Total Cost To Replace A Single Tooth With Dental Implants in Houston
Ganiyu Abib DMD, BDS
January 4, 2022
Because No two mouths are the same, so also no two dental implant procedures are the same. The total cost of a single tooth implant for each individual may vary but typically, the cost of a single tooth Implant in the greater Houston area can range from $1500 – $6000 depending on a number of factors. Here at GeeTee Dental Houston TX, you can expect to pay on average $2345 for a single tooth Dental implant as of January 2022. It may be less, it or more depending on your personal scenario.
What makes up a single tooth implant cost?
To replace a single tooth, you need a single dental implant. Traditional dental implants typically consist of 3 Components: The three components of a Dental Implant and their possible costs in the greater Houston area are listed below
- Implant cost: A medical-grade titanium screw surgically placed in the jaw to replace the root of the tooth (also called the post) which typically cost $800 – $3000
- abutment cost: An abutment that connects the titanium screw / Post to the Implant Crown. This typically costs around $500 – $1500
- Implant crown Cost: A customized pontic (prosthetic crown) that is tooth-colored and typically costs around $500 – $1500
all 3 components are paid for separately at different stages of the procedure. It may also be charged once especially when doing teeth in a day / Immediate loading Dental Implants. There may be a need for different combinations of different types of the dental implant component as your personal circumstances may require, hence the differences in the price.
Factors that affect the cost of a single tooth Implant
As stated earlier, there are a couple of Other factors that may influence the total cost of replacing a single tooth with a dental implant: We will try to cover as much as possible in the following section.
- Tooth Extractions: If the tooth that needs to be replaced is still present in your mouth, we will have to extract the bad tooth before we can proceed with the Dental Implant Procedure. This will be a separate charge and will impact the total cost of the single tooth implant.
- The health of the extraction site: Just as you would not plant a seed in an infected soil, so also you should not place a Dental Implant in an infected jaw. This is essential for the proper healing of the Dental Implant. Gum disease, infections of adjacent teeth, or the extraction site has to be taken care of prior to the Dental Implant Procedure. This will influence the total cost of your Single Tooth Implant.
- Amount of bone available: A dental implant is inserted into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth root. Dental Implants replace missing teeth need to be large enough to withstand the forces of chewing and there needs to be enough bone to support the size of implant. If placed into the insufficient bone, then the implant may fail. After the adequate height is available, the next most significant criterion affecting long-term survival of endosteal implants is the width of the available bone. When there is not enough bone available, additional bone grafting would be required and this will impact the total cost of a single tooth implant
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that uses transplanted bone to repair and rebuild diseased or damaged bones. A bone graft is a choice for repairing bones almost anywhere in your body. Your surgeon might harvest your own bone from other parts of your body or he may use synthetic materials for the graft. Sometimes, surgeons also use bone tissue donated from cadavers to perform bone grafting
What is the cost of Bone Grafting?
Grafting with material from somewhere else — usually from a cadaver, a cow, or with a bone-like synthetic material — costs considerably less. Bone grafting with your own bone on the other hand is slightly more expensive Bone grafting your own bone costs: From $2,000 to $3,000 Bone grafting with cow, cadaver, or synthetic material cost: $250 to $1,000
- The proximity to sinus: If the tooth being replaced is in the upper premolar or molar areas of the jaw, you may require a sinus lift, in order to have dental implants placed. This can be due to a couple of factors:
- circumstances in which the bone in the area where teeth are missing naturally begins to shrink or resorb over time, causing bone loss. As a result of bone loss, the sinuses can expand to occupy the empty space where the bone used to be
- the roots of the teeth were originally positioned either very close to or within the sinus cavity,
- or the vertical height of the bone is not sufficient enough to support an implant. With insufficient bone to securely place a dental implant, a sinus lift is necessary to move the sinus away from the roots of the teeth or to create additional bone in the area
What is a sinus lift?
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that involves lifting up the sinus membrane in order to make room for a bone graft. The purpose of the bone graft is to build up bone in the upper jaw just below the sinuses on either side of your nose in the region of your premolars and molars.
What is the cost of a sinus lift in Houston?
The typical cost for a sinus lift is approximately $2,000 per side.
- Temporary Tooth Cost Implant is typically done in stages. The first stage is the surgical placement of the Implant body after which the patient waits for the implant to heal before the second stage is done. During this waiting period, the patient may need a temporary tooth to wear especially if the tooth being replaced is in the anterior area. The most common option is a temporary flipper or a Dentures the cost of which also adds up to the total cost of the implant.
- Choice of Dentist. Dentistry is a multi-specialty discipline and the choice of Dentist or specialist you choose to go with can influence your total cost to replace a single tooth with Dental Implant. Oral surgeons or Prosthodontist typically charge more to place an Implant than when you have a General Dentist place the Implant. If it is a relatively simple procedure that is being needed, then choosing a General Dentist may save some money if not you have to see a specialist.
- Location of Dentist Quite interestingly, we discovered during our research for this article that Dental Implant typically costs more in some areas in Houston than in some other areas. Dentists in the Houston Downtown and Galleria areas typically charge much more on average for Single-tooth Dental Implant than those in the North.
- Laboratory Fees Because with Dental Implants, Offices typically have to work with a Dental Laboratory in some cases have one in the office. Even when an office has a Dental Lab in-house, sometimes they just are not equipped enough to handle the complexity of Dental implants so it is not unusual for the office to charge a separate fee as needed for lab work.
- 3D Imaging Fees Traditionally, X-rays were used by the dentists to get a picture of the structure of teeth and jaw before the implant. The modern 3D imaging technique is a less intrusive, more accurate way of getting a picture of the underlying structures of your teeth. This new technology not only helps make the procedure accurate but also reduces the time spent at the dentist’s office for you. When necessary, you may be required to pay for CBCT Scan to get accurate diagnosis and planning of your dental Implant procedure and this may also impact a single tooth implant cost in Houston
- Cost of Consultation and examination
Single Tooth Implant Cost in Houston TX
The best way to get an accurate estimate for replacing your missing tooth with a Dental Implants is to schedule a COnsultation and get an accurate and proper diagnosis by a trained professional who will review your Xrays, do an exam and present you with a treatment plan so you can sure there are no hidden fees or charges. Call GeeTee Dental Implant Center in 1414 Eldrige Parkway Houston TX today for your Dental Implant Consultation.