Dental implants Cost Varies Significantly from One Country to the Next
How much do dental implants cost?
The dental implants cost varies significantly from one country to the next, all over the world. Implant treatments in Vietnam offer some of the lowest costs, while still providing a full spectrum of high tech services and an international standard of care. Each country independently sets their pricing structure, based on what the practicing dentists are willing to accept. The doctors of course, weighing in the possible risk and overhead costs associated with the treatment, and the potential for financial rewards and profit. Other contributing factors include, the training and reputation of the doctor and his clinic, and the economic circumstances of the host country. The implant treatments and procedures being considered, and estimated volume of implant surgeries that will be performed are key elements as well. In general implants are considered a high end dental treatment, and are more expensive than more traditional alternatives such as a dental bridge or removable dentures.
When inquiring about the dental implants cost, it’s very important that you receive the total cost for the treatment. Ideally in the form of an itemized, fully specified, cost estimate from your dentist. Which should include the cost of the entire review – planning process, implant placement surgery, the abutment (superstructure of the implant), and of course your final crown. You may also require other special services or treatments, due to your oral predisposition that will increase your total costs. Such as bone grafting, growth factors and the use of a customized abutment, all or some of which could be a necessity to your successful end result.
There is another consideration that may save you money, specifically the planning of your treatment. Especially when you are considering the expense of how to replace multiple missing or diseased teeth. The placement of fewer strategically placed implants may end up being more cost effective, then using one implant per each missing tooth. Current research is showing us that using fewer implants offer other advantages besides lower costs. For example like insuring long term successful outcomes, and more importantly, allowing better access for routine cleaning and maintenance.
Now more than ever before, surgeons are opting at placing fewer implants for the restoration of multiple teeth. One example is when the All on 4 technique is used, which minimizes the number of implants needed for a full arch replacement. It also eliminates the need for bone grafting procedures.
Deciding how many and which teeth need replacement, and how many implants are required to support your prosthetic restoration, is a critical part of your treatment plan. In your situation, you may actually save money by working with a skilled surgeon, who is capable of utilizing fewer implants as an option. Rather than signing on with a surgeon who is fixed, on using the principle of a one tooth, one implant treatment plan. A well thought out and strategic plan regarding which teeth to remove, and which to save, helps save money in the long term.
So How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Around the world, the cost of a single tooth implant differs from $500 to $6000 USD, in addition to $100 to $3000 USD for the crown. At Westcoast International Dental Clinics, our all inclusive fee for a single tooth implant is about $1885 to $2285. However, if additional procedures such as bone grafts, extractions and a customized dental abutment are required, then the price can easily inflate to $5000 to $15,000 USD for a single tooth area.
Please note some examples of the single implant cost by country, shown below for a perspective on the cost disparity from country to country (the numbers used were first issued in 2015 and of course currencies are valued differently now).
- Vietnam $900 to $3000 USD
- Canada $3200 to $4000 USD
- USA $3000 to $4000 USD
- UK $2500 to $4000 USD
- Thailand $1800 to $2100 USD
- Japan $2400 to $4000 USD
All on 4 Implant Technique, cost by country:
- Vietnam $4000 to $17000 USD
- Japan $20,500 to $25,000 USD
- Australia $30,000 to $50,000 USD
- Canada $45,000 to $60,000 USD
- USA $28,000 to $50, 000 USD
There is a considerable difference in the quality and price of certain brands of implants. Big brand names such as Straumann, tend to be more costly than competitive manufactures. When evaluating the cost for the All on 4 technique, it is vitally important to ask your dentist what the final restoration includes. All on 4 prosthetic’s vary hugely from a plastic resin based material, placed on a metal frame, to the top of the line full milled zirconium, fitted on a titanium framed bridge.
What does the full price include?
There are some dentists who advertise their dental implants at a single cost of $1000 USD. However, when examining the price more closely, this often only includes the cost for implant placement. Be sure to ask the dentist offering the quotation, if his cost includes the price for the abutment and crown. It’s important when cost comparing implants from various clinics, that you take the following points into consideration:
- How much experience does the surgeon have with implant procedures and treatment?
- What are the guarantees and follow up long term care associated with the procedure?
- How many dental implant placement surgeries has the surgeon / clinic performed in the past?
Generally more experienced surgeons offering a high level of service will charge more for their time.
What Type of Dental Implant Should be Used?
Depending on which brand your surgeon chooses to use, the cost can vary a few hundred dollars (approximately). The are several well known manufactures, such as Astra, Nobel Biocare, Implant Direct, Dentsply, Straumann and Bicon. Essentially, they’re all priced differently, mainly because of the marketing and manufactures sales force expenses, associated with each product. Many of the best clinics in Vietnam, like Westcoast International, carry or have access to all of the big name brands.
The design of a dental implant is very important, and their functionality has significantly improved, especially compared with their predecessors from forty or so years ago. Now days most of the major manufacturers are using a very similar high tech design style.
The general rule of thumb in the selection process, is 90% your surgeon’s preference and 10% the particular implant brand. The reality is, failures can occur with any implant system. However, there is a general consensus between experts, that certain designs favor longer lasting bone stability. For example, a rigid connection between the implant and the abutment is proven to prevent bone loss around an implant. In addition, surface characteristics associated with certain implants, can either be supportive or detrimental to your long term success.
Knowledge of what a chosen system can or cannot do, and the ease of it’s placement and restoration. Is part of your dental team’s ability to insure the system is successful 100% of the time. We well aware your not an expert in the realm of implant technology. After all, there is a lot of advertising and marketing being implemented by each dental implant company. Thankfully, we have lots of experience and there is plenty of research available to help us make prudent decisions. Our goal at Westcoast, is to educate and support you, so together we’ll make the highest and best choices for your unique case.