How much should I expect to pay for dental implants?
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How much should I expect to pay for dental implants?

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Dental implants range from about $1000 to $3500 per tooth as of 2014. While the cost can be prohibitive, dental implants are a permanent and natural-looking solution to missing teeth. Dental implants require about six months of treatment to complete the process.

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The cost per tooth includes the initial dental screw placement in the jaw, as well as the fitting and placement of a crown in the open space. Dental implants can be used to cover one tooth, several teeth or all of the teeth as needed. Because dental implants are viewed as a cosmetic procedure, they are not covered by most insurance companies.

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