Dental Implants – Are They Expensive?
We frequently receive the same question from people in Burnaby and 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 – from under $4,500 to well over $20,000.
Most would say that the advantages of dental implants far outweigh the initial cost. Dental implants give you the freedom to talk, laugh, eat and smile, after tooth loss. On this page, you will learn more about 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 at the top of this page to book an appointment with Dr. Balogh, our dental implant specialist in Vancouver.
A Note from Dr. Balogh…
“In my opinion, and 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 long term studies indicate no less than 6-8 implants for a full arch of teeth. I have placed and restored full arches with permanent implant supported teeth using 6-8 implants around 20 years ago, from about 1993-1998. Very few of these have had any problems or issues over the course of 15-20 years and all are still functioning today.”
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implant procedures vary from very simple to very complex, which affects total cost. In some cases we can place your implants immediately, in others, we may need to rebuild bone that has atrophied before placing your implants. Other factors affecting cost include the type of prosthetics (artificial teeth) we use and the number of implants that you need.
The number of 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, whereas some will make the arch more secure by placing six.
The dental implant procedure is thus, not always straightforward, the more complex the individual case, the more it could cost. However, once placed, dental implants can last for over 20 years. Learn more about the details of dental implant surgery in this helpful article.
Cost Ranges for Dental Implants
Implant treatment costs can range from $4,500 to $20,000
Dental implant treatments vary widely, which is why it’s important to request an estimate that includes the total cost of completing treatment. For example, some dentists provide quotes that don’t include additional work you may need, such as bone grafting. In these scenarios, you could end up paying much more than you anticipated for your new smile.
Some estimates may be given as a “cost-plus,” meaning that there may be a clinic fee in addition to separate material and laboratory costs. Some materials are expensive ($300-$1000+), which makes estimates difficult to both present and receive. This is why VCCID presents fixed estimates that include every cost of completing treatment from beginning to end. Although this places the risk of additional costs on us, we have done this long enough to be very precise in our estimates when it comes to dental implant surgery.
Tooth implants are usually more costly than traditional alternatives like dentures. The implant cost in Vancouver relies on a number of factors, including the type of implant and procedure, how many teeth need to be replaced, which teeth need to be replaced, and the number of implants that are required to support these teeth. Once you come in for a consultation and speak 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 consultation.
Why Dental Implants? Are They Worth the Cost?
Dental implants provide a safe foundation to fix or replace teeth.
Dental implants are a great option for those with missing teeth. Losing a tooth affects how you look and how you chew. More importantly, in the long-term, teeth shift and the forces on your remaining teeth will increase. This can lead to further tooth loss in the future. You can rapidly spiral to having no teeth at all, and might eventually require dentures. To make matters worse, tooth loss can also lead to bone loss, making implant solutions more complicated and expensive.
What dental implants do is provide a safe and reliable foundation for fixed or replacement teeth. They improve your smile, self-esteem, speech, and comfort while improving general oral health.
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
“I was 85 years old and could no longer eat comfortably with my dentures when I came to VCCID. I had inquired about implants 20 years earlier at another office and became frightened. After speaking with Dr. Baloch, I was convinced. My implants have changed my life. I only wish I had done the process 20 years ago.”
– Mae, Past Dental Implant Patient
Is There A Guarantee?
As long as the treatment plan is ideal and based on scientific principles and protocol, you can expect excellent long-term results. Dental implant placement is a relatively straightforward procedure and requires only a brief recovery period. With proper placement techniques, 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.
If the implant does fail, there are many ways to salvage an implant and properly correct it. We have published an article that shares a guide on the process of salvaging a failed implant.
However, implant failure is rare. 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 professional cleanings and check-ups regularly. If you take care of your new teeth at home, you’ll be happy with your smile for years to come.
Not all dental implants are created equal
VCCID in Burnaby is the place to come for any of your dental problems. From the meticulous maintenance of your healthy mouth to the restoration of a better smile.
Dr. Balogh and his team are equipped and have 25 years of experience to help you.