories.

After an initial examination and consultation with your dentist or implant specialist, they will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that includes an estimated schedule and date for each step of the process.

Click here for a detailed procedure timeline

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Success rates depend on a number of factors including the size and strength of the jaw bone and where in the jaw the implant is placed, but overall they are well above 90% (up to 98% if they are properly cared for) and are always improving.

More specifically, the success rate is around 90% for the upper jaw and 95% for lower jaw implants. This is because the bone in the upper jaw is less dense than the lower jaw which makes successful osseointegration more difficult.

It is very important to note that these numbers only include patients who were thoroughly assessed and approved for implants by a dentist since they had sufficient bone density and were good dental health. There is a chance of failure even when conditions are ideal.

The success and longevity also depends heavily on the skills of the surgeon and the amount of experience they have with the specific procedure(s) you need, so it’s important to determine how many and how frequently/recent they’ve done the procedure(s). In addition, routine visits to the dentist and dedicated, comprehensive oral hygiene are both required to maintain implants in the long term (no more skipping brushing your teeth now and then).

Dental Implant Procedure Overview

Evaluation & Preparation
Before the surgery can take place, meticulous planning must be completed by your to identify and analyze nerves, the sinus and the shape and dimensions of the bone in and around the area of interest.

During the preliminary examination, your dentist or specialist (prosthodontist) will take x-rays and CT scans of your jaw to analyze your bone structure to determine bone health, height and thickness. Specific attention is paid to the area that requires a dental implant. Your teeth and gums will be examined for disease and decay and treated prior to the procedure.

Surgery
Getting implants is an outpatient procedure and can be performed at your local dentist’s office. The operation requires some form of anesthesia including local, general, intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide. Dentists, periodontists and oral surgeons can all perform the surgery. Here is how to find a dentist you can trust.

The surgery is normally done in several stages:

1) Implant Placed
In the first stage, incisions are made into the gum to expose the bone. A hole is then drilled into the bone so that the implant can be placed. The implant is inserted completely into the jaw bone and lies below the gum tissue (see image above).

2) Healing (osseointegration)
The tissue is then stitched back into place or a temporary covering is used protect the gap from forces such as chewing. As the surrounding bone and gum tissues heal, the implant bonds itself to the bone. The healing process typically takes 3-6 months.

3) Abutment & Temporary Crown Installed
Once the osseointegration is complete, you have to go back to get the abutment installed. The abutment is a post that penetrates through the gums and connects the replacement tooth (or crown) to the implant. The gums above the implant are reopened to install the abutment.

This is another outpatient surgery and requires only local anesthesia. Once it is successfully placed, the gum is then closed up around but not over the abutment.

In some cases, it is possible to install both the implant and the abutment during the same surgery since research has shown that doing so has no detrimental effects as long as adequate time is given for everything to heal. In this case, it is important to note that the post will be visible and care must be taken not to apply any pressure to it during the healing process. It takes about 2 weeks for your gums to heal before you can finish the procedure.

4) Placement of the Permanent Crown, Bridge or Denture
Next the artificial tooth is made from impressions of your teeth and a model of your bite to ensure that it fits in naturally. Then it is attached to the abutment (it can take several appointments to get the fit right).

A removable prosthesis (denture or bridge) is often used if you had more than one tooth replaced. It is more affordable then implanting each tooth separately as it only takes one implant on either side to span an area and hold several artificial teeth in place.

For a more detailed description, please see our complete guide to dental implant surgery.

Summary

While losing a tooth can be stressful – remember that there are a number of options available to you, including dental implants. It might seem scary when reading about it, but there is minimal pain, risk and discomfort and the results are lasting and natural looking. Talk to your dentist about implants if you think they might be the solution for you.

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89 thoughts on “Complete Dental Implant Cost Guide

  1. Two year ago I went to Universal Dental Implant In Fort Lee New Jersey and I paid $3.500
    for two implants which included bone graft. I’m planing to go back soon. I call them and they
    told me that the price want up to $1,500 for one implant and $1,100 for bone graft.

