Tooth Implant--$8,000 for one???

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by Granfan, May 24, 2012.

  1. Granfan

    Granfan Disney Addict

    Jun 30, 2010
    Over $8,000 is what I was quoted when I went to get a check-up and treatment plan-- for one tooth. This sounds likes he thinks I'm an easy mark. The space is healed and has been fine for a couple of years. He suggested the implant for cosmetic reasons.
  2. Kathi OD

    Kathi OD <marquee><font color=blue>The first person to repl

    Aug 21, 2007
    While I have no idea what an implant in the US costs, the ad at the bottom of the page says you can get one for $300 in Hungary. :rotfl:
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  4. Granfan

    Granfan Disney Addict

    Jun 30, 2010
    Friends have said they were charged $3,000 each about a year ago in a city about 30 minutes from here. I definitely won't be paying $8,000. The check-up was $167 dollars which did not include cleaning.
  5. sookie

    sookie DIS Veteran

    Jun 21, 2010

    OP, that sounds about right for a dental implant. One of the guys I worked with had to get one and it was a several step process.
    If you don't want or need it - don't get it if it is cosmetic!
  6. disneymomto5

    disneymomto5 Mouseketeer

    Jun 24, 2006
    My son had to have 2 at $5000 each. It was quite a shock and that's been about 6 years ago.
  7. wdwmom0f3

    wdwmom0f3 Disney Bound!

    Aug 10, 2008
    What about a bridge?:confused3
  8. furb & dez

    furb & dez City Bear Jamboreers

    Jan 18, 2011
    A friend was quoted $9000 for three implants.
  9. canopynut66

    canopynut66 DIS Veteran

    Mar 21, 2010

    I wanted implants but due to a medical problem could not have them so opted for porcelion venners. Had 8 top front teeth done July 2010 and the total cost was $11,780 .00 and insurance would only cover ONE per year and did not get a price break on the rest...the estimate at that time for implants was $4000 a SECTION. or that is the way it was priced to me here in Indiana..:surfweb:
  10. NYCDiane

    NYCDiane DIS Veteran

    May 31, 2009

    It could be because of where you live. However, if he's going to charge $8K for an implant, I would trust him to even do the procedure since he more than likely has no clue how to do it.

    A dental implant should cost between $1700-$1900 per tooth, all inclusive.

    The guy you're dealing with is a complete rip off artist. $167 for a check up that DIDN'T include a cleaning???? At most places it's either free or a very nominal charge.

    Find yourself a new dentist.
  11. Annabelle64

    Annabelle64 Earning My Ears

    Jul 25, 2010
    As a dental hygienist I can only tell you that the fee varies tremendously from office to office.

    The surgical part of the implant is usually done by an Oral Surgeon or a Periodontist...these fees can range from $2000-$4000 (in my area) depending upon the procedure..simple implant (is there really such a thing?) or with bone augmentation etc.

    THEN, since the implant is in the bone and covered by the gum tissue, you need to put a crown on it, because that's the whole point right? To have a tooth in the space! That can range from $1000-$2000, again depending upon the facility.

    Great point about the bridge....I would ask if that would be an option.

    I hope this helps! Good Luck!
  12. Granfan

    Granfan Disney Addict

    Jun 30, 2010
    Thank you. I will find another dentist. A bridge is not possible because its the last tooth in the back with nothing to anchor to. It really doesn't show so I won't get an implant. Not now anyway. Thanks for all the replies!
  13. Hannathy

    Hannathy <font color=darkorchid>When I stop laughing I will

    Jan 24, 2006
    I would LOVE to know where this dentist is that will do an implant for under 2,000!!!! That is incredibly low and I don't believe it.

    I live in a relatively low cost area and I was quoted 4-6,000 a tooth and going up because metal is going up daily. The titanium is out of this world right now.
    My sister lives in another area of the country and she was told similar numbers.

    I think 8 is a bit high but I don't know anywhere that you can have one done for under 2.
  14. taylor3297

    taylor3297 DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2009
    My implant is going to cost me a total of $2000 before insurance. It is a lengthy process. Luckily, I go to an dental practice that has folks who are also endodontist so I don't have to go to another practice.

    First appointment, bad tooth was pulled and bone fragments were put in and now waiting for the next step. I hate having a missing molar.

    I did consider a bridge, which is cheaper, but that would involve 2 other teeth and with my luck something would happen to one of those.

    So the $8000 is way off the mark. Get a new dentist.
  15. tikilyn

    tikilyn DIS Veteran

    Oct 24, 2003
    I was quoted 2200.00 for mine. I need 4 of them. Two for cosmetic reasons and two for molars. I live in South Texas. Luckily my dental insurance will cover them at 50% so my outta pocket will be 1100.00 per tooth!
  16. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

    Oct 29, 2006
    Why is dental work so expensive?
  17. mskayjay

    mskayjay <font color=magenta>They were sooooo good I had um

    May 25, 2008
    I had one done 2 years ago and the total charge was $4000. I too had waited quite some time to have it done and wish I had done it sooner. Prices will vary by region but please, just because someone offers a lower price doesn't mean it is the right person to go to. Ask around in your area and see what is the norm and who is recommended for this type of procedure. Check how many/size of the implant they will use, whether you will be getting a custom or standard abutment (this is VERY important!!!! and yes it can up the cost a bit!), if it includes anesthesia if you choose to be knocked out when they do the implant and please check the credentials/reputation of the oral surgeon doing the implant as well as the dentist doing the abutment and crown portion.
  18. pixieprincessmom

    pixieprincessmom DIS Veteran

    Dec 6, 2003
    My DH was quoted $2200. They took X-rays first to be sure the bone could hold the implant and now we are waiting for insurance approval which they told us would take 2-3 months. Said they have seen out insurance company pick up 80% and have seen them deny the claim so fingers crossed!
  19. MrsPete

    MrsPete DIS Veteran

    Feb 24, 2002
    My daughter just had one. By the time all was said and done, it was in the $6000 range. It's a long and complicated procedure:

    Part 1: The implant that goes into the gum; this is for life, so you want it to be right. It's like a metal screw with holes in it that goes into the gum. Your bone grows through the holes, and it cannot be removed later.

    Part 2: The abridgement that connects the implant to the implant.

    Part 3: The crown. That's the "tooth" that you see. This will last 10-15 years.

    She had appointments for:

    Initial appointment and x-rays
    Surgery to place the implant into the gum (included anethesia)
    Follow ups to see that the implant was "taking" to the gum
    Insertion of abridgement
    Measuring for crown
    Placement of crown

    It was very expensive, but my daughter was missing an adult tooth, and it's in a spot that shows. It was an unavoidable expense.
    I think you're thinking JUST of the crown, not the whole procedure. Getting the implant into the gum is the expensive, time-consuming thing.
  20. ssawka

    ssawka DIS Veteran

    Oct 30, 2007
    I guess it depends on the circumstances, but $8K seems high to me. My insurance pays 70% and I recently had an implant done and it was about $1400 out of pocket. Some of that was for my deductible. So that would put it into the $3K - $4K range. I'm assuming that since you are looking at implants that there has already been a root canal performed on the tooth. If so, that buys you some time. Do you have a FSA that you can put money into to help?
  21. scootch

    scootch DIS Veteran

    Jan 6, 2005
    I was quoted $5000 plus I need to have a sinus lift, which was going to cost more. I opted for a valplast denture. They are really small and not noticable at all, no wires or clips. My brother is an md and also told me that he had several patients with chronic pain issues related to implants, so that worried me a bit.

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