Why Do Dental Implants Cost So Much?

This question is one of the most common questions people ask when they start researching dental implants. 
October 24, 2022
Harrison Spriggs
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This question is one of the most common questions people ask when they start researching dental implants. 

Dental Implants Cost Graphic

The answer is not that simple. There are many different factors that go into the cost of dental implants, and the cost varies widely. 

While the upfront cost in some cases seems like the more expensive option… Over time and in the long run, dental implants are less expensive to maintain.  Other alternatives require maintenance, fittings, new pieces, replacement parts, and the list goes on and on. With dental implants, these long-term issues don’t exist. 

Other options are also uncomfortable and over time take their toll on overall health. With dental implants, some people are so satisfied, they don’t even remember they have them. Other options, like dentures, make it virtually impossible to forget you are wearing them because of pain, sliding and not being able to taste food. 

These factors must be considered when thinking of the cost of dental implants because affordable dental implants are a reality. 

What Am I Paying For?

A dental implant procedure is not regular dentistry. It is surgery. Dental implant procedures require highly trained professionals, state of the art equipment, and the highest quality materials. 

The implant surgeon must possess the skill necessary, or you run the risk of having damaged nerves. Damaged nerves will cause a lifetime of issues including aches, pains, decay, and faulty work. Many people run into this issue with dental implants that are poorly installed. 

At Nuvia, we don’t believe in short cuts. Some dentists try to save themselves money by performing the sedation themselves. At Nuvia, the implant surgeon can focus on the procedure and avoid mistakes. Nuvia has a dedicated anesthesiologist performing the sedation at no extra cost to you. 

The equipment necessary to perform such a difficult surgery is state of the art and expensive; because we deliver the kind of results that can change your life for the better. From measuring, fitting, mapping, and ultimately planning out the procedure. - our state of the art technology allows our highly trained implant surgeon to precisely execute the implant placement.

The highest quality materials on earth are needed to create high quality dental implants. Implants that will stand the test of time and serve you as good as your original teeth. These materials are either mined or synthesized in a laboratory. They are not cheap, but they can last a lifetime. 

What are the long term health risks of not replacing my missing teeth? 

Periodontal Disease Graphic

The long term health risks come down to a simple concept that takes a toll over time, can destroy health and shorten lifespan… Nutrition. 

Another issue is Bone Loss.*Bone Loss starts when a tooth goes missing. The jaw bone tries to make up for the missing tooth by shuffling and shrinking. This causes problems for your remaining teeth and overall bite. Before long, more teeth can be lost and the problem can compound. The more bone loss that occurs, the more difficult it will be to reverse or stop it. 

Once all or most of the teeth go missing, the mouth is more prone to infection. With dentures, even more so because of the sores that can come from dentures rubbing on the gums. 

All of these issues can make it difficult to eat and get the necessary nutrients for overall health. Poor nutrition is ultimately what makes the biggest impact on health, quality of life, and lifespan. 

Not being able to eat nutritious food or enough food… your body can basically starve. This can reduce overall health, quality of life and shorten lifespan. The good news… These issues can be solved with Dental Implants. 

What makes dental implants superior to other tooth replacement options? 

Dental implants are a permanent solution. They stay in all the time, they are not popped in and out. There is no glue, and they do not slide around or move at all. 

This is achieved by attaching the implant securely to the bone. Once the surgery is complete and the implant has fused to the bone, the implant becomes like a real tooth. 

And the good news is, the tooth is permanent and can last a lifetime free of cavities and decay. 

Implants can also stop bone loss which keeps the jaw looking normal, avoiding sunken in cheeks and “witch chin”. 

Most dental implants require no further cost, whereas dentures eventually need to be realigned and replaced. Dentures do not stop bone loss. In fact, dentures can speed up bone loss making cheeks look sunken in and causing “witch chin”. 

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Should I get Dental implants?

Patients who have received dental implants at Nuvia have recommended the same treatment to others who find themselves in a similar situation. 

The process really is quite simple. With Nuvia's permanent teeth in 24 hours, people can get their life back and stop worrying about problems caused by having dentures or problems caused from missing teeth very quickly. 

If you are suffering from dentures or missing teeth, implants may be right for you.

Why aren’t Dentures good enough? 

Dentures may look good and seem like the normal alternative to fix tooth loss. While dentures have served a purpose in the past… we believe they have reached their maximum potential. 

Why Dentures are worse than Dental Implants

The most common problem with dentures is they do not stop bone loss, they can accelerate it. This can lead to irreversible issues with the jaw line causing wrinkles, sunken in cheeks and “witch chin”. 