  2. Same story here. I’m 33 and have had roughly 50k worth of work done over the past 15 years. Had all my teeth crowned at age 20. Numerous root canals, etc etc. Had my first check up in 2 years this morning. Need 2 teeth pulled, implants put in. 1 is highly infected, the crown fell off the other one a year ago. Also need 6 crowns replaced. My insurance sucks and I just can’t and won’t endure anymore work or pain. I want to have them all pulled and do the All on 4 procedure. $40-60k is absolutely not an option. I wouldn’t pay that kind of money even if I had it (which I don’t). I do not like the idea of leaving the country or being a guinea pig for some dentist student. I’m in Denver. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Or definitely more info on the alternatives everyone talks about here. I’m certainty not going to just head over to Mexico or Egypt and have all my teeth yanked out. Sorry for the frustrated tone. I’m just livid that the crowns were supposed to eliminate any further issues with my genetically bad teeth and that obviously didn’t happen. Too much trauma I’ve been through now. I can barely even sit through a cleaning.

  3. Thank you for the educational information on this site! I understand dental implants much more now, than I did before visiting this site. It’s also helpful to read the comments that have been left. These comments prompt a great deal of thinking and research for anyone considering dental implants and where to have these procedures done. It’s great to have some dental implant specialists leaving comments here as well. I’m interested to know if any of these dentists have suggestions on how to research/what questions to ask a dental implant specialist in order to find a reputable dentist/clinic, especially in a foreign country. Thanks again for the info!

  4. When all my adult teeth came through, I didn’t have my two teeth beside my front ones come in. I take very good care of my teeth. I floss and brush every day. I believe your teeth reflect how well you take care of your body. When I went into the dentist to see how much it would cost to have my two missing teeth placed in, he said it would be about 8,000$ for both. Benefits won’t cover it because it is known as a cosmetic procedure. All I want to do is be able to smile with my teeth and feel comfortable. My teeth aren’t missing because of neglectance, I just was simply born without them. Its so sad that its unaffordable for someone like me as well as myself to have the procedure done and feel confident in their smile.

  5. I highly recommend Dr. Marco Cavallini in San Jose, Costa Rica. I’ve had 5 implants put in along with 25 crowns. He really did a wonderful job! All total, I spent $8000 for everything compared to $28000 I was quoted in Texas.

  6. I had both top and bottom implants done in Budapest for 500 Euro per implant (4 each jaw) then about 2050 Euro per denture fitted to a bar supported by each set of 4 implants. The dentures fit so tight I have a tough time removing them to clean, but I do that every evening and am getting used to it. They clip on to the bar so tight it takes both hands to remove them. But they are solid during eating. I can chew practically anything now. In other words I went from no teeth (Dentures) to top and bottom Dentures supported by implants for about 8100 Euros plus airfare (3 trips) and lodging over a 18 month period. I was quoted $45,000 in the US for similar. Total cost in Budapest was about $14000 US.

  7. 2 months ago i went to the dentist and they told me that i had to have 4 root canals, now mind you my front tooth was already rotten by the gold, an i had already lost the other tooth from the gold. I only had 10 teeth at the top to begin with.
    The root canals were to suppose to have been in the front, which i stated that one of the front was already 1/2 tooth, so what were they trying to save?. I called Dr. Thad Taylor (Oral Surgeon / Maxillofacial) IV specialist in D.F.W. (Dallas / Fort Worth) area, he pulled all 10 on my teeth at one time and i paid $900, that included everything as well as the IV sedation, …the good part is he prescribed me pain medication, but i never needed it. I will be going to him to get the implants, once i can get my nerves up and get my money together.
    I will only get the first 6 in the front, and i can do a bridge from there. The front teeth are the ones you show the most, so i really don’t think it is really necessary to get implants through out the mouth.

  8. I just scheduled my implant procedure for Aug 26th, 2015! I currently have both upper and lower dentures and have had them for about 5 years. They looked great at first but in the past 5 yrs my bone has deteriorated substantially. Now I have very little upper lip support and it looks funny. I have that sunken in mouth look like you see with 80 yr old people that have dentures. I’m only 38.
    My lower denture doesn’t fit at all anymore and I have to remove it to eat.
    My plan: New set of full dentures on top. Not enough bone left for implants but he promised he can make a really nice set that I will love that provides more lip support. He said I will need to do a bone graft down the road and implants.
    I’m getting 4 implants on the lower with a denture that will click in place to the abutments.
    Cost for both dentures, 4 implants bottom, surgery, xrays, etc. total $12,243

