Anyone who has ever lost or damaged a tooth knows how much it can impact not just on your health and wellbeing but also on your confidence. You feel like it’s all that anyone can see when you smile or laugh, and it can really affect your self-esteem. With the huge advances made in dental technology, permanently replacing a tooth with a dental implant is an excellent option. But just what is the cost of a dental implant?

Before dental implants, cost of dental implants

BEFORE New Teeth On 4 Dental Implants

AFTER New Teeth On 4 Dental Implants

Cost of a Dental Implant

Dental implants can cost anywhere from $3,000 up to $85,000 depending on how many implants are required and the complexity of the treatment. It is difficult to give a more precise cost because each procedure is unique to the patient and their individual situation. Each procedure can vary enormously. The cost of a single dental implant depends upon a number of factors including how damaged the jawbone is, the customised recommended treatment, and if more than one implant is required. That’s why the diagnostic consultation is so important to thoroughly assess what can be done, recommended treatment options and of course the associated costs.

Cost-effective Benefits

The good news is that dental implants are considered to be a permanent tooth replacement option and therefore can be more cost-effective than alternative options such as bridges or dentures. They are the closest thing available to a natural tooth, and the technology and mimicry of a natural tooth are excellent. This can have a huge impact on your confidence, self-esteem and quality of life, not to mention the ease of general upkeep and your ability to eat anything you like. Even the titanium screws which are implanted into the jawbone to function as a root or post enhances their authenticity far more than a bridge or denture. And bridges may need to be replaced or repaired every five years or so, while dentures also require replacement after several years due to natural wear and tear.

So, while the initial investment in a dental implant can be considerable, it is worth considering the many benefits that this permanent tooth replacement option can provide, including cost savings in the long run.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, please contact us on (09) 837-2598 or email Dr Alex McIntosh has over 37 years’ experience in implant dentistry. He is one of New Zealand’s most experienced Dental Implant Surgeons in this field in advanced complex cases – both surgical and restorative – as acknowledged by the NZ Dental Council.