How much does a dental implant really cost?

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Each year, several thousand dental implants are performed in Canada. Implantation techniques continue to develop and are increasingly successful. Certainly more expensive than removable prostheses, these devices guarantee unequaled comfort, aesthetics, and reliability. 

If the price of a dental implant fluctuates between $1,500 and $4,500 in Quebec dentists, this amount varies according to many factors (number of implants to be placed, treatment plan, etc.)

Costs related to the placement of dental implants

The price of the dental implant itself amounts to $1200 on average. This element designed in titanium serves as a support for the replacement tooth, the crown, the price of which can reach $2,000. This device must also be maintained by a prosthetic pillar in the amount of $300 to $500.

Some ancillary costs should be added to the cost of the prosthesis. Indeed, surgical intervention requires the realization of X-rays and 3D scans. In addition, they may be required to perform one or more extractions or even a bone graft or a filling of the sinuses.

Be aware that costs related to dentures and dental implants are eligible for tax credits.

Variable prices depending on the structure

Dental implantology is generally practiced by dental surgeons or specialists in maxillofacial surgery and stomatology. A number of practices nevertheless choose to devote themselves exclusively to implantology in order to reduce their costs and offer more attractive prices than private practitioners.

In addition, some university hospitals and schools of dentistry offer less expensive services performed by students. Each intervention remains supervised by qualified and experienced professionals. These services are offered as a priority to people with low incomes, leading to waiting times of several months. 

Geographic disparities

The dental implant price differs according to the geographical area. On average, fares charged in major urban centers remain higher than those offered in the suburbs. The dental implant price also varies by country. 

Some Spanish or Hungarian clinics charge prices 40 to 60% lower than those on the American market. Surgical intervention performed abroad nevertheless has many disadvantages. In particular, compliance with health rules and the level of qualification of practitioners cannot be guaranteed.

The different implantation techniques

Juxtaosseous or subperiosteal implants are placed directly on the jaw bone, in a single step. This technique allows immediate loading. However, it is not suitable for all patients since it requires sufficient bone quality and volume. It is therefore generally used in the lower jaw or when the bone appears too short to be drilled.

This is why we propose to resort most often to endosseous or endosteal implants. These threaded devices, in the form of cylinders or cones, are introduced into the maxillary bone by screwing or impacting. Unlike juxta-osseous implants, their placement requires two surgeries a few months apart. 

Why get a dental implant?

The placement of dental implants can be offered to patients whose one or more teeth have been extracted. The reason is not only aesthetic: the dental implant makes it possible to regain comfortable chewing abilities. This also prevents adjacent teeth from compensating by raising, for example. 

Is it painful?

The placement of dental implants is performed under local anesthesia and is painless. 

When to get a dental implant? Who to consult?

After a medical examination and the realization of a panoramic X-ray (or even a CT scan of the jaw), the dentist determines whether or not he can place a dental implant.

The possible care of the teeth and gums is then carried out because the mouth must be free of any pathology before considering the placement of dental implants. “The person must have perfect dental hygiene in order to limit the risk of infection and failure of the implant “, explains Dr. Jean-Luc Ardouin, dental surgeon, member of the French Society of Periodontology and Implantology oral.

“For aesthetic reasons, the implantation can be done just after the extraction of a tooth, but most often, it is planned after the bone has healed”, emphasizes Dr. Ardouin. 

Can implants replace multiple teeth?

Yes. They can respond to a partial or total tooth loss (the entire upper or lower jaw). It does not necessarily mean placing an implant for each missing tooth. “For example, two implants can stabilize a mobile denture,” says Dr. Lasry. However, the practitioner must offer you all the possible treatments so that you can choose according to your motivations… and your budget. “The major limitation to the placement of implants is the financial problem”, notes the stomatologist.

What are the advantages of an implant compared to a bridge?

It is not the same thing: the implant serves as a root, the bridge is a prosthesis (more precisely, a succession of dental crowns attached to each other). However, placing a crown on an implant can have an advantage compared to a bridge on a natural tooth: with a bridge, the dentist is often obliged to devitalize and crown the two adjacent teeth of the missing tooth. With the implant, this mutilation of two healthy teeth is avoided. In addition, the bridge generally has a shorter lifespan than implants.

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