Many people have reservations about getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. One of their reasons is the high cost of dental implants which many cannot afford. The manufacturing cost of a dental implant is less than $50 but dental implants cost an average of $900. The dentist will charge you $2,500 to replace a missing tooth. Continue reading before you conclude that the dentist is scamming you.
When you have missing tooth, the best replacement is the dental implant which is a titanium screw that is implanted on the jaw on which a crown a placed. The first step is panoramic x-ray and dental scanner to determine whether the jawbone can accommodate the implant. The average cost is $300.
Teeth are scaled to avoid infections. This process costs about $150 on average. One in every patient may require bone graft so that bone can be added before placing the implant. The surgical procedure costs an average of $1,500. The implant costs $900 while the crown costs $700. If you will add all the amounts, the total cost is $2,000.
The actual price that dentists pay the dental implant manufacturer is $120. While manufacturing cost is only $50, the manufacturer has to spend for advertising and communication and earn a profit. The material for the dental crown costs less than $100 but CNC machining, 3D scanning and 3D printing are very expensive technologies.
The dentist certainly does not earn a $2,000 profit because it takes at least 5 to 10 appointments to rebuild a tooth. The dentist has to pay rent for his office, pay professional insurance and the salary of a secretary or receptionist. Given the number of hours that the dentist invests in dental implant, he certainly is not a highly paid professional. If the dentist gets his materials from internationally named brands, expect to pay more for a dental implant.
There are dental clinics that manage to lower the cost of dental implants because the rent they pay for commercial space is cheaper. The materials are ordered from local manufacturers that do not charge as high as internationally known brands. They use advanced dental technology to ensure quality.