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How much does a dental plant cost?

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For a basic dental plant, you would need from $1,500 to $3,000 each. However, this may depend on the location of the tooth being implanted, as well as whether that portion of your mouth may need additional work such as gum or bone restoration. In cases where additional complicated dental work is required, the cost may rise to as high as $15,000 to $30,000. And mind you, this is usually not covered by your standard dental insurance product.

As a background, a dental implant is a dental process where, in place of dentures, an "actual" tooth is implanted into the bone of the jaw to simulate a real tooth. When the post is in place, it is covered by a crown to make the implant look more natural. The process of having a dental implant will take long - from the start of the implantation to recovery from the surgery, as well as to the constant need to replace the crown throughout one's lifetime.

You may be wondering why a dental plant costs an arm and a leg. This is because the cost may include:

  • The basic implant.
  • Payment with regards to the complexity of the implant to be made.
  • A post or screw that may need to be implanted in the jaw bone.
  • Additional services such as dental extractions and bone grafting.
  • The crown that is installed on the implant. Basic quotes do not include this and this may fetch an additional cost from $1,000 upwards.
  • The materials being used. Of course, when you opt for titanium posts, you should also expect higher fees involved. The process may also need additional bone material, if there is existing damage to the structure of the jaw.
  • The need for additional dental consultations and x-rays.

If you do decide to get implants, be sure to consult with your dentist about the cost beforehand. Ask your dentist about the materials or services involved, as well as whether follow up consultations are included. That way, there will be no unpleasant surprises with regards to how much you really need to pay. Be sure to get the quote on paper.

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