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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost in Vancouver and Are They Expensive?

It is a common question that we get from people in Burnaby and throughout Metro Vancouver – how much do dental implants cost? There are a number of determinants but we will give you a quick answer: Implant treatment costs vary widely – from under $4,500 to well over $20,000. On this page, you will find out all the factors that go into how much your dental implant treatment plan will cost.

If you would like to get more detailed information about your case specifically, fill out the form on the right or call the phone number you see at the top of this page to book an appointment with Dr. Balogh.

dental implant with crownDental implant procedures vary from very simple to very complex – this affects total cost. In some cases we can place your implants immediately, in others, we may need to rebuild bone that has atrophied before we can place your implants. Other factors affecting cost include the type of prosthetics (artificial teeth) we use and the number of implants that you need.

And how many implants you “need” can also vary from dentist to dentist., based on their training, experience and dental “philosophy.” For example, some dentists will build a full arch of permanent teeth supported by only four implants.

A Note from Dr. Balogh on How Many Dental Implants You Need:

“However, in my opinion, and also based on long term studies, there is a greater risk of failure if you only use four implants. There are always exceptions to the rule, but even long term studies (and in my opinion common sense) indicate no less than  6-8 implants for a full arch of teeth. (I now have many patients in my practice for whom I placed and restored a full arch with permanent implant supported teeth using 6-8 implants, and these were all done around 20 years ago today, from about 1993-1998.

There are many others but I am just mentioning the long term cases. Very few of these have had any problems or issues over the course of ~15-20 years and all are still functioning today.”

Cost Ranges For Dental Implant Treatments

Implant treatments vary widely – from under $4,500 to well over $20,000. Therefore, it’s important to request an estimate that includes the total cost to complete treatment. For example, some dentists tend to provide quotes for service which do not include work they don’t do but you may need, such as bone grafting. In these scenarios, you could in fact end up paying much more than you anticipated for your new smile.

Some estimates may be given as a “cost-plus,” in other words there may be a clinic fee as well as a separate material and laboratory costs. With the cost of some materials being very expensive ($300-$1000+) this can be a very large unknown. Personally, I find this type of estimate difficult to present, let alone to be on the receiving end, so we present fixed estimates that are inclusive of all costs to complete treatment from beginning to end. Although this makes places the risk on us, I have done this long enough to be able to be very precise in these things.

Tooth implants are usually more costly than traditional alternatives. The implant cost varies on a number of factors including the type of implant and procedure, how many teeth you need to be replaced, which teeth you need to be replaced and the number of implants that are vital to support these teeth. Once you come in for a consultation and talk with Dr. Balogh, he will be able to provide you with an estimate of your dental implant cost.

At VCCID, we handle all aspects of treatment in our offices. This results in lower costs and less stress for our patients, since only one dentist is needed. To learn more about costs for your implant needs, contact us for a no obligation consultation.

Implant bridge replacing missing molarsX ray showing implant bridge on left
Implant bridge
replacing missing molars
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implant bridge on left

Why Dental Implants? – And Are They Worth The Cost?

Dental implants are an option if you have missing teeth. Losing a tooth creates a gap that can affect how you look and how you chew. More importantly, in the long-term teeth will shift, move and the forces on the remaining teeth is increased. This can lead to even more tooth loss in the future…it can become a rapid spiral to having no teeth at all and eventually to dentures. To make matters worse, tooth loss can also lead to bone loss affecting the fit of dentures or making implant solutions more complicated and expensive. Nobody wants anything to do with that.

What dental implants do is provide a safe and reliable foundation for fixed or replacement teeth.

safe and reliable foundation – dental implants

They improve your smile, self-esteem, speech, comfort and more. They also make it easier for you to chew and therefore, properly digest food. They also improve oral health by making it easier to clean between teeth and they do not require changes to nearby healthy teeth in order to be installed.

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Permanent and durable
  • Can be more cost effective over many years
  • Natural and comfortable fit
  • Look and function more like regular teeth
  • Require less maintenance
  • Don’t require modifications to adjacent teeth

Now, the big question remains: Is there value in getting implants? The long-term cost of dental implants can be much greater if you don’t get them. Take all the benefits we mentioned above and flip them around. There’s not a single person who wants to have to deal with the discomfort, impaired speech, and other terrible disadvantages associated with leaving things as is.

So while there’s an economic cost of getting dental implants, there’s a functional, esthetic, emotional and psychological cost of not getting them. And we find that the latter cost (of not getting implants) is too high for patients to ignore.

model of dental implant in mouth

Examining the Case of a Past Dental Implant Patient at VCCID

Mae is one patient we treated many years ago. She was 85 years old at the time and could no longer eat comfortably with her dentures. She inquired about implants ~20 years earlier at another office and became frightened. She finally became convinced and comfortable with the process after we reviewed everything with her. After her treatment she told us that “she wished she had done it 20 years earlier.”

As long as the treatment plan is ideal and based on long-term studies and scientific principles and protocol, you can expect good to excellent long-term results. We do not have people tell us that they regret their decision. If they did, it would really make me reconsider whether I am providing a valuable service to my patients.

Is There A Guarantee?

With proper placement techniques, we find few of our patients ever have problems with their dental implants. Nonetheless, if an implant is placed and fails to integrate, we will replace it at no cost to you. We do everything we can to ensure your treatment plan is right for you, in particular for long-term success.

replacing failed dental implants

We place your implants and educate you on proper home care techniques. We also recommend follow-up appointments to evaluate your continued dental health. But ultimately, long-term implant success depends on you. This usually means brushing your teeth and implants and getting a professional cleaning and check-up regularly. Take care of your new teeth at home and you’ll be happy with your smile for years to come.

Get Dental Implants in Vancouver

Dr. Peter Balogh and the team at Vancouver Centre for Cosmetic Implant Dentistry are dedicated to brighter smiles. We offer dental care, including more holistic procedures like getting dental implants. We know that economic times can be tough for some and the cost of dental implants is important to you. We’re dedicated to making sure you get dental implants in Vancouver that don’t hurt you in the wallet or purse!

At VCCID, we handle all aspects of treatment in our offices. This results in lower costs and less stress for our patients, since only one dentist is needed. To learn more about costs for your implant needs, contact us for a no obligation consultation.