Dental implants are now more reasonably priced, and the cost of care has decreased recently. However, it can be challenging to tell whether the offer you have is for high-quality dental care at a fair price given the vast variety of cost estimations and price comparisons available online. This guide will provide you with an overview of the information you need to know regarding implant costs so that you can make an informed decision if you are thinking about getting dental implants for either medical or cosmetic reasons.
Safe, clinical validated high-quality dental implants from reputable companies are a permanent solution but can come at a significant cost. The final price depends on a number of factors. If an advertised price or offer seems too good to be true, there are usually additional parameters to consider. In order to help you determine if a price for a dental implant is reasonable, we will briefly describe what is involved in the process and analyze the factors that contribute to the cost.
Factors that affect the cost of Dental Implants.
The final cost is determined primarily by the implant material, treatment plan, and the following factors. But how significant is the cost of implants when they are a permanent solution with proper care, whereas a bridge lasts about 10 to 15 years?
A dental implant is a man-made tooth that is implanted into the jawbone to replace a natural tooth and root. A dental implant is made up of three parts, the cost of which varies depending on the quality of the materials used:
- the implant itself, which replaces the root of the tooth.
- the overlying crown, bridge or denture that replaces the missing teeth (prosthetic restoration).
- The abutment that connects the implant to the prosthetic work.
After the implant is placed in the jawbone, it is left for three to six months to heal and integrate into the bone. Once the implant has osseointegrated into the bone, the dentist will attach the abutment and prosthetic restoration to the dental implant so that it looks and functions like a natural tooth.
Dental implants are a unique medical device for which strict manufacturing standards must be met. It has been established that the surface of implants must be as clean as possible at the microscopic level in order to be successfully bonded to the bone (osseointegration). To avoid long-term complications, the various prosthetic components supported by the implants must have an absolute fit at the millionth of a meter (μm) level. As a result, we chose Nobel Biocare, a leading implant manufacturer with a nearly 60-year presence, for our clinic. The use of such high-quality implants and prosthetic components influences the cost and final price of dental implants.
The cost is also shaped by each patient’s treatment plan. There are techniques and procedures where, under certain conditions, it is possible to place a prosthetic work at the same time as the implant is placed (immediate loading), as well as procedures to extract a damaged tooth with simultaneous placement of the implant (immediate implant placement).
These techniques are provided by experienced and specialized teams of dentists (implantologist, prosthodontist, etc.) and, understandably, have an increased cost.
What is the average cost of dental implants.
The table below shows the average cost in euros for different dental implants in a certified medical facility in each of the following countries.
The average cost is for a single tooth implant that includes a prosthetic abutment and simple prosthetic work but does not include temporary prosthetic work or bone grafts. But why is there such a wide price disparity across the globe? Before jumping to conclusions, consider the following factors that influence treatment costs. Prices vary significantly depending on the quality of implant materials, the patient’s oral health status, and the quality of dental services. Also, dentist fees vary by country; the cost of providing dental implant services in the UK, for example, is different than in Greece, where prices have dropped significantly in recent years due to the financial crisis.
The factors that determine the final cost and prices of dental implants.
Why should you rely on a qualified dentist, and what factors affect dental implant costs? There are a number of factors, including tooth location and materials, that can affect how much dental implants cost.
1. SPECIALIZED CARE
For specialized dental care, you are paying. It is advisable to select a dental office with dentists who are highly skilled to carry out the procedure. Any potential complications and side effects from the procedure should be disclosed to patients, and a good dentist should make themselves reachable if you have any questions or concerns following the procedure.
A dentist with advanced training in implant dentistry should perform dental implant surgery. When performed by a qualified Dentist – Prosthodontist, the prosthetic restoration placed over the implants has excellent aesthetic and functional results. These experts have additional specialized training, so their rates might be higher.
To be clear, there are different costs associated with hiring a team of skilled implant dental surgeons versus a dentist who has only taken a few short-term tooth implantation seminars.
2. PROSTHETIC MATERIALS
The material used to make the prosthetic restorations (crowns, bridges) that are supported by dental implants can have a big impact on the overall cost of your treatment.
Modern prosthetic restorations are made of metal, porcelain, or special ceramic materials. More expensive solutions are typically more aesthetically pleasing and last for a longer period of time.
The implant surface material, implant morphology, and how they connect to the prosthetic work vary according to the patient’s specific needs. For example, if periodontal disease has caused bone loss in your jaw, you may require a different type of implant, treatment of gum disease, or even bone regeneration to ensure the success and longevity of your dental implant.
3. NUMBER OF MISSING TEETH AND THEIR POSITION
The procedure’s cost is determined by the number of teeth to be restored and the location of the missing tooth or teeth. Treating more teeth at once may lower the overall cost. Front tooth restoration, which has high aesthetic requirements, usually necessitates the collaboration of several dental specialties, and the final cost may be higher.
The dental specialist will assess the health of the teeth and jaw bones during the initial evaluation and present a treatment plan. It is critical that the quote you receive refers to the total cost of the treatment. Materials, anesthesia, professional fees, and any necessary scans and x-rays should all be included in the price.
Tell the dentist about any previous problems you’ve had with your teeth or gums, and ask to see previous work they’ve done. Also, ask if the work comes with any type of guarantee, and if so, for how long. It’s also a good idea to inquire about possible future replacements after the warranty has expired. Ensure that you receive a detailed quote in writing.
