Total Cost of Dental Implants Everything you need to know about it



Have you ever been disappointed when you discovered that the advertised price didn’t match your expectations?

When it is on the lower scale of cost it is not such a big issue, although broken promises, or unfulfilled expectations could drive you away from the store, institution or even from the brand, next time you need to repurchase the product or use again a service from the same category.

Now imagine if the cost is high, with hidden extra charges. This time it does make a huge difference in total cost.

My close friend had the same feeling few years ago when he needed to undergo a dental implant procedure (and he needed it urgently because his front tooth had been broken).

The clinic advertised a promotional price of dental implants for 390 euros. Yet, when the placement of the artificial tooth was finished he was charged 800 Euros. And most importantly, the clinic did not lie about the price!



So, what is the catch with the cost of dental implants?

Knowing what should be the cost of placing the dental implants should be easy. You find and compare price lists of the dental implants in researched clinics, their sales promotions, and that’s it. Right?

Wrong!

What you really need is to fully understand the process of placing dental implants, and every step of the potential intervention that could be done before, during and after intervention. Depending on your dental health condition every step of this process could be also necessary in your case, and can bear the cost with it.

So let’s start form the beginning.



The cost of dental implant is the cost of implant only!

Technically, when the price of dental implants is advertised, nobody lies to you. This is the price of dental implant. Dental implant serves as a substitute for your natural tooth root. So, it is the price for an artificial tooth root. But you do not just need only a root, do you?

When the implant is placed, its purpose is to hold the artificial teeth. After placement some implants can be immediately loaded while others are left some time to fuse with a jaw bone.This process is known as osseointegration and lasts from 3 to 9 months. Dental implant is made of biocompatible material (i.e. titanium) that posses this special characteristic to fuse with the bone.

After the process of integration with the jaw bone, implant suprastructure (abutment) is placed on the screw, followed by a placement of dental crown.

Now the artificial tooth is placed, what was the aim, but suprastructure and dental crowns are not cheap and you have to pay additionally for them. Therefore, when you find an advertised price for dental implants you should also check the prices of suprastructure and dental crowns.

Cheap implants could be the solution but sometimes premium implants are the better choice. Premium or low cost implants, material you need for dental crowns and what type (material used) of implant abutment is placed can significantly impact the final cost.

Now you can see what makes a final price of artificial tooth placed so different from the advertised price for dental implants only.

But this is not the final cost!



Other factors that affect cost of placing dental implants

We asked Nikola Stankovic, a dentist with years of experience with foreign patients about other factors that can affect the total cost of replacement teeth on implants. He told us that every patient is a unique case and only a thorough dental examination can contribute to final intervention plan needed and consequently to the final price. The factors are as follows:

•Number of teeth that have to be replaced and their position in the mouth

•Number of implants needed to be placed in order to support replacement teeth

•How many professionals have to be included in specific case

•Complexity of the surgery

•Initial examination and procedures like x-ray, 3D scan, making of study models and wax-up

•Additional procedures (if required) as bone augmentation and sinus elevation

•Dentist/surgeon’s experience, speciality, affiliation with universities, number of academic papers and popularity

Geographic location (different prices from country to country)

Prices of the same elements that affect the final price of dental implants placement could vary significantly by dental clinic, even within the same country. Therefore, if you choose a clinic based just on its advertised price of dental implants, it could happen that the total cost of placement of artificial tooth will be almost the same for low - cost and premium implants.


All stated above are just some of the reasons why you need a professional to help your best choice and arrange your medical appointment and healing.



Dental implant placement price comparison

Now you know the majority of the elements that could impact your final cost of placing the dental implants, you realise how hard it is to predict the final price for this intervention, since it is dependent on each person’s specific dental case. Still, price for each element that potentially affects the final price of the procedure is possible to be compared by country.

To be consistent we compared the price lists from the top 10 clinics rated by GCR (Global Clinic Rating) and prices in UK collected by top dental clinics in Hungary (exchange rate 0.86 EUR = 1 GBP).

Price in EUR

Serbia

Hungary

Croatia

UK






Consultation

0

0

20-100

110






X ray

5

0

0

66






Panoramic X ray

10

20-50

26-31

110






3D scan

30-50

135-200

81-157

275








Price in EUR

Serbia

Hungary

Croatia

UK








Premium dental implants (Nobel

500-800

720-1,190

500-800

2,420


Biocare, Straumann,






Premium suprastructures

100-200

220-450

158-400

935








Porcelain fused to metal crown

100-180

200-315

190 -255

660








Zirconium crown

220-250

350-540

284-350

1,320








Temporary crown short term

10

0-30

21-29

70








Temporary crown long term

20-30

60-70

49-52

140








Bone augmentation*
50-300

100-900

50-608

from 250








Sinus elevation*

200-400

380-900

200-970

2,200








*Dependent on quantity of material used per specific case

To make the  best and well-informed decision about your intervention for placing artificial teeth on dental implants abroad based on cost, you need to add cost of travel and accommodation and optionally cost of concierge services and sightseeing. On top of the price there are some other important factors that will affect your decision.
Get your full free quote for placing the teeth on dental implants from premium dental clinics in Serbia at www.checkinhealth.eu