The cost for dental implants can be broken down into 3 main parts:
1. The consultation:
Consultations normally range from free to $250. At these visits the doctor will evaluate the area where you want an implant.
Usually an x ray is taken. However not all x rays are of the same diagnostic quality. There are 3 types of x rays: a PA, a Pano, and a Cone Beam. A Cone Beam is a 3D image that provides the most information. This is the x ray that you should ask that your doctor uses so that he/she will be best prepared for your implant surgery.
2. The Implant Surgery:
The Implant Surgery is the appointment in which the metal screw is placed into the jaw. The cost for this in Lodi ranges from approximately $1,500 to $3,000.
You want to make sure that quality parts and pieces are used during your procedure.
3. The "Restoration":
This is the part where the tooth is made and installed on top of the metal implant. The restoration can cost anywhere from $1,500 - $3,000.
The costs vary from office to office. Why is there such a big variation in costs? Most offices do a fine job with dental implants. Dentists are well meaning and seek to do good work.
However, it comes down to the office system. If it is a very fast paced office that needs to keep its cost down, then it might be possible that they are using cheaper parts and not as meticulous with the surgical protocols.
Also, some advertisements are misleading. You might see an ad for a $399 implant but then when you arrive at the office you would be dismayed to find out that it is actually 10x that amount.
Some offices price very high because perhaps the doctor has extensive training. For example an Oral Surgeon has exensive training in many things such as tooth extraction, jaw repairs, facial trauma, skull repairs, orthtognathic surgery, and is exposed to a broad range of general hospital surgery.
However, this experience doesn't necessarily translate to dental implant surgery. It doesn't mean that they had a higher training in implant surgery. But because of their extensive training, specialists such as oral surgeons must command a higher fee.
Hope that makes sense!