  9. For those considering implants, specifically single implants, I would highly recommend you investigate a University dental college for the work. I’ve had 5 individual implants done. Basically my lower molars on both sides of the jaw had failed over time (I’m 60 years old now). The reason for failure was a common enough one for my age cohort. I had large fillings, one’s that had been in place since my early adult years. These fillings, over time, came to act like a wedge driving down into and fracturing the tooth. This took many years but the end result was tooth failure. By the way symptoms of this, over the latter series of years (late 40’s) is a sharp, bright, pain that sometimes would occur when I’d bite down on something like an apple, etc. Hindsight revealed the sharp pain was the results of micro-fracturing of the tooth ahead of the “main event.” Dentists could never find the cause until…viola…a cusp of the tooth would shear off. I lived with the results for a time then decided, in my mid-50’s, to investigate a University dental college.

    I live in the NYC area so went to Columbia University School of Dentistry. It turned out to be an outstanding decision. I was loathed to get bridges due to not wanting to grind down perfectly functional teeth to accommodate it. So I went with single tooth implants. Yes you get served by newly experienced dentists, but I was managed by a team of “newbies” who had an attending that was my age and (obviously) experienced. All of the students were in their doctorate or post doc phase; sharp and on the ball. It took about a year to accomplish all the work (don’t believe the commercial hype about them getting you “in and out all done in a DAY” white brandy new pearly white stuff…that’s bullsh…..), and the price was about average to below what commercial costs would be, though I had to pay up front and work the details with my insurance separately (theCollege would have taken Medicare, though). I must say the end results, the better part of 5 years later, has been outstanding. It’s as if they were my own teeth. My joke is when I die I’ll will my head to the college so it can end up on the desk of some dental professor to use as an example of how things were done before the development of new techniques (maybe genetically engineered new teeth and such). Heh!

    So my advice would be to investigate a dental college if a reputable one is nearby. You can get quality service and have a sense of gratification that you helped the next generation of dentists (and such) refine their skill set.

    Just some thoughts.

    John~
    American Net’Zen

  10. Hello,

    I just had 11 extractions and 10 implants put in today as a matter of fact it was done at 11am and is now 5:30 the work was done at montifore hosptial in the Bronx ny it is a teaching hospital the price for the full lower including temporary theeth 21k. That’s 10 implants and 14 theeth when all said and done. So far so good

  11. Hello,

    I just got back from India vacation and i got the one Tooth Implant done. I am very happy about this decision. Two of my cousins are Professor they performed this procedure. I choose the best Implant Nobel Bio Active that can be loaded immediately depend on case by case.
    Here is some ball park amount that i spend.
    1. I did the best x ray CBCT scan – Rs 2000 K ($35 USD).
    2. Extraction, Implant surgery, Implant Placement, Implant Device Nobel Active Rs 30000 ($500 USD).
    3. I did Bone Grafting Rs 5000 ($85 USD)
    4. For now i have bonded crown when i go next time i will get the best permanent crown for under $200. I do not wanted to take chance to put the permanent crown because of my bone stability issue. I wanted let the bone and tissue age it for some time.

    I am very happy that i got this done. The my Dentist here in USA gave me an estimate of $3.5K i got this done around $600-$700.

    All went well

  12. I have 4 implants that I got 13 years ago. The dentist who did the work, well lets just say he did a poor job. The implant are not straight and one is in my sinus and he even put one in my pallet. The onein my pallet can’t even be used. Fast forward 13 years. I now have a terminal genetic live disease and a compromised immune system. I have almost a constant sinus infection and can’t seem to shake it. I went to an ENT and he did a CT scan and saw the implant in my sinus and swollen tissue not to far from where the implant is. He thinks the cause of the infections is because of the implant. I went to an oral surgeon and he does not think the implant is the problem but does not have any idea what my problem is. The ENT and oral surgeon are good friends and the oral surgeon is the one who put the implants in to start with. So they want to remove the implant to see if this takes care of the infection. Mean while this will destabilize my denture and by the time Im done getting implant removed and anougher one put in it will cost $7000 to $9000 dollars, and there is no guarantee it will fix anything. Is there a way to find out if this is really the problem. Maybe cutting a small whole in the sinus cavity and look with a scope to see if this is truly the origin of the infection. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

    • Go to another oral surgeon preferably out of your state for a second opinion. DO NOT TRUST those you’ve been dealing with!!
      I tell you this, from experience.

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