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Dental Implant Cost

This is a very common question; how much does a dental implant cost? Or what is the value of the implant? In fact this figure has many variables and dentists do not consider it ethical to disclose the price, without the patient being present. It is best to and find out from someone who has already placed them, how much they paid and where they went. We found an average of $ 1,600.00 for each implant but this is only a part of the total cost, which includes the denture, among others dental fees.

Regardless of the cost of the dental implant, in addition to the crown or bridge, there is always the possibility of paying by instalments and one may also choose to have the entire procedure done at a university (dental school), where the cost will be considerably less, without jeopardizing the quality of the service.

So that you do not have any unpleasant surprises, please make sure that you are given a budget and that it actually includes the artificial teeth and does not just cover the implants. It is important to know that dental implants are just the components of a whole, which is summarised as implant plus artificial tooth. The implant is a part that goes in the alveolar bone, equivalent to a root. Then comes the prosthetic part, the crown, bridge or denture, which is attached to the dental implant.

Dental implant, what is it?

Dental implants are parts in titanium* or the new ceramic zirconium implant, which artificially reproduce the roots of the teeth when integrated into the bone of the upper jaw and/or mandible. They are intended to support one or more missing teeth, even all of the teeth, making a full fixed denture.

They eliminate the need for teeth (abutment) adjacent to the space to be restored and in the case of a fully edentulous space, they allow the retention and fixation of the prostheses being insurmountable at this point.


how the dental implant works

All on 4 Implant supported denture

Although in the image above there are seven implants and two posts, it is possible to restore the teeth in each arcade with the All on 4 implants denture (Malo Clinic Protocol).

It's over the implants that are screwed (or cemented - less common) dental bridges or ceramic dental crowns (artificial or false teeth). The fixing screws are not visible on the palatine or lingual faces of the teeth because they are perfectly camouflaged with composite materials in the same shade as the teeth.

In principle, anyone is eligible to receive dental implants, but they are not a solution for all cases. Although they are indicated in any case of missing teeth and eliminate all discomfort experienced in the use of normal removable prostheses (dentures), whether total or partial.

The placement of the dental implant is done under local anaesthetic and the dental surgery does not cause pain. In the case of one implant it takes less than 1 hour. Post-surgical disconfort is minimal and easily quelled by over-the-counter analgesic.
Under normal conditions, a dental implant will last a lifetime.


* (type of metal regarded as most compatible with the human body)

Dental implant - step by step

  1. Ask your dentist about the best solution for your case. A good doctor will refer you to a periodontist or competent prosthodontist, specialised in the placement of implants. Beware of professionals who call themselves "implantologists". There is no such medical specialty in the field of dentistry.
  2. No dentist will carry out the placement of a dental implant without first fixing the teeth closest to the tooth implant and remaining teeth on the same dental arch. It is crucial for any doctor to ensure that there are no existing caries or periodontal disease, before proceeding with the implantation techniques.
  3. Firstly, multiple x-rays will be taken, in order to check the quality of the bone in the area that will be receiving the implant. This will also allow for preventing the presence of any abnormality.
  4. In some cases there may not be sufficient bone to support the dental implant. In these cases, a bone graft will be required. The bone that is removed from the patient's body has a faster integration process than other alternatives.
    The graft may be obtained from the jaw, the back of the jaw, the tibia or the pelvic bone. It is normal to have a combination of artificial bone and natural bone. Over time, the bone graft is fused into the existing bone, providing a better prepared area to receive the dental implant.
  5. Most implant surgeries are performed under local anaesthesia and cause no pain.
  6. Once the preliminary procedures are completed, an incision is made in the gum, which is then raised so as to make a cavity in the bone with the aid of a drill, in the exact location where one wants to place the implant.
  7. Next, a titanium implant is firmly screwed into the hole made with the drill and the gum is sutured and put back into place. The stitches are removed after 7 to 14 days.
  8. The dental implant is then left at rest for the tissue recover and for a full bone integration of the same. This process takes three to six months.
  9. After the recovery period, the gum is again lifted and the support for the future prosthetic tooth is screwed to the implant. The top of the support will be given a provisional crown pending the final crown.
  10. Four to six weeks later, when the gum has regained its normal state, the fixed prosthesis, whether this be a crown, a bridge, a protocol denture, a hybrid prosthesis, ball prosthesis (read more), can finally be set into place.

Problems with dental implants - reasons for loss or failure

The problems with dental implants are much less common today than they were in the past. Nowadays, the success rate of implants is an impressive 98%.
The problems that arise are usually related to bone integration. The consequences of not connecting the dental implant to the bone, can give rise to the following complications:

These are the reasons behind problems pertaining to dental implants. If something goes wrong, the implant is removed and if conditions are favourable, the zone is immediately ready to receive another implant. Otherwise, the dentist will allow for the zone to recover for a few months, until optimal conditions are again met, for a second attempt.

How many dental implants do I need?

Depends on the type of denture supported by implants. The replacement of one single tooth (crown) requires for the placement of one dental implant. The replacement of several teeth in a row requires at least two implants, depending on the extent and location of the dental bridge (fixed partial denture).

In the case of all teeth being missing from the arch, then even two implants can help with securing the dentures. However, the prosthesis will remain a removable dental prosthesis (attachment-retained denture). This situation is not recommended and may even be rejected by some dentists, due to it not being totally satisfactory and lasting.
Instead, with 4 dental implants (MALO CLINIC "All-on-4" Protocol) one can say goodbye to its old removable resin denture and have fixed teeth again (implante retained denture).

If you are intending to investing in dental implants you can consider this option although there are some dental implant clinics that prefer placing 6 dental implants. The "All-on-4" protocol has a success rate of 98%, so it is very unlikely that there should be a problem with this technique.