Tooth implants are quickly becoming an affordable and natural alternative to inconvenient and bulky dentures.
According to the American Academy of Dentistry, over 3 million Americans have dental implants, and another 500,000 will receive implants this year alone.
Dental implants are believed to be placed successfully 98% of the time. In addition, they provide the same strength as real teeth, unlike dentures, which only provide 50%.
Dentists offering tooth implants can be found all over North America. In addition, many dental professionals also offer free consultations, so do not hesitate to call them today.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are used to replace tooth roots and provide a foundation for replacement teeth. Unlike dentures or dental bridges, they are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. They are also the most effective tooth replacement option, are natural looking, and are easy to take care of.
Dental Implants Parts
- Titanium Implant – placed into the jawbone and becomes part of the bone itself within 4-6 months
- Abutment – the permanent connector that supports the tooth
- Crown– the prosthetic tooth itself
Types of Dental Implants
Endosteal – These are the most common dental implants, however they require a healthy jawbone. During the procedure, a titanium post is surgically implanted into the jawbone, resulting in the most stable tooth. The Endosteal process is also simpler than the Subperiosteal procedure.
Within the Endosteal group, 2 different sized implants exist; Standard Size Implants, and Mini Dental Implants. Their use depends on the health and size of the jawbone.
Standard Dental Implants – These are most effective in securing the tooth and supporting the jawbone from deteriorating further. They are typically larger and more expensive than mini dental implants. They range from 3.5-6 mm in size.
Mini Dental Implants – These are smaller in size and less expensive than Standard Dental Implants. They serve as an alternative for patients who have a narrower jawbone.
Subperiosteal – These are less commonly used implants. As opposed to Endosteal implants, Subperiosteal implants rest under the gum instead of being fused to the jawbone. During the process, a custom-made metal or titanium frame is attached over the jawbone and posts are attached to the frame to support the implants.
Zygomatic – These are placed in the cheekbone, when the jawbone cannot support the implant. These do not require bone grafting and can be completed in one session.
All-On-4 Implants – These are considered the newest technology in dental implants. An acrylic, composite, or porcelain arch is built on a titanium frame. There is no need for bone grafting and most patients recover quickly.
Dental Implant Costs
In Canada, the basic cost of dental implants is $275-$350 CAD per single tooth.
However, depending on the complexity and additional costs, dental implants can range from $1,100 CAD for single, simple dental implant, to over $90,000 for decayed teeth, bone grafting, multiple implants, and extractions.
The crown costs between $1,000-$3,000 CAD, while a fixed bridge begins at $3,000 CAD.
Due to the complexity of the procedure, subperiosteal implants cost over $20,000 CAD, while a single All-on-4 implant costs $1,700 CAD, plus the crown.
In the US, depending on the type, basic dental implants range from $1,000-$3,000 USD. More complex cases can range from $4,500-over $20,000 USD.
For example, additional costs range from $5,000-$10,000 USD. Crowns and abutments range from $500-$3,000 USD. Simple bone grafts are $200 to $1,200, while more complex ones are $2,000 to $3,000. Simple tooth extractions range from$75 to $300, while surgical extractions range from $150 to $650. In addition, X-Rays are $20 to $250, while more complex CT scans are $250 to $1,000.
All-on-4 implant cost between $20,000 and $30,000 USD for acyclic or composite dental implants, and between $25,000 and $35,000 USD for porcelain.
Factors Determining Cost of Dental Implants
- Geographical location
- Reputation and experience of dentist
- Complexity of the surgery, including additional procedures
- Type of implant and crown materials chosen
Additional Costs of Dental Implants
- Gum Disease – If gum disease is present, it will need to be treated before the dental implant procedure.
- Bone Loss– If there is bone loss, a bone graft will need to be performed before the procedure.
- Tooth Extractions – These may be necessary for severely injured or decayed teeth before the procedure as well.
Dental Implant Benefits
- Convenient – Do not have to be taken out nightly, or during meals like dentures.
- Natural – Almost impossible to differentiate from real teeth.
- Comfortable – Unlike dentures, they become part of your jawbone.
- Less Maintenance– Less maintenance is required in the long term, which will also save money.
- Improved Speech – No more slurring and mumbling from slipped dentures.
- Improved Oral Hygiene – Surrounding teeth do not need to be alerted and it is easy to floss in between teeth as well.
- Long Lasting – Durable and permanent.
Technological advances in dentistry have led to tooth implants now being more affordable and natural looking than ever.