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Why Are Dental Implants Expensive?

The various factors contributing to the expense of dental implants

Why are dental implants so expensive? This is a common question posed by those who are considering undergoing the procedure. The expense of implants can be attributed to several factors, including the complex and labour intensive nature of the procedure, longevity of the implants and price differentials that are further explained below.

Complex and labour intensive procedure

Implant dentistry is more complex than traditional dentistry, coming within the category of restoration dentistry. The specialised nature of a dental implant procedure requires the skills of an oral surgeon, periodontist, or a dentist trained in implantology.

Dental implants require a tremendous amount of time, planning and work to be undertaken in a number of stages, in order to achieve a successful implantation. An initial consultation incorporating dental imaging is required in order to develop a customised treatment plan for the patient. Two implant appointments are generally required, one to place the titanium implant into the jaw and the other to situate the crown and abutment. Subsequent procedures may also be required, such as adjustment to the implant.

 Longevity

The initial outlay for the procedure is balanced by the longevity of this treatment option for dental restoration. Implants have significant strength and are not prone to decay. Alternative options such as bridges have a shorter lifespan and must be replaced on a more frequent basis. The longevity of the implants makes it a worthwhile, cost-effective option in the long-term.

Price differentials

Considerable price differentials with regard to the provision of the procedure exist, due to the level of competition and geographical area of the treatment provider.

To stay competitive, treatment providers may publicise and quote implant prices at a level below that of other close providers. However, it is important to comprehend the extent of services that are being outlined by the provider. Treatment providers may advertise a price for the entirety of dental implant work, which incorporates the cost of the initial consultation, subsequent appointments and material. This price may seem expensive in comparison to other providers, who may only outline the price for the placing of the implant during an appointment.

The geographical area in which a treatment provider operates can also have a sizeable effect upon the price quoted for dental implants. The price for dental implants in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States is considerably higher than that charged in countries such as Mexico, Thailand and India. Dental tourism is therefore becoming increasingly popular among those looking to undergo the procedure at a lower price.  When factoring in the travel required to get this procedure done abroad, you will most likely find that you wouldn’t be much better off financially.