What does a dental implant really cost?

calendario 6-Jan-2017
Dr. Rafael Blanes
Medical Director, specialist in Advanced Dental Implantology

The price of a dental implant is determined by many factors that can affect the final result of the treatment. We have to remember that placing full dental implants is a complex and delicate orthodontic act that, if not performed correctly, can lead to complications such as the implant dropping off, chronic pain, recurring infections and unsightly teeth.

It’s currently not strange to see very cheap prices for dental implants, such as 200€, as well as clear examples of false advertising used by some clinics to attract the attention of potential patients. What these centers don’t explain is that to that price you still have to add a whole series of complements, e.g. the anesthesia, the dentist’s fee, etc., all of which considerably increase the price of a full dental implant.

But how much does a dental implant cost exactly? The clinic’s fees depend on the following factors:

The clinic’s reputation

Fees tend to be higher in centers with a solid professional background, with highly specialized dentists who are constantly training to improve. This reduces significantly the chances of suffering complications, a fact that is reflected in their prices for dental implants.

The center’s facilities, technology and organization

Centers that count with the most modern facilities, more technology and a timely, organized and overall excellent service tend to go hand-in-hand with higher prices for dental implants.

The brand of the implants

As of today, 4 dental implant brands have counted with the endorsement of thorough scientific studies for over 10 year: Astra, Biomet 3i, Nobelbiocare and Straumann. We recommend you request from the clinic a form that mentions the brand of the implant in order to make sure it’s not an economic dental implant not backed by scientific studies that may create short- mid- and long-term complications.

The quality of the prosthesis

The prices of dental prostheses, or fixed teeth that are placed on top of the implants, depend on the esthetic and precision with which they are performed. To create a ceramic dental piece that adjusts perfectly to the implant while adapting naturally to the adjacent teeth is an elaborate work of handicraft that requires high artistic skills.

Given the complexity of the treatment, our advice is that you visit at least two centers that allow you to personally meet the specialists, see the facilities, the treatment and the organization with which they count. This will all provide you with highly valuable information that will help you make the right choice.