Cost of Dental Implants
When considering the cost of dental implants and comparing quotes, there are several important points that should be kept in mind.
When comparing the cost of dental implants to other tooth replacement methods such as dentures and bridges, it is important to take into consideration the longevity offered by dental implants that is not always afforded by other, more traditional methods.
While dentures and bridges are initially less expensive, their affordability can be short-lived. Generally the success rate of these options is lower than dental implants over the long term.
Jaw Bone Health
Over time, when a tooth is missing, the jaw bone deteriorates. So while a denture or bridge may seem to function similarly to a tooth, the underlying bone slowly shrinks away. This can result in the distortion of the shape of a person’s jaw, leading to additional cosmetic costs down the road.
On the other hand, dental implants are made of titanium, which actually integrates with the jaw bone, and maintains the jaw bone. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the mouth, lessening problems in the future.
Quality of Life
Dental implants can be seen as a long-term investment in terms of quality of life. A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth. In addition to allowing the patient to eat the same healthy foods he or she has always enjoyed, it also eliminates the day-to-day hassles and possible embarrassment that are frequently caused by dentures.
Comparing Dental Implant Quotes
There are several steps (and often multiple professionals) involved in the placement of a dental implant. When comparing quotes, it’s important to factor in the cost of each of these steps:
- Consultation and office visits
- Tooth/root extraction
- Bone and soft tissue grafting
- Placement of the dental implant
- Post-surgical care
- Brand of dental implants used
- Temporary crown/prosthesis while implant is healing (optional)*
- Placement of the final crown/prosthesis (replacement teeth)*
- Brand of components for the crown/prosthesis*
- Dental lab and the materials used for constructing the crown/prosthesis*
Please note that we use Nobel Biocare and Straumann dental implants and components. These are two well-established, well-respected Swiss companies that have been making implants for decades and have many research studies supporting the long-term success of their implants. If you have a referring dentist who requests a different implant brand, we may use that brand instead.
Please be aware that some implant brands are smaller companies that may not be available in many countries. This may be a problem if that implant requires maintenance/servicing or additional care and the patient is outside of Canada. Nobel Biocare and Straumann are global companies with their implants, implant parts, and service team available in most countries of the world. In addition, smaller implant companies may not be in business in the future. In this situation, it may be impossible to service/maintain that implant in the future due to unavailability of parts and manufacturer support.
Our fees include all post-surgical appointments, post-surgical x-rays, and include one follow up appointment approximately one year after surgical healing is complete.
* A denturist, general dentist or prosthodontist will provide these services. Thus, an estimate must be obtained from them.
Schedule Your Consultation
The only way to receive an accurate price estimate is to call us and come in for a consultation. Each patient’s case is unique and requires individualized evaluation and treatment. Please call us at Richmond Office Phone Number 604-248-5180 to schedule your consultation.