Your Dental Implants Guide:
Dental implants are made from titanium or zirconia (a non-metallic alternative). Dental implants are suitable for anyone in good general health. It is bonded to the jaw, much like the root of a natural tooth and permanently replaces a lost tooth. Dental implants are one of the most common procedures patients travel to Malaysia for. Dental implants are extremely popular because they are considered a better option than veneers or crowns, but in many countries the cost of surgery is extremely high.
The loss of one or more teeth can have a major impact on the function and shape of your mouth and the appearance of your smile. For instance, missing teeth can change the shape of your mouth and the look of your face, reducing the attractiveness of your smile and diminishing your sense of confidence.
Am I A Candidate for a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are appropriate for almost anyone who is missing teeth or at risk of losing teeth. Occasionally, older patients’ express concerns that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits that dental implants offer. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. IF you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. There are very few medical reasons why you may not be a candidate to receive dental implants. Your dental specialists may discuss these reasons with you if necessary.
The major limiting factor in determining whether you are a candidate for dental implants to is whether there is sufficient bone remaining to accept the implant. This can be determined with a panoramic x-ray and a thorough examination of your oral tissues and supporting bone (jaw).
Dental implants are usually a minor surgery, much similar to having a tooth removed. After the implant procedure, patients may feel pain from anywhere up to 2-5 days as the implants are setting in. However, with medication, many people have said they have gone back to work the next day.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Dental implants support replacement teeth similarly to the way a tooth root supports natural teeth.
- Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.
- Dental implants can restore your chewing efficiency so you can eat most foods with confidence and without pain.
- Dental implants can prevent embarrassment about missing teeth, spaces, and ill-fitting dentures.
- Dental implants are not subject to cavities or temperature sensitivities.
- Dental implants eliminate the need to compromise adjacent teeth, in comparison to a conventional bridge which requires the slight removal of tooth structure.
What are the disadvantages of dental implants?
- Dental implant procedures can take times, especially if patients are seeking immediate results.
- Dental implants have a rare chance of becoming loose and may require replacements. Every person is unique and implant success cannot be 100% guaranteed.
- Insurance companies do not cover most implant procedures, therefore it is a out-of-pocket cost for patients.
How much are dental implants?
If you’ve ever had a question about dental implants prices, you are not alone. Trying to find out about the price for dental implants is a very common questions that we receive at GMG. With all the different info on the internet, it’s an impossible task to realistically compare prices for dental implants, or to get a good estimate for the average cost of dental implants. With the 3-part process of dental implants, many patients seeking a price estimate for dental implants do not know whether to ask for the price per tooth or whether the cost they are looking at includes the implant, abutment, and crown.
Note that these are prices provided below are for a single dental implant and the surgery to place it. Multiple dental implants will obviously cost more, but you can usually negotiate a discount on additional implants after the first one.
We created the GMG Dental Implant Guide to help you decipher the info and to help guide you in your dental cost estimate.
What Is The Average Cost Comparison of Dental Implants?
The average cost of dental implants in the United States is around $5000. That is the out-of-pocket cost for the implant, the abutment, the crown, and the surgery. In Canada, the average price for all-inclusive dental implants are CAD$ 5500. In the UK, the average price out-of-pocket is about £2698 (4079.32 USD), although implants can sometimes