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Dental implants cost

author icon By Dr. George Ghidrai

The cost of dental implants depends on many factors, including the type of implantation, the type of prosthetic reconstruction, the dentist performing the procedure, the location where the implant placement surgery and the prosthetic phase is performed, the dental implant material used and the amount of dental insurance.

!!!A prosthesis supported by dental implants requires multiple interventions. The final cost is obtained by adding the prices of all these operations together.

  1. Dental implant

    Dental implants are surgically inserted into the alveolar bone. The total number of implants required for a particular situation depends on the type of prosthetic restoration and the number of missing teeth.

    dental implants cost

    dental implants of various shapes and sizes

    Single implants may range in cost from $400 to $4,000, depending on multiple factors :

    • the type of implantation
    • the dentist performing the procedure
    • the location where the operation is performed ; price can vary a lot in different parts of the world
    • the dental implant material used
    • the amount of dental insurance

  2. Prosthetic device

    There is a large diversity of prosthetic devices that can be constructed on dental implants : fixed prostheses (crowns, bridges) or removable dentures. If more teeth are missing, the treatment plan is more difficult to devise and the prosthesis will have a higher cost.

    • Dental crown

      An implant supported crown is a small reconstruction which is generally used when a single tooth is missing. Normally, implant supported crowns are made of porcelain fused to metal alloys (gold, titanium etc.), zirconia or (in a limited number of cases) all ceramics.

      The price depends on the type of crown ; zirconia or gold based crowns are more expensive.

      dental implant supported crown

      implant supported crown

    • Fixed dental bridge

      A fixed dental bridge supported by implants is generally indicated when several teeth (or all teeth) are missing. Compared to an implant supported removable denture, more implants are needed to support a bridgework restoration.

      The price of a bridgework reconstruction depends on the material used and on other factors.

      dental implant supported bridge

      implant supported bridge

      !!!Most often, the price of a fixed restoration (crown, bridge) supported by dental implants is more expensive than the same type of restoration supported by natural teeth (traditional restoration).

    • Removable denture

      An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants.

      An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.

      dental implant supported denture

      implant supported denture

      An implant-supported denture should be removed daily to clean the denture and gum area. For this reason, some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can't be removed.

      The price of such reconstructions can only be estimated after the medical examination.

  3. Adjunctive surgical procedures

    In some situations, the size and/or structure of the bone is not adequate to support dental implants. Adjunctive surgical procedures aim to increase the amount of bone, so more bone is available to support the dental implants.

    Some procedures seek to recreate the soft tissues (gingival tissue) or to reposition anatomical structures that might interfere with the dental implants.

    If laborious operations are required (complex bone reconstruction, sinus lift), the cost will be higher. Nonetheless, when bone or soft tissue is deficient, there is a high risk of failure.

  4. The treatment of all existing conditions

    It is vital that all structures inside the mouth cavity are healthy or properly treated when the surgical placement of the implants takes place. This means that all existing conditions should be treated :

    • The treatment of all decays
    • The treatment of gingivitis and periodontal disease
    • The endodontic treatment (or retreatment) of teeth with chronic infections
    • Professional dental cleaning and the removal of dental tartar (scaling)
    • The oral hygiene status is checked and, if necessary, guidance on how to improve it is given
    • The extraction of the teeth that can no longer be conservatory treated

    These operations are added to the final cost but should not be neglected.

!!!The exact cost of an implant supported restoration can be determined after a complete medical examination.

Last review and update: February 2019

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