A dental implant is essentially a small metal screw that is surgically positioned in your jaw bone and that serves as a tooth root to support a permanent restoration. It 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 requires inexpensive maintenance, as regular cleaning, 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 snap-in partials.
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.
Asking for the ¨cost¨ for a dental implant is a tricky question. Technically 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. To clarify, let us divide the treatment into three stages: Extraction and bone preparation, the surgical placement of the implant, and the restoration.
Each patient is a unique case. Some patients require very little, if any, bone preparation before they can place an implant; some require extensive grafts. Similarly, there are some who can get implants immediately and some who cannot. In the United States, this bone preparation stage can cost anywhere between $2000 and $5500. In Costa Rica, the cost of bone grafts ranges between $350 and $2000.
The surgical placement of an implant includes the cost of the implant and the surgeon´s fees. The cost per implant varies depending on the brand, but in the United States, it can start at nearly $1500. The cost per implant in Costa Rica ranges between $ 800 and $1000.
The restoration stage offers the greatest variety of options because it must adapt to your needs. For example, a single crown over the implant in the United States can cost between $1500 to $3000. An implant crown in Costa Rica ranges between $700 and $1500. A full arch fixed denture can cost in the United States between $25,000 and $40,000, whereas in Costa Rica you can have the two arches done for the price of one at your local dentist. Keep in mind these fees should include the restoration, abutments, and all necessary parts.
Help us help you. It is not easy to give a straightforward answer to what the cost of implants will be in your case. When you inquire about them, we recommend doing so alongside handy x-rays in order to get an accurate estimate. Also, make specific questions as to what kind of information you are expecting. Inquire also about the type of implants and the quality of the restoration you are getting for the quoted price. Remember to compare fairly, since the price is not the only factor to consider. It is common, for example, to see patients who invest the same they had been quoted for at home, but they were able to do considerable additional work with high-end materials and products. At Costa Rica Dental Team, we make what seemed impossible possible. Contact us today!