Dental Implants Cost & Insurance: Single & Full Mouth

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Table of Contents

  1. Single Implant vs. Full Denture
  2. Dental Implant Insurance Coverage
  3. What Are Dental Implants
  4. Are Dental Implants Necessary
  5. Additions to the Final Cost
  6. Dental Implants vs. Other Options

Dental implants are usually at least partially covered by dental insurance. This is because they are often viewed as medically necessary since they can reduce bone loss and other health problems.

Insurance Should Cover Part of Your Dental Implant Procedure

Each implant is a little bit different, so the cost can vary. Since implants are most often used for medically necessary reasons, your dental insurance should cover part of the cost.

Even with insurance coverage, the upfront cost can appear prohibitive. The full cost of replacing one tooth, including the crown, the dental implant, associated checkups, and surgical costs, can range from $3,000 to $4,500. A full set of permanent, fixed dentures can cost between $20,000 to $45,000.

Dental insurance may cover 50% to 80% of the cost of a dental implant and replacement tooth, depending on the plan you have. If your plan covers 50% of the total price of a $4,000 surgery, your out-of-pocket cost could be $2,000. If your plan covers 80% of the cost of a $4,000 surgery, your out-of-pocket cost could be $800.

Covering half the cost of a major procedure like this is common, and that half tends to cover x-rays, consultations, bone grafts, and anesthesia, along with the implant itself. It’s critical to contact your insurance company before the procedure starts to understand what the plan will cover and how much you’re expected to pay.

Dental Implants vs. Other Options

Dental implants are just one option available for missing or damaged teeth. You could also try dental bridges or dentures. This table can help you understand the pros and cons of each option:


What Are They?


Average Device Lifespan

Who Are They Designed For?

Dental Implants

Devices screwed into your gums and jawbone

$3,000-$4,500 (per tooth)


People missing just one or two teeth

Dental Bridges

Devices that snap onto your existing teeth to replace a few that are missing


5-10 years

People missing a few teeth who can’t afford dental implants


Trays that sit on your gums, replacing all of your teeth


10 years

People who have lost all of their teeth and don’t mind the discomfort of trays

As this table makes clear, dental implants come with high upfront costs. Unlike the other options we’ve discussed, implants must be placed surgically, which can raise costs dramatically. If you must replace more than one tooth, the fees can be extensive. 

However, dental implants are often worth their initial investment. Dental implants are one of the best options to restore your smile, especially if you are missing teeth or will need to have a tooth removed. They do not click, and once your jaw and gums have healed, they do not hurt or cause a lisp.

They have health benefits for your gums and jawbone that other dental devices do not offer. They can last for decades with proper care, so you will rarely think about your dental implant once you have it.

Consider this scenario. You’re a 30-year-old adult with two missing teeth. You pay $6,000 one time for two dental implants that last for the rest of your life. If you had dental bridges instead and paid $2,000 for them and replaced them every eight years, you’d pay a total of $6,000 by the time you were 54—and you’d probably need another set of dental bridges by that time.

By investing in dental implants at one time, you could save your future self money and hassle through the durability of the device you chose.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are devices that fit into your gums and jawbone to support a structure like a bridge, denture, or crown. The implant is a post, typically made from titanium, which anchors the replacement tooth similarly to the root structures of natural teeth. If you lose one or more teeth, your dentist will likely recommend placing an implant and fit you for a crown, bridge, or denture to replace the missing natural teeth.

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 3 million Americans have dental implants, and about 500,000 people will receive a dental implant for the first time every year. While many people have teeth extracted and not replaced, this can cause bone loss in the jaw. This increases stress and shifting on other teeth.

An implant can support replacement teeth so that you retain a natural, healthy smile. In fact, many dentists are beginning to prefer using dental implants to attach partial or full dentures because it reduces discomfort, sliding, and bone loss.

The cost of a single dental implant can range from $3,000 to $4,500, and a full mouth of dental implants can cost up to $45,000.

Are Dental Implants Medically Necessary?

Although some people can get dental implants for cosmetic reasons only, this is extremely rare. It is unlikely that your dentist will recommend this treatment.

However, if you have a tooth that is damaged beyond repair and must be extracted, they are likely to recommend an implant for medical reasons. Implants reduce the risk of your teeth shifting and your bone losing mass, which keeps your mouth healthier overall.

Many dentists are trained in implant dentistry, but AAID recommends that you ask your dentist about their training and experience if you need a dental implant. You can also ask for referrals from your dentist. Use your dental insurance to investigate other practitioners with implant experience for a second option.

There are two basic types of dental implant.

  • Endosteal: This is the most common type of dental implant. It is embedded into the jawbone to support an artificial crown, a bridge, or a partial denture.

  • Subperiosteal: This type of dental implant sits on top of the jawbone, surrounded by gum tissue. Dentists may choose this type of dental implant for people who have lost bone mass in part of their jawbone already or who do not have strong jawbone tissue. There may be other repair and support surgeries associated with this implant. Because these procedures tend to be more complex and require more dental skill, they can be more expensive than endosteal procedures.

A Single Implant vs. A Full Denture

Implants also differ based on the number of teeth the implant is replacing.

Many adults in the U.S. have one tooth removed, an injury that leads to loss of a tooth, or a root canal that is extensive enough that they need a dental implant to help hold a crown in place. More dentists prefer a dental implant with a crown to replace a missing tooth, compared to the other option, which is a tooth-supported fixed bridge.

The bridge requires grinding down surrounding teeth to ensure the device fits properly. A dental implant and crown allow the dentist to shape the tooth as much like your original tooth as possible, without disturbing the surrounding teeth.

A single dental implant like this can cost between $3,000 and $4,500.

It is also common for many people to lose several teeth, and implants can provide a stabilizing point for a bridge that replaces the missing teeth. The implants also replace part of the root structure that natural teeth would have anchoring them in the gums and jaw.

Increasingly, dentists recommend dental implants and bridges rather than a fixed bridge or removable partial denture. This is because these other devices do not anchor to the jaw and can slide, leading to bone loss and gum irritation.

A single dental implant can cost between $3,000 and $4,500. Expect to pay this fee for every tooth your dentist needs to replace.

For those missing all their teeth, dental implants can be used to secure full bridges or full dentures, which improves the fit of these devices on top of the gums. They are both more comfortable, which can ease your mind, and more supported, which can help keep your mouth healthy for a long time.

Your dentist will not put implants in for every single missing tooth. Instead, they will put in two, three, or four implants, which will anchor the denture. You may have removable dentures you can fit onto these implants yourself, or you can have permanent dentures, which only your dentist can replace.

A full set of implants like this can cost between $20,000 and $45,000.

Additions to the Final Dental Implant Cost

Some dental professionals charge a flat fee for all of the expenses involved with dental implants. Others charge their patients fees depending on the services required. 

These are fees for other goods and services you might see on your final bill, per data from the American Dental Association:

  • Local anesthesia: $35

  • Deep sedation or general anesthesia (per 15 minutes of care): $262

  • Bone graft to hold your implant in place: $552

  • Connective tissue graft: $1,128

  • Surgical placement of implant: $2,013

  • Second stage of implant surgery: $540

  • Implant supported crown: $1,511

Some of these procedures (like bone grafts) are only required if your mouth and jaw are severely damaged by disease. And again, some providers use just one flat fee to cover all expenses associated with getting an implant.

If you have any questions about how much dental implants cost, ask your doctor for a detailed estimate before the procedure begins.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to serve as dental or other professional health advice and is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any condition or symptom. You should consult a dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.