Dental Implants: The Cost and BenefitsIf you are missing teeth, then you know that this condition can cause a variety of oral and overall health issues. Dental implants are the perfect tooth restoration solution because they restore natural appearance, feel, and functionality. In addition, with proper care and maintenance, have been proven to last a lifetime.

Dental implants are a fairly new option compared to dentures and dental bridges- but since the 1970s, have surged in popularity. Research shows that approximately 6% of the population has dental implants but with 5 million being placed each year, it is expected to increase to 23% by 2026.

Dental implants offer a variety of benefits over other options including preventing bone loss, supporting neighboring teeth, and improving the overall quality of life in addition to others. However, the primary disadvantage of dental implants is the cost. On average, a single dental implant with a porcelain crown is around $5,000.

In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about dental implants and their costs at Mount Zion Dental in Miami.

Cost of Dental Implants

Since dental implants behave more like natural teeth than other restorations, they are the most expensive option. On average, a single implant with a porcelain crown will cost $5,000. This only covers the cost of the device itself and the surgery. Additional procedures such as extractions, bone graft/sinus lift, gum disease treatment, sedation, and others will be extra.

  • Gum disease treatment: up to $3,000 depending on the type of treatment used
  • Bone grafting: average of $600
  • Sinus lifting: average of $1,500 to $2,500
  • Sedation: $50 to $200+

There are several factors involved in determining the cost of dental implants:

  • Experience/expertise of the provider
  • Location of the provider
  • Location of the implant
  • Type of implant used
  • Materials used in the implant
  • Additional procedures required
  • Insurance coverage

The good news is since dental implants are so similar to natural teeth, there are no additional maintenance requirements. Simply care for them like usual by brushing twice daily, flossing at least once, and using an alcohol-free mouthwash. In addition, visit the dentist every 6 months for an exam and cleaning.

Some dental plans will cover at least a portion of this restoration. Our office staff at Mount Zion Dental will be happy to work with your provider to determine coverage. If you need help paying for your implants, we do offer financing options.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a variety of benefits, including:

  • Long-lasting

    Dental implants have been proven to last longer than alternatives such as dentures and bridges. In fact, implants have a 95%+ success rate. Dentures, on the other hand, last an average of 10 years and bridges may last up to 15.

  • Preserves jawbone

    When you lose a tooth, the jawbone is no longer needed in that area, so it will begin to deteriorate. In fact, research shows that after tooth loss, 30% of the alveolar ridge is lost. Since the implant is inserted into the jawbone, it acts as an artificial tooth root, restoring stimulation to the jawbone to keep it healthy.

  • Feels/looks natural

    The implant portion of the device is inserted into the jawbone, acting as an artificial tooth root. A crown can be placed on top of the implant above the gumline that mimics the look and feel of natural teeth. One study found that 94% of patients were satisfied with the look and feel of their implants.

  • Supports neighboring teeth

    If you are missing a tooth, the neighboring teeth will shift to fill in the gap, which can lead to issues with your bite and ability to chew or speak. An implant fills in the gap and prevents this migration.

  • Supports facial structure

    Jawbone deterioration after tooth loss can cause changes in facial structure, resulting in a sunken appearance. This is most noticeable if you are missing several teeth. Implants can prevent this by supporting a healthy jawbone.

  • Mimics natural speaking and chewing

    Dental implants behave much like natural teeth when chewing and speaking. This is because the implants keep your bite aligned and change the way that air passes through your mouth when speaking.

  • Improves quality of life

    Research has proven that due to the above benefits, dental implants can improve the overall quality of life.

Dental Implants vs. Other Restorative Options

Dental implants offer several benefits over other restoration options, such as:

  • Dental Bridges

    Compared to traditional dental bridges, dental implants:

    • Lasts longer
    • Look more natural
    • May prevent decay in neighboring teeth
    • Do not require damage to neighboring teeth
  • Dentures

    Compared to conventional dentures, dental implants:

    • Look/feel more like natural teeth
    • Require less maintenance
    • Provide comfortable chewing
    • Lasts longer
    • Preserve jawbone tissue


Dental implants are a top-tier tooth restoration treatment, which means they cost more than other options. On average, a single dental implant with a porcelain crown will cost $5,000.

The reason this restoration option is so expensive is because they look, feel, and function more like natural teeth than other options. Plus, research has proven that implants last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.

If you are missing one or more teeth and are interested in learning more about dental implants, schedule your consultation with Dr. Maria Cook and the staff at Mount Zion Dental.

Dental Implant FAQs

Dr. Cook and the team will be happy to discuss any of your questions and concerns at any time before, during, and even after your treatment. Below are some of the questions that we get about dental implants.

What factors affect the cost of dental implants?

There are several factors involved in determining the cost of dental implants, such as:

  • Type of implant (traditional vs. mini)
  • Materials used in the implant
  • Additional procedures required
  • Location of the implant
  • Location of the provider
  • Experience/expertise of the provider

Are dental implants a permanent solution?

Yes, dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution and, with proper care and maintenance, should last a lifetime. The crown or other tooth restoration may need to be replaced after 15 to 20 years, depending on your lifestyle and oral hygiene habits.

How long does the procedure to place dental implants usually take?

The entire process typically takes a minimum of several months because healing is required after the implants are placed before the permanent crown can be attached.

Are there any risks associated with dental implants?

Dental implants are safe for most patients. However, there are a few risks associated with this procedure, including:

  • Risk of infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus damage
  • Implant rejection/failure

Can I replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant?

Yes, a dental implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth. Two or more implants may be used to support up to an entire arch of missing teeth.

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