Dental implants are the highest quality tooth replacement option. They look and function as closely as possible to a natural tooth. But quality comes at a cost, which is why dental implants do cost more than other tooth replacement options.
If you’re considering dental implants, you may want to know what you can expect to pay for them in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Here’s the average cost range and what factors into the cost to help you make the best decision for your dental needs.
What Are Dental Implants?
To understand the cost of dental implants it helps to understand what they are and how they work. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is surgically placed in the bone of the jaw. It works as a substitute for the natural root, fusing with the bone to form a solid bond that can last a lifetime. An artificial tooth is attached to the implant to complete the restoration. Multiple dental implants can be placed in the jaw to support a dental bridge or a complete set of dentures.
Average Cost of Dental Implants
A single dental implant can range in cost from $2,000 to $5,000 on average. There are many factors that affect the actual cost of a dental implant for an individual, which is why there is a wide price range. Some patients may be quoted a price on the lower end of the range, and some on the higher or even above the high end. What makes the difference?
Factors That Affect the Cost of Dental Implants
The following factors have the greatest impact on on the cost of dental implants:
- Quality of materials. Most dental implants are made of titanium, but the prosthetics that are attached to the implant may vary in type of material. From porcelain to metal, the quality of the materials will affect the cost of a dental implant restoration.
- Number of implants. The cost of dental implants is on a per-implant basis. This means that the more implants you need, the higher the cost of your complete restoration. So whether you are replacing a single tooth with a crown, a few teeth with a bridge, or all of the teeth with dentures, your estimate will reflect that.
- Type of prosthetic. The type of prosthetic you’re getting to replace your teeth will affect the cost. A single crown will cost less than a full set of dentures, but implant supported dentures may cost less than replacing multiple teeth with individual implants and crowns.
- Your oral health. The current state of your oral health may affect your eligibility for dental implants. For example, if gum disease is present it will need to be treated before a dental implant can be placed. If your teeth have been displaced for a while, the bone in your jaw may have weakened and thinned too much to support an implant. A bone graft procedure may be required to prepare the jaw for a dental implant. Additional procedures will add to the total cost of the restoration process.
- Location of the dental practice. Geographic location and cost of living in the area will affect everything from the price of groceries to dental services. The cost of dental implants in a highly populated area may be higher than in a small town.
- Qualifications and experience of your dentist. Dentists work hard to earn their degrees and establish their reputation in the community. An experienced, highly qualified dentist may have higher prices for dental implants. But with the cost comes the assurance that your dental implant will be placed accurately.
How Do I Get a Dental Implant Quote?
Doctors Lake Family Dental provides dental implants in the Jacksonville, Florida area. After a brief evaluation, we can provide you with an estimate for the cost of a dental implant restoration. We take everything into consideration when it comes to making a recommendation for your dental health, including your budget and personal preferences.