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Dental Implants Costs
In general, the cost of implant dentistry depends on many factors, including the type of implantation, the dentist performing the procedure, the location where it is performed and the material used.
Dental implants, as cars for example, come in a wide variety. Patients do not usually know this but you can get a more costly implant from a very recognized and professional provider or you can get a cheap implant from some other provider. If you are going to have an implant in your mouth for the rest of your life, what kind of implant do you want to have?
Implant dentistry is a very versatile field and offers many solutions for specific needs. When you are about to get a new car, you have to decide what do you need this car for and what is your budget. You can either get a fancy beautiful car with leather seats or you can get a family car. They both drive you to the same places but your personal needs will influence your decision. In Implant Dentistry, the Dentists needs to understand your case and your needs to give you options. A clinical exam and a complete analysis including X-Rays are needed to determine the best treatment alternatives. These options may range from state of the art implant and restorative options to a simple solution.
When people call and ask me how much it would cost for a treatment with implant dentistry, I try to compare it as if you call Dell and ask them what is the price of a computer? The response may vary a lot based upon your specific needs. If you need a computer for professional use with sophisticated programs it will be more expensive than a family computer. It is absolutely the same with implant dentistry.
The prosthodontist intensely studies your health profile, and then develops a plan to meet your unique needs. Additionally, surgical staff and the laboratory perform several services to produce the desired result. The materials used to construct implant prosthodontics are also expensive. Bone grafting, if needed, is an additional cost.
In the U.S. the cost of full-mouth reconstructive dental implants can range from $24,000 to $100,000. In Colombia, it can range from $15,000 to $35,000. The wide range is due to the different options available today. Some procedures are more simple and some are more elaborated using the latest generation of materials and technology.
While in the U.S single basic implants typically range from $2,000 to $5,000, depending on your circumstances, additional costs for things such as bone regeneration and sinus elevation, quickly escalate to as much as $15,000 to $30,000 for the complete procedure for the upper or lower jaw.
In Colombia, having implants from a well recognized company, typically range from $650 to $950 for the first phase.
The first stage of a dental implant treatment to replace a single tooth cost around $900 apiece. This includes Surgical stent, the dental Implant from a recognized brand (Zimmer or Nobel Biocare), surgical procedure, healing and temporary restoration. The second phase costs approximately another $900 apiece. This includes abutment, final crown and lab services.
When 3 teeth need to be replaced, 2 implants can hold a 3 unit bridge. The cost of the pontic or extra crown is usually around $450.
The information listed above is generic and a personalized treatment plan must be elaborated in every case.
Are You a Dental Implant Candidate?
The advice of a dentist trained in implants, crowns and/or surgery is very important. The dentist will conduct a comprehensive oral health examination and patient history to evaluate candidacy.
Dental implantation, which is performed to replace missing teeth, can be done any time after adolescence (17-18 years old) or when bone growth is complete. Certain medical conditions as periodontal disease, may require additional treatment before the implant procedure can be performed.
Also, to determine candidacy for a dental implant, your dentist must evaluate bone quality and quantity. In some cases where bone loss has occurred due to periodontal disease, implants may not be advised. In certain cases, bone grafting can be derived from your bone, a synthetic bone or a bovine bone to provide the right support for the implant, but your dentist will need to determine if you qualify for these procedures.
Implants offer a permanent aesthetic solution to missing teeth.
Please note that a higher implant failure rate occurs in people who take immuno-suppressants and in smokers. You should also be aware that there are over 60 different implant brand companies. Therefore, if you have an implant procedure done by one dentist but go to a different dentist for a repair, that new dentist may have limited experience with or may not have access to the implants used by the previous dentist.
Cost of Implant Dentistry