The prices for dental implants differ greatly according to factors such as the experience of the dentist/cosmetic dentist, the location of the dental clinic (in the center of the city or at the outskirts), the prime materials used for the manufacturing, and so on. It is very important that you will always consider the overall cost of a treatment when comparing prices for dental work.
For example, one dentist might quote you only $2,000 for a dental implant. Yes, but ask yourself what materials is he/she going to use for the creation of the implant, and think about the fact that the fees of the dentist are most likely not included. At times, the dental fees for the implant procedure can be as high as 60% of the overall cost quoted initially.
So the initial price of $2,000 does/may not include:
-initial dental examination fees
-dental X-ray charges
-the cost of the dental anesthetics
-the fees of the dentist
-potential bone grafting needs
If you will opt for dental bridges, because the dental implant seems outrageously expensive, think of the fact that the bridge needs to be replaced every ten years or so. A dental implant is a restoration for life and it costs on average $3,600 to $4,000, while a dental bridge costs you $1,000 but you will pay $5,000 in the long run (given you need to replace them about 5 times during your lifetime). Then, dentures are also cheap but again, they need replacement every 7 to 10 years.
In the end, it is quite difficult to predict the exact overall cost of a dental implant. The needs of each patient are different. Some might struggle with a lack of jaw bone density, and then bone grafting is needed, which is a costly procedure. Then, some extremely phobic patients might require very strong anesthesia (such as General Anesthesia), which is obviously much more expensive than IV dental sedation.
With plenty of research, it is not unusual that you will find dental clinics which offer special discounts on dental implant procedures. Given you are ready to get your treatment with regular dental sedation, and given you do not need bone grafting, you can get dental implants in the range of $2,000 -$2,200 per tooth. Again, make sure that you will ask the respective dentist about what exactly in included within the price, and what are the other potential costs you may need to pay out of pocket.
Many patients who need more than 1 or 2 dental implants choose dental tourism. In countries such as Costa Rica, Thailand, Mexico, or some European countries (Poland and Hungary especially), dental implants cost even 50% less compared to the prices charged in the US at private dental clinics.
However, before rushing into a too good to be true offer for abroad dental tourism, first check with your dentist maybe he can offer you a payment plan that is flexible and affordable. For example, he might allow you to spread the costs for the needed dental implants for 6 months.