Dental implants are the best solution available for missing teeth, but more than any other question about the procedure, the top concern for many of our patients is, “How much do dental implants cost?” We think dental implants are an investment worth making, but we also understand that it’s important to know the costs involved before making a commitment. Below, we answer some of the commonly asked questions relating to the cost of dental implants on Long Island.
What do dental implants cost on Long Island?
The cost of dental implants on Long Island can range anywhere from $3000 to $4500 for a single-tooth dental implant. This cost includes the dental implant itself, the crown that replaces your missing tooth, and the abutment that connects the two.
Of course, the actual cost of dental implants is a bit more complicated because there are a number of different dental implant restorations and every patient has their own unique needs. The best way to know how much you can expect to pay for dental implants is to schedule a consultation. Factors that have an impact on the price of dental implants on Long Island include the number of teeth being restored, the type of dental implant restoration, and the material used to make the restoration. If you need procedures like tooth extractions or bone grafts prior to dental implant surgery, this increases your total costs as well.
Why are dental implants so expensive?
It’s easy to compare the price of dental implants with that of bridges or dentures and wonder why dental implants cost so much more. The answer is because bridges and dentures only replace the visible portion of a missing tooth, while dental implants address tooth loss both above and below the gum line. This means that dental implants require a surgical procedure to place, advanced biocompatible materials, and more appointments and planning—and costs increase accordingly. That said, dental implants are a restoration that can last a lifetime, so the added expense is worth it.
Is there a less expensive alternative to dental implants?
There’s no alternative to dental implants that accomplishes what dental implants do—replacing teeth both above and below the gum line. Dentures and bridges replace most of the function of your natural teeth and they improve the appearance of your smile, but they don’t prevent bone loss in the jaw.
Does insurance pay for dental implants?
It’s becoming more common for dental insurance providers to cover at least some of the cost of dental implants, but it’s not standard practice. Your insurance company may pay for the restorations that attach to your dental implants, but not the implants themselves, or they might only pay for implants if you’ve already experienced bone loss in the jaw. Health insurance also provides coverage in certain circumstances, as when tooth loss occurs due to an accident or oral cancer.
Are dental implants worth it?
Yes, dental implants are worth it—patients are overwhelmingly thrilled with the results! Dental implants function, feel, and look the most like natural teeth. By preventing and reversing bone loss in the jaw, you’ll have a stronger bite, a more stable base for your restoration, and even a more youthful appearance with dental implants.