Dentures are also not comfortable for most people. They slide around, they pop out, they can cause sores, and they sometimes have a foul odor. These problems make it difficult and many people just avoid wearing them most of the time.

Dentures are not maintenance-free. As your bone shrinks and gums wear down… Dentures will need to be realigned and in some cases replaced. The costs of this over the years can add up to more than the cost of dental implants. 

Dentures also lessen the ability to taste food. Many denture wearers get so frustrated with this that it actually stops them from eating. This can lead to malnutrition which in turn leads to poor health and can ultimately shorten lifespan.  

Dentures served a purpose in the past, but with dental implant technology available today, dentures are many times not the best, and--in many cases--not the most cost-effective solution. 

The Cost of Dental Implants varies widely. 

Dentures vs Implants comparison chart

Sometimes people make the assumption that dental implants are too expensive to even consider. When taking holistic health into consideration, it is important to look at all the costs. Dentures (or leaving teeth missing) will lead to bone loss and poor nutrition which ultimately leads to more medical issues and costs down the road. 

Dental implants immediately stop bone loss and promote good health. Dental Implants can cost anywhere between 1 to 2 thousand dollars to upwards of 50 thousand dollars. This depends on how many teeth are being replaced, what materials are being used, and your oral health.

The best way to know what dental implants will cost is to book a free consultation right away. If bone loss is minimal and surgery is straight-forward, the cost can be drastically reduced. 

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Long term vs short term

In the short term, dental implants may look like they cost more. But in reality, the payment plans can be extremely affordable.

After your permanent teeth are placed, just 24 hours after your dental implant surgery. You're starting to eat the foods you love, and smiling like you just don’t care. Because you don’t... you can smile and it is beautiful. You can laugh, you can talk and not worry about your teeth flying out. 

With dentures, your mouth can be sore from sliding around, it can be difficult to taste food, you may be constantly worried about your teeth falling out if you laugh or talk. You will need to get your dentures realigned eventually. You may notice immediately that you are not enjoying eating the foods you once loved because you can’t taste them. Your health may begin to suffer, which can lead to your mental health suffering as well. The cost of dentures can take its toll on your life. 

That is the long term vs the short term. Dental Implants are the clear choice for a healthier, happier and even more cost effective lifestyle. 

Are there payment plans for dental implants?

Yes, there are different payment plans and options for dental implants. Options range from in-house financing, loans from banks, savings, retirement accounts, and credit cards. Nuvia also provides a substantial cash discount. Click here to learn more about dental implant financing options.

Affordable dental implants are the goal, and Nuvia will help you figure out your financing so you can enjoy life with dental implants.

What is the process? 

Dental Implants Process

When you decide dental implants are something you need to consider, simply set up a free consultation with Nuvia. During the consultation, your implant expert will discuss the options based on your history, current circumstance, and your goals. 

Scans are taken during the consultation to determine exactly what your plan will take and show you upfront the total cost.

After the consultation, we set up your surgery day where the initial posts are installed. 

Then, we take a picture of your implants with the coolest camera ever, create your custom permanent teeth over night and install them within 24 hours of the original surgery. Because they are custom to your mouth, installation is generally a breeze.

You could be eating, laughing, smiling, and doing the things you love just like you did with your natural teeth. All in just 24 hours.

How will I know if I am a good candidate? 

Your implant specialists at the consultation will determine how much bone is available to work with, how many teeth need replacing, and the best implant option for your health and your pocket book. 

There are many factors that go into the specific implants you will need. 

The longer you wait, the more bone loss you could have. Bone loss is a significant factor in whether or not implants are a viable option, so the sooner you schedule a free consultation... the better off you’ll be. 

Final thoughts.

If you are having issues with missing teeth or dentures, and you are looking for affordable dental implants.... Nuvia is ready to help you get your life back. 

Affordable Dental Implants are a reality. Not just Dental Implants for seniors… But implants for anyone who has broken or missing teeth who is looking for a real and permanent solution. A solution that can feel so much like your real teeth, you may not even notice the difference. A solution that can let you eat not only delicious food, but nutritious food. 

Book your free consultation today and see what is possible. It's easier than you think.

Still have questions? Visit our comprehensive Dental Implant Cost and Information Guide to learn everything you need to know about the cost of dental implants.


* Bone Loss Occurs Due To Missing Teeth: Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 33, Issue 7, September 2013, Pages 967–974, https://doi.org/10.1177/1090820X13503473

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