Comprehensive information about dental implants cost.
In the United States, Dental Implants Cost normally ranges from $3,500 to $12,000 depending on several factors. Some of these factors are:
1. Number of implants necessary for the implant case.
2. How much bone is left in the patient’s upper or lower jaw.
3. Implant body or implant system to be used
4. Specialization of the dentist (standards of dentistry, dentist’s experience and level of training).
5. Location of dental office (city or country)
6. Difficulty of the case.
7. Fees charged by dental technologist/dental laboratory.
Number of Dental Implants needed for the Implant Case
The number of implant fixtures needed in an implant case depends on two factors.
1. Type of the prosthetic component. It can be:
a. removable prosthesis
b. fixed prosthesis
c. implant supported prosthesis
d. implant and tissue supported prosthesis
2. Bone quantity and quality.
Type of the prosthetic component
Two implants can support a removable prosthesis. One dental implant may hold an implant and tissue supported prosthesis. Four implants can support a fixed prosthesis replacing the six anterior teeth. If you’re after esthetics and there is enough bone to hold them, six implants can be used to hold individual crowns for the missing anteriors. One for each missing tooth.
Bone quantity and quality
The dental implant specialist will check if there is enough bone to hold the implants. Ideally, 2 mm of bone should exist bucally, lingually and 3 mm between implants. There should be 1.5 mm of bone between an implant and adjacent natural teeth. This space allows adequate healing and development of papilla, between implants, or the implant and adjacent teeth. If there’s not enough bone, the dentist will either reduce the number of implants to be installed or do a bone graft procedure.
The upper anterior region has less bone quality and lower bone quantity when compared to the lower anterior region. Bone quantity and quality influence success rates of the Implant Procedure. A fully implant supported prosthesis in the maxilla has a lower success rate than in the mandible due to different bone densities.
Amount of bone left in the patient’s upper or lower jaw
If there’s not enough bone to hold the implants, a bone graft is done before, during or after the first surgery. There are various types of materials for bone graft. Moreover, there are several ways to do this procedure.
Normally a bone graft done before the first surgery of the actual implant installation will require 6 months healing.
While the bone grafting during the first surgery is done if there is noticeably thin bone / or perforation on the buccal or thin bone on the lingual side of the jaw.
Implant body or implant system to be used
There are thousands of implant systems available in the market today. Some are very affordable. Some have features that will enhance bone healing. Some implant systems have unique platform that will allow minimal bone resorption. To lower the implants cost, I personally tried affordable dental implant types for a number of patients. Example of affordable brands are Leader Italia Implants, Dio Implants and Neobiotech Implants.
Specialization of the dentist (standards of dentistry, dentist’s experience and level of training)
Some dentists have 3 years training, others have 3 months. The number of years of implantology training, number of years of actual implant practice, and number of implant cases done by the dentist, are important factors that will significantly increase the total dental implants cost.
A dental implant procedure done by a general dentist costs much lower than those done by a specialist or a dental team. A general dental practitioner with 3 months training can install an implant.
Specialists are dentists who have undergone 3 years of formally structured university post graduate training program. Among specialists, Periodontists are the most qualified dentists to do an implant. They know the bone and the gum tissue very well. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the second most qualified but some surgeons just install the implant fixtures without enough planning for the installation of prosthetic component. Prosthodontists can also install an implant. They are the most qualified to install the prosthetic component.
A Dental Team composed of several specialists (primarily by 3 specialists – peridontist, surgeon and prosthodontist) will considerably increase the final Cost of a Dental Implant Procedure.
Location of the dental office (city or country)
Dental Implant treatment done in the Philippines and other Asian countries will cost much lower than those done in the US, UK and other countries in Europe. Dental implants are quite costly in places which have a high standard of living.
Difficulty of the case
The difficulty of the case depends on the present scenario, patient and the dentist. What does the implant case require? Does the scenario require an immediate implant? Or does the patient require special maintenance (ie. like susej anoticel method) while the first surgery is being done? How difficult is the the dental implant case for the dentist or specialist?
Fees charged by dental technologist / dental laboratory
The fabrication of a denture supported by dental implants is not easy. It requires special training. It requires high grade materials and precision dental laboratory equipment which are, of course, expensive. For example, the fabrication of a CAD CAM milled prosthesis is understandably expensive. The price of the prosthetic component will significantly increase the total cost of dental implant treatment.
Estimated Cost of dental implant / dental implants prices abroad
Updated: October 8 2012
Conventional Single Dental Implant (without bone graft procedure)
US $3,000 – $4, 000
UK $3, 250 – – $4, 250
Australia – $4, 200 – $5, 200
Thailand – $1, 200 – $2, 000
Philippines – $1, 200 – $2, 000
Vietnam – $1, 185 – $1, 985
India – $1, 194 – $1, 994
Hungary – $1, 380 – $2, 180
Germany – $1, 275 – $2, 075
Croatia – $1,392 – $2, 192
Costa Rica – $1, 007 – $1, 907
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Jesus Lecitona+, DMD, MScD-Prosthodontics
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- This page was created on October 15 2011
- This page was updated on November 7 2012