As of 2012, the average cost of a single tooth implant was $3,000 to $4,500, according to Time.com. The procedure is usually performed by an oral surgeon, periodontist or prosthodontist. Most insurance plans do not cover tooth implants.
Although implants are more expensive, they are superior to dentures and bridges, Time.com reports. Patients often have trouble getting dentures that fit. The teeth on either side of a bridge must be filed, which weakens them and opens them to decay. With an implant, the dental practitioner inserts a screw into the jawbone, and this essentially becomes the root of the new prosthetic tooth. This is a two-step process, with six to 12 weeks between placing the screw and attaching the crown.