How Much are Dental Implants?
The cost of dental implants prevents many people from selecting them as a treatment option to replace missing or decayed teeth. Dentures are more affordable, even though dental implants may be more comfortable. But how much do dental implants cost without dental insurance vs. with a 1Dental dental savings plan? You’ll be surprised at how much you can save.
Tooth Implant Cost Comparison: No Dental Insurance vs. Dental Savings Plans
The cost of multiple and single dental implants depends on a few factors:
1. Location of the dental implant in the mouth (anterior, posterior)
2. Where you live (prices vary by state)
3. How many implants are needed (do you need a single implant or multiple dental implants?)
4. Type of implant you choose or your dentist recommends.
We make it easy by showing you a cost comparison of anything you might need for a dental implant procedure (single tooth extractions, dental implants, bridges and crowns) without dental insurance vs. using 1Dental’s Care 500 Series Plan. Learn more about the best savings at general dentists and see exact pricing in your area with the Care 500 Series Plan. Or see the best savings at specialists with the Dental Access Plan (powered by the Aetna Dental Access network).
Since many implants require a specialist called a prosthodontist, the Dental Access Plan (powered by the Aetna Dental Access network) can often provide higher savings. Savings vary by dentist, but range from 15-50% whether you see a General dentist or specialist. This quickly adds up to thousands of dollars in savings and is a simple addition to the Care 500 Series Plan.
What Is the Dental Implants Process
There are many moving parts involved with dental implants, and it typically takes about five months to complete the implant in the lower jaw and six months to complete one in the upper jaw. Below you can see what’s needed for the dental implant and a brief overview of how the process works.
Before any work can be done, you’ll need to visit a prosthodontist or a general dentist with training in placement and restoration of dental implants. A comprehensive examination will need to be conducted first. This examination will help your dentist determine what needs to be done during surgery.
If there are any decaying teeth that need to be removed, this step will come first. Your general dentist should be able to perform this task.
Dental Implant Placement
Once there is enough bone to hold the implant (bone grafting may be needed), the first procedure will be scheduled so your dentist or prosthodontist can place the implant in your upper or lower jaw bone.
Placement of Healing Collar
After the implants are fused with the bone, the second surgery will be scheduled. During this second surgery, your surgeon or dentist will check the implant and then place a healing collar on the top of the implant. Once the tissue heals around this collar, the collar is removed and the abutment and a temporary crown is screwed into the implant.
When the temporary crown has been in place for four to six weeks, your dentist will have you come in to get the permanent crown put on – which has been at the lab being made.
Who Can Pull My Tooth?
A general dentist or an oral surgeon can pull your tooth. Both have experience with extractions. Some will argue oral surgeons are better for this treatment. It all depends on the dentist. For complicated tooth extractions, an oral surgeon may be better suited to handle the treatment. Just remember extractions at a general dentist near you will cost less than an extraction at an oral surgeon, but it may be worth the extra cost and require fewer trips since they generally don’t service as many patients as a general dentist.
Need an Oral Surgeon?
With the Careington Care 500 plan mentioned above, you will receive 20% discount at an oral surgeon near you when you use the plan at an in-network provider. However, with the Dental Access dental savings plan, powered by the Aetna Dental Access Network, you’ll save 15-50% at an in-network oral surgeon. Give us a call at 855-927-4406 to learn more.
Could I Pull My Own Tooth?
At-home tooth extractions are highly discouraged. Regardless of its affordability, pulling your own tooth without proper training and tools can be very dangerous for you. It can end up causing you more pain and more expense in the long run, especially if you contract an infection from the extraction or break the tooth in the process.
There are affordable alternatives to dental insurance that can save you money on a tooth extraction at the dental office, as mentioned above.
Why Do I Need My Tooth Pulled?
Dentists recommend tooth extractions for several reasons:
Severe Pain – If you’re in severe pain, pulling a tooth may be the simplest, cheapest and quickest way to find tooth relief.
Unrepairable – Your dentist may also recommend extraction if a damaged tooth cannot be fixed, or if fixing it is impractical (e.g. if it’s extensively decayed below the gumline).
Impacted Tooth – Impacted teeth can have a negative effect on your overall oral health if not extracted in a timely fashion.
Overcrowded Teeth – Teeth that are extremely overcrowded can affect your ability to bite and chew properly.
While implants provide a good long-term solution, they can be very involved and costly. The Care 500 Series Plan offers 20% off at specialists immediately, but the Dental Access plan gives 15-50% savings per visit, including implants and additional procedures.
Summary: Why is the Preferred Plan our best selling plan for implants?
- Best savings at general dentists AND specialists
- Exact procedure prices online with Care 500 Series
- Largest list of dentists with Dental Access
- Millions of members, in business since 1979
- Plan priced at an everyday low price, starting $169 a year
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional dental advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist with any questions you may have regarding your oral health.