Cost of Dental Implants in Missouri City, TX

Implant costs can vary depending on the complexity of the case, treatment options, and insurance coverage. We have noticed an increasing number of insurance companies have started to cover implants. Knowing this, the cost of tooth implants can vary across the industry from $750 to $2,000 or greater. Variables that need to be accounted for including the fees of the individual dentist, the additional cost of the restoration being placed on top of the implant, whether any bone augmentation or preservation is needed, and insurance coverage.

When looking at the cost of an implant, a patient must first understand that there are at least three components to a dental implant (Implant, Abutment, and Crown), however, depending on the complexity of the case, there can be many more components. Below are some procedures that can influence the overall cost of an implant restoration.

  1. Implant: The implant is the component that actually acts as the root replacement for the missing tooth.
  2. Abutment: The abutment is the portion that attaches to the implant and acts as a post out of the implant for the crown to attach to.
  3. Crown or Bridge
  4. Surgical Guides: In some cases, a guide is used to aid the dentist in placing the implant in a precise location.
  5. Temporary components: Temporary crowns, abutments, dentures, etc.
  6. Denture
  7. Bone grafting for preservation
  8. Bone grafting for augmentation
  9. Gum grafting

As you can see, there are many variables when restoring a tooth with implants. When an office advertises that they do implants for “$X”, that may just be the cost of placing the implant in the bone. It is important for patients to know what the total cost will be when the process is completed, not just the cost of the implant.

Estimated Average Cost Range in dental industry (without insurance):

  1. Implant: $750-$2,500
  2. Stock Abutment: $400-$1,000
  3. Custom Abutment: $600-$1,500
  4. Crown.: $1500
  5. Denture: $1,000-$3000
  6. Simple Bone Graft: $200-$1,200
  7. Complex Bone Graft: $2,000-$3,000
  8. Surgical Guide: $200-$1,000

Cost Variables:

  1. Type of abutment (custom vs. stock). Custom abutments are typically preferred due to the ability to customize a tooth to ideal dimensions and contours. Custom abutments are made in the dental laboratory and are specific to the individual patient. A stock abutment has pre-measured dimensions created by the manufacturer. These can sometimes be used in an ideal situation and can also lead to a lesser cost. If used inappropriately, stock abutments can lead to more food trapping underneath the crown, less than ideal esthetics, and less than ideal form and function of the final restoration.
  2. Number of implants. Depending on how many teeth are missing, the cost can vary. An implant bridge usually uses two implants to replace three teeth. An implant overdenture is a denture that either snaps onto implants or is screwed into implants. An implant overdenture will use as few as two implants to replace all of the teeth in an arch. More implants for a denture typically lead to a more predictable result. We are happy to review the risks and benefits of having additional implants to help retain a denture.
  3. Need for a temporary crown, bridge, or denture. It is often necessary to wait for 3-6 months before the final restoration can be placed in order to allow the bone to integrate with the implant. In the meantime, the patient is left without a tooth. If the implant is being placed in a location within the visible smile, it is important to have a temporary crown for cosmetic reasons. Temporary restorations are not typically needed in the back of the mouth. Temporary restorations are also important in preparing the gum tissue for the best possible final restoration. These temporary restorations give the patient a preview of what the final restoration will look like and adjustments can be made at this stage; his is especially important when communicating what we want the final restoration to look like to the laboratory. Taking these extra steps will often lead to a superior and more esthetic restoration.
  4. Need for bone grafting. Bone grafting is a very important component of implants. Without the correct volume of bone, implants cannot be placed. There are different types of bone grafting. Bone grafts can be taken from a different part of the mouth, can be sterile bone from a different source, or can be synthetic bone.
    • Grafting for bone preservation: When a tooth is removed, a space is left where the root of the tooth used to be. If this space is left empty, a large amount of bone loss may occur making it difficult to place an implant. Bone grafts placed in these spaces to allow the patient to maintain the appropriate volume of bone for implant placement.
    • Grafting to add bone: When there is insufficient bone to place an implant, bone grafts can be used to augment the bone. This will allow a sufficient volume of bone to act as the foundation for implant placement.

    Consequences of Bone Loss

    Bone Graft (Socket Preservation)

  5. Need for gum grafting. In cases where there are thin or receded gums, a gum graft can help position the gum levels in the ideal position and to the ideal thickness for the most esthetic result.
  6. Need for a surgical guide. In certain cases such as implants in the front of the mouth or placing of multiple implants, a surgical guide that is placed over the teeth is used to place the implant in a precise location.

Insurance Coverage

  1. Implants: This will vary depending on the insurance company. Typically 50% coverage is considered standard
  2. Abutments: This will vary depending on the insurance company. Typically 50% coverage is considered standard
  3. Crowns: This will vary depending on the insurance company. Typically 50% coverage is considered standard
  4. Dentures: This will vary depending on the insurance company. Typically 50 % coverage is considered standard
  5. Bone grafting: This procedure is typically not covered by insurance and the cost will depend on the complexity of the procedure.
  6. Gum grafting: This procedure is typically not covered by insurance.
  7. Surgical Guides: This procedure is typically not covered by insurance.

Financing Options

  1. Care Credit: Care Credit is a third party financing company we use in our office to help patients with dental costs. We offer various financing options including 0% for 6 months
  2. Phasing Treatment: With extensive treatment plans, treatment can sometimes be phased over the span of several years to help patients absorb the cost of complex treatment and to help maximize the insurance benefits that the patient has. Treatment can be prioritized and sequenced in a way that will help patients receive the treatment they need without having to pay everything at once.
  3. Discounts for paying everything up front. If treatment is paid up front, we offer a 5% discount.
  4. ½ initial, ¼ half way through, ¼ next to last appt. With extensive dental treatment, patients also have the option of paying ½ initial payment, ¼ half way through the treatment, and ¼ at the next to last appointment
  5. We accept all major credit cards

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