Cost of dental implants in Costa Rica

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What is a dental implant?

dental implant is a titanium screw that serves as a tooth root within your jaw. Once the implant is surgically placed, bone cells grow around its threads and over the course of some months harden into bone. The implant then becomes a fixed part of your body and it can be used to support a crown, a bridge, or a denture.

Advantages of dental implants

A dental implant is a great option to replace your missing tooth for several reasons. First of all, it is a long-lasting investment because once the implant is integrated into hard bone it becomes part of you, and with good care it will serve its purpose for many years. Unlike dentures or partials, a dental implant involves inexpensive maintenance, since regular cleanings, brushing, and flossing will do the trick. Finally, since an implant permits an individual restoration, other teeth will not be involved in the replacement of the missing tooth, as in the case of bridges or partials.

Cost for dental implants

There are many advantages to get a dental implant, but no one will deny they have a reputation for costliness.  The reason dental implants are expensive is that they are a product of continuous scientific investigation performed by different brand houses. Dental implants are not just titanium screws. There has been thought and experimentation behind their shape, their material, their design, and their methods of placement. This applied knowledge is ordered toward higher success rates and greater safety for the patient.  

In addition, the placement and restoration of dental implants always involves many parts. These are tools that help the dentist and the lab create a functional product. Without these, the implant is virtually useless. They include burs, screws, copings, analogs, wrenches, and caps. Not to mention that each of these must be purchased separately, and each size and brand of implant will require a new set.

Technically speaking, the cost for a dental implant involves only the fee for the implant and its surgical placement. However, most patients refer to the cost of a completed implant case when they inquire about its cost. To clarify, we will divide the treatment into three stages:  extraction and bone preparation, the surgical placement of the implant, and the final restoration.

Dental Procedure United States Costa Rica Duration
Titanium Dental Implant$5,000 $800 1 Day
Abutment and crown $3,950 $770 3-5 days
Crown over implant $1,600 $420 5 Days
Fixed Implant Supported Denture - One Arch (All-on-4) $30,000-$40,000 $13,000-$14,000 8 days
Fixed Implant Supported Denture - Two Arches (Full mouth restoration) $60,000-$80,000 $26,000-$30,000 8 days
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The dental extraction and bone graft

At the Costa Rica Dental Team, we believe in endosteal implants. This means they are placed within the hard bone of your jaw and left to integrate for some months. For this reason, your bone must meet some minimal requirements in order to have a successful implant. Some patients require very little, if any, bone preparation; some require extensive grafts. This happens when you have had bone loss, and your jaw ridge is either too thin or too short to fit the diameter and length of an implant. Similarly, there are some who can get implants immediately and some who cannot. We always try to place your implant on the first visit, except when this might compromise its success. At the Costa Rica Dental Team the cost for bone grafts ranges between $250 and $2000, depending on how extensive the bone reconstruction might be.
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The implant placement

The surgical placement of an implant includes its cost and the surgeon´s fees. Implants are fabricated and distributed by many houses. Their brand may or may not be familiar to you but this and the type of technology employed will influence the final cost. The brand and type, also called system, will be of great importance to the final restoration because their cost and availability will ultimately be transferred to the final price. Common brands in the United States include Nobel Biocare, BioHorizons, Zimmer, Intralock, Straumann and 3i. In the United States, each can start at nearly $1500. In order to keep costs reasonable, we employ brands that are distributed in Costa Rica but available in the United States too. Their cost ranges between $800- $1200.
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The final dental restoration

The final restoration is the stage that actually replaces your missing tooth. The implant was placed at bone level and after a few days it will be partially or fully covered with gum tissue. Once the implant has integrated, usually several months after placement, and uncovered, the dentist prepares to place the abutment. This is a part or set of parts that connect the implant to the surface of the mouth and that serves as support for the final restoration, be it a crown, a bridge, or even an implant-supported denture. Now, the abutment must be of the same system as was used for the implant, or they must be compatible. They sometimes even require customization, which may add to the cost. The restorative stage offers the greatest variety of options because this is where it adapts to your needs. For example, if you are missing only one tooth, a crown will suffice. If you are missing three adjacent teeth, a bridge over implants will fill in the gap. If you are missing a whole arch of teeth, an All on 4 or All on 6 will return your smile.

A single crown over implant with us ranges between $700 and $1500. For a full arch fixed denture in Costa Rica you can have the two arches done for the price of one at your local dentist. Keep in mind these fees include the restoration, abutments, and all necessary parts.

Our dentists are concerned that your new teeth have a natural look and feel.  For this reason, at the Costa Rica Dental Team, we use only full-porcelain or ceramic crowns that are custom-made at our onsite lab. For implant-supported dentures, we use high end materials, like the Crystal Ultra, whose functionality and esthetics surpass other materials. Even though you are getting the best quality with us, you will still save considerable money, and with the help of our lab, we can do so at unbeatable turnaround times. The cost for our dental implants make possible for you to settle only for the best.

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