Hi Ro, Thanks for your helpful reply and suggestion. I just called the number you gave me and the woman said that she couldn't give me the price for dental implants because a different clinic does them She told me to call 310 825-3072, but I get a recording there. i guess I'll have to keep trying. At any rate, it sounds like implants are substantially cheaper in LA than in NYC. The average cost to get an implant from a dentist in private practice in the NY/NJ area is $3300. And, the cost can go up to as much as $4000 or $5000 if you need a bone graft or sinus lift, respectively. I am considering moving to LA and will delay getting the two implants I need if the cost is more affordable there. Honestly, I think you get better care when you go to a university clinic for medical care, because the dentists/doctors there have to be accountable if something goes wrong, they are up on the latest techniques, you can get multiple opinions, if needed, and the faculty members are often leaders in their field. I actually got to meet the guy who invented the implant procedure, Dr. Tarnow, who was the director of the clinic at NYU. All these benefits, plus the work is cheaper!!! I've had bad experiences with doctors and dentists in private practice, but have been nearly 100% satisfied with the work I've gotten done at NYU (except it is a little pricey for a dental clinic). Plus the clinic there is really clean, modern, and is well run. Is this also true of the dental clinic you to to at UCLA?