4. X-RAYS AND CT SCANS
Prior to surgical placement of dental implants, special diagnostic imaging, such as simple panoramic or intraoral radiographs and sometimes a special Dental Cone Beam CT scan (CBCT), will be required. Diagnostic tests have an impact on the overall cost of treatment. If your oral health professional does not request specific imaging for this treatment, you should find another dentist.
5. LOCAL ANESTHESIA
Surgical placement of dental implants is usually performed under local anesthesia. In some cases, some form of simple sedation (intoxication) or general anesthesia in a hospital setting may be chosen. In such cases, anesthesiologist and hospitalization fees alter the final cost.
6. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
The cost of post-operative medication is relatively low and is largely covered by insurance funds.
7. DENTAL IMPLANT AND PROSTHETIC RESTORATION
The dental implant that replaces the tooth root, the prosthetic restoration that restores the visible part of the tooth, and the prosthetic abutment that connects the implant to the prosthetic restoration make up a dental implant restoration.
As previously stated, a high-quality implant is more expensive than a low-quality implant that does not guarantee long-term durability.
Be cautious, because some clinics only include the cost of the implant in the initial offer, leaving out the cost of the prosthesis (crowns, bridges, or dentures on implants).
8. BONE GRAFTS AND SINUS ELEVATION
In many cases the bone is insufficient at the site where the implant is to be placed. Bone grafts and sinus elevation procedures aim to increase the bone dimensions at the site where the implant will be placed. These procedures are usually performed prior to implant placement. Naturally, these procedures increase the final cost of the treatment and require highly skilled personnel to perform them.
9. USE OF SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FOR IMPLANT SURGERY – COMPUTER GUIDED IMPLANTOLOGY
Dental clinics where high-tech equipment is used offer special dental implant restoration protocols. The combination of a special Dental CT scan (Cone Beam CT scan) with Oral Scanning and 3D printers provides significant benefits for the patient, without significantly altering the final cost of treatment.
It is now possible, with the use of special surgical guides, to place implants in complete safety with tiny incisions, the prosthetic restoration can be planned even before the implant surgery and the final restoration can be delivered within 24 hours. See also how to get teeth in a day with the All-on-4 method.
Select well-organized dental clinics with specialized dental implant departments and high patient traffic. These clinics are usually able to put together specialized teams of dentists, use high-quality dental laboratories, and invest in cutting-edge dental equipment.
Finally, dental implants are not a fixed-price product; their cost is determined by the quality of materials, dental services, and the needs of each patient’s treatment plan. Given the current economic situation, our clinic offers reasonable prices while maintaining extremely high quality in materials and services.
Prices for dental implants abroad (Bulgaria, Skopje, Albania etc.)
Greece’s northern land borders with Albania, Skopje, and Bulgaria allow for lower-cost access to dental services. Patients from all over Greece visit ADVANCED IMPLANT CLINICS in search of solutions to problems caused by previous dental treatments. Many of these have been carried out in neighboring countries where the initial cost appeared to be lower.
In 2023, we live in a highly networked society. Anyone (usually an intermediary agent) can now set up a website and try to send patient-clients to neighboring countries. Destination countries typically have little to no controls on both the licensing and operation of health care facilities, as well as the control of medical devices in their markets, in addition to lower initial prices on implants and other services.
In internet searches, you will almost certainly come across aggressive advertising for Total Restoration with “cheap” Dental Implants in neighboring countries such as Bulgaria and Skopje. We make no criticism of such medical tourism companies.
Please read the following to help you evaluate the solutions and estimate treatment costs and implant prices for Total Tooth Restoration with Implants – All-On-4® protocol:
The All-On-4® treatment protocol has a success rate of more than 97%, which outperforms all other traditional approaches. It includes any extractions that are required, as well as immediate implantation and loading (fixed bridge connection).
The requirements to ensure the literature referred success rates are:
- Specially trained and experienced implant surgeons & prosthodontists. It is internationally accepted that for a surgical team to be able to engage in this technique they must have placed more than 1000 simple implants.
- Nobel Biocare® specially designed implants (the only implants designed for Bi-cortical bone anchorage). It is the only implant system with over 25 years of studies exclusively on this protocol. Any other implant system advertised as being of the “type” All-On-4® is misusing or misleadingly using the relevant protocol name.
- Unique prosthetic restoration constructed on a titanium framework (Nobel Procera® CAD/CAM). This framework is elastomeric, similar to the jawbone, and ensures a passive fit; otherwise, fractures of the prosthetic restoration are common over time. Because “type” All-On-4® treatments deliver a simple acrylic denture (denture) as a permanent prosthesis, which lacks the specifications required for a permanent solution, special care is required. Please keep in mind that standard metal or ceramic (zirconia) frameworks are not recommended for full mouth rehabilitation.
- The prosthetic work should be screwed, not glued, to the implants, and have a special design on the part that comes into contact with the gums, so that the cleaning/maintenance protocol can be followed every six months, just like a simple tooth cleaning.
It is certain that in order to adhere to all of the protocols of modern Dental Implantology in each individualized case, to use Safe and Certified medical devices, and to provide Medical Service by properly trained providers, it is unrealistic to expect the cost of dental implants to vary significantly from country to country when it comes to the same service.
Do you want dental implants but are worried about the cost? Prices in Greece have become more affordable in recent years as a result of the crisis. To replace missing teeth, you can inquire about the financing options we provide, such as interest-free installments or other solutions.
Everything you need to know before visiting the dentist: