After placing thousands of dental implants in the Washington, DC area over the past 20+ years there are certain questions that seem to come up over and over again. And these questions are important. Dr. Robert Emery takes every effort to answer all of the questions our patients have when deciding if dental implants are the right treatment option for them.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implants can vary greatly. There has been a recent increase in the discussion of whether patients should consider traveling to foreign countries to reduce the cost of implant surgery. This is not something we can recommend to our patients in good faith.

It can be difficult to verify the credentials of surgeons outside the US. Foreign surgeons can not be Board Certified by the ABOMS. On top of that, you simply are not protected by US law if you were to travel abroad for implant surgery.

This can be a tough question to nail down specifically, since there are so many variables. It has been reported that the costs can range from:

  1. $1500-$3500 for the placement of the implant.
  2. $1500-$3000 for the final restoration by your cosmetic dentist.

We have found these ranges to be fairly accurate for the cost of dental implants in Washington DC. There can be many variables however, including bone grafting, type of sedation used and type of final restoration.

One of the most important questions when deciding on any surgical procedure is your comfort level with your surgeon. Important areas to consider include:

  • Specialty
  • Education and training
  • Board Certification
  • Reviews and rankings


Dr. Emery and Dr. Ryan are both Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. The American Association of Oral and Maxiallofacial Surgeons describes the specialty as:

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons care for patients with problem wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, place dental implants, care for patients with oral cancer, tumors and cysts of the jaws, and perform facial cosmetic surgery.

Education and Training

It takes extensive schooling and training in order to become an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. The typical path includes undergraduate college (4yrs), dental school (4yrs) and a post graduate oral surgery residency program (4-6yrs).

Board Certification

Dr. Emery and Dr. Ryan are both Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. This means that after graduation they voluntarily studied for and passed extensive written and verbal tests administered by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS).

Note: Board certification is currently not legally required to practice oral surgery.

Reviews and Rankings

It can be important to check the online reviews and rankings of your dental surgeon before deciding on the right one for treatment.

To get an accurate picture of the cost of dental implants for you, contact our office in Washington DC to request a consultation with Dr. Emery.