By Rafael Mercado, DDS on May 11, 2022
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots upon which a dental professional can place a lifelike restoration, such as a dental crown, dental bridge, or dentures. By their very nature, dental implants are a superior tooth-replacement solution for patients who are missing one or more teeth. In fact, there is a 98% success rate of dental implant surgery.
At Castle Hills Family Dental, our skilled dentist, Dr. Rafael Mercado, uses advanced technology and his years of training to provide quality dental implants in Castle Hills, TX.
Tooth loss affects more than your appearance–it affects your oral and systemic health, too. Subsequently, dental implants are an investment in your overall health. Here, our team discusses dental implant costs without insurance so that you’ll know what to expect.
First, patients must consult with Dr. Mercado to verify their candidacy. This requires an in-office appointment, complete with a dental exam, and a cone-beam scan of the jaw bone. Patients can expect to pay between $50 and $750 for this initial appointment.
Some patients are ideal candidates without needing additional preoperative care. However, patients with significant dental damage or low jaw bone density may need preparatory procedures, such as tooth extractions, bone grafts, or sinus lifts.
The average cost of a tooth extraction without insurance is between $150 to $300 per tooth. Bone grafts vary in complexity, so patients can expect to pay between $250 to $3,000. Sinus lifts are elaborate procedures that can cost upwards of $1,500.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dr. Mercado is qualified to surgically place many types of dental implants, including:
- Traditional dental implants
- Ceramic dental implants
- Mini implants
- All-on-4® dental implants
Each type of implant varies in price, but patients can expect the following pay scales:
- Traditional: Between $3,000 and $4,000 per tooth.
- Ceramic: Comparable to traditional dental implants.
- Mini: Between $500 and $1,000 per tooth.
- All-on-4: These implants support complete restorations, like snap-on dentures, and cost between $8,000 and $30,000 per arch.
Depending on the type of implant, a second procedure may be necessary to attach abutments to the implant. The cost of this procedure is usually bundled into the cost of implant surgery.
After implant surgery, our team will fabricate a natural-looking restoration to place on the implant. Restorations may include single-tooth crowns, dental bridges, or full dentures. Patients can expect to pay between $2,000 and $30,000 for their custom-made restoration.
Dental Implant Costs Explained
Many factors influence dental implant costs, including:
- Geographic location
- The materials used
- Dentist experience
- The number of implants needed
- Insurance coverage
Many insurance companies consider dental implants an elective surgery and will only cover the cost of certain restorations, like dental crowns. However, some insurance companies are beginning to view dental implants as a cost-saving preventative treatment as well as a restorative treatment.
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
Dental implants are an investment in your health. Without dental implants, patients risk accumulating even more costly oral and systemic health issues over time.
Save yourself valuable time and money by scheduling your dental implant consultation at Castle Hills Family Dental today. Patients can request an appointment online or may call our office at (210) 405-1257.