Dental implants are the best option available when it comes to replacing missing teeth, but even with all of their benefits, the cost is a significant concern for most patients. While the only way to know how much dental implants cost in Ohio is to get an in-person evaluation and estimate from a dentist, we answer some of the most common questions relating to the cost of dental implants below.
What do dental implants cost in Ohio?
If you need a single-tooth dental implant in Ohio, you can expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $4,500, which includes the dental implant itself (the screw or post that is implanted into the jaw), the crown that replaces your missing tooth above the gum line, and the abutment piece that connects the two.
While pricing for single-tooth dental implants is fairly straightforward, it becomes more complicated for other types of restorations. The cost depends on the type of restoration you’re receiving, the number of teeth being replaced, and the material being used to fabricate the restoration. If you need to have teeth extracted or bone grafting before dental implant surgery, this impacts your total costs as well.
We value transparency and openness with our patients, which is why we encourage you to schedule a consultation so we can provide you with a more accurate estimate of what your costs will be for your unique needs.
Why are dental implants so expensive?
When patients compare implant-supported restorations to traditional bridges or dentures, they often wonder why dental implants cost so much more. The answer is simple—dental implants address tooth loss above and below the gum line, while bridges and dentures only replace the visible portion of a missing tooth.
Because dental implants replace the roots of your teeth, a surgical procedure is needed to implant them into your jaw. This is the primary reason why dental implants cost more—instead of just paying for prosthetic teeth, you’re paying for prosthetic teeth plus biocompatible implants, surgery, and the additional imaging, follow up appointments, and planning needed. The result of these added costs is a permanent restoration that can potentially last a lifetime.
Is there a less expensive alternative to dental implants?
There’s no other restoration option like dental implants. The alternatives—dental bridges and dentures—can improve the appearance of your smile and restore much of the function of your missing teeth, but they don’t address the consequences of tooth loss below the gum line. Your jawbone will continue to break down with dentures and bridges and these solutions don’t have the stability and natural feel of implant-supported restorations.
Does insurance pay for dental implants?
It’s becoming more common for dental insurance companies to cover some of the costs of dental implants, but it’s still not standard practice. It’s important to check with your insurance provider to understand their coverage. Some plans won’t cover dental implants for teeth lost before you were insured, while others might cover the restorations that attach to your implants, but not the implants themselves. When tooth loss was caused by an accident, oral cancer, or radiation treatments, your dental implants may be covered by your health insurance.
Are dental implants worth it?
Yes, dental implants are worth it—there’s no other solution that feels, looks, and functions so much like natural teeth. Dental implants are essential for preserving the bone density in your jaw, which means you’ll have a stronger bite, a more stable restoration, and even a more youthful appearance.