Perhaps the biggest barrier standing in the way of people getting the tooth replacement treatment that they need is the price tag. In particular, dental implant costs. Are they expensive? Will your insurance pay for it? How much do they cost compared to other alternatives?

There’s more to consider than you might have thought! Here are some of the major variables you’ll need to keep in mind when it comes to how much dental implants cost.

The Number of Implants You Need: Did you know that you don’t need an individual implant for each specific tooth that is missing? One of the biggest misconceptions about dental implant costs is that you’ll have to pay for an implant to go into each location where a tooth once stood. Not so. Implants are often used in pairs to support longer, multi-tooth restorations.

The Type of Implants You’re Getting: There are two types of implants: traditional and mini. Both cost different amounts (which will vary, depending on cost of living in your area.)

our Dental Implant Restorations: An implant is just the artificial “root” that’s set into the bone. It does not include the visible “tooth” portion that rests above your gumlines. You’ll be able to select a restoration — such as a crown, bridge, or denture — to anchor in place after your implant surgery is complete. The type you choose will play into your overall dental implant cost.

Adjudicative Procedures: Bone grafts, sinus lifts, dental extractions, and sedation dentistry are just a few of the procedures that may also need to be performed alongside of your dental implant procedure. When adding in time off of work, your total dental implant cost may actually be “more” than the dollar amount for the implant itself.

Insurance and Financing: Your implant provider works hard to make treatment as affordable as possible. Working closely with your insurance carrier and offering flexible monthly financing can make the investment of getting implants worth it.

For a detailed outline and price estimate, see an implant dentist for a customized treatment plan.