For many of us who suffered teeth loss and consider dental implants in order to be healthy, feel beautiful and full of confidence again, the choice poses a serious problem. There are so many dental implants, with different names and, especially, different costs that you can easily feel lost in all that choice! One thing makes your decision easier: to know what are the differences between the premium cost and low cost implants.
At Check in Health we spoke to many dentists and professionals of the dentistry field and below are the facts we gathered:
Dental implants should stay in place for many years. Therefore, it would be good to know whether there are some data to prove their success in the long-run. Surprisingly, there are more than 100 manufacturers of dental implants worldwide. Among them, there are big manufacturers (such as Nobel, Straumman, Biohorizons, Astra, Bicon, Zimmer) who produce implants that last. These manufacturers claim their implants are made of high quality titanium, with high precision, presenting a large number of scientific studies to confirm their clinical success for the period of 5,10 or even more years.
When it comes to cheaper implants though, their manufacturers are not equipped with the same level of scientific evidence and usually use the experience and research of big manufacturers to support their products.
Taking proper care, implants can last for many years. But what if you need a repair? According to Check in Health’s collaborating dentists, renowned manufacturers are present all over the world and you can easily find another dentist who uses the same “brand”. Furthermore, these manufacturers very often issue guarantees on their implants and so called “implant passports” by which the implant is recognizable, together with its parts, all over the world.
When it comes to low cost implants, some of its manufacturers are present in the larger number of countries while others are local producers and make small batches only for one market or even only one region of the bigger markets.
So, what we understand from these facts is that you can be in the situation to have a less known low-cost implant that would serve the purpose very nicely, but when you might need to replace the prosthetic teeth with new ones, or other needs show up, your dentist might not know which implant it is or may be unable to purchase new elements for it.
Dr Nikola Stankovic from Belgrade, Serbia, shared his own choice, what he would choose if he himself would need an implant. It was really interesting knowing the answer since he often uses cheaper implants in his dental practice, besides the premium ones.
Dr Stankovic confirmed he uses cheaper implants and that it is not the bad choice to go for. However, the cheaper implants, often lack some structural elements that guarantee their longevity and behavior towards the surrounding tissue. This means that je as a dentist cannot be sure about their success rate to the same extent as with the premium implants.
Therefore, the main attribute of low cost implant remains the price.
Dr Stankovic also noted that he always presents all possible choices to patients, with the explanation why his first choice would always be premium implant as in this way he is more assured about the output of therapy and knows that he recommended the best possible treatment.
Knowing all the above, the decision is completely personal. Each of us need to understand whether for him/her the price difference justifies the lower level of confidence in low cost implants when it comes to the outcome and longevity of treatment.
In Serbia, the dentists use both the world-renowned brands and low cost dental implants. And there is relatively small difference in prices- the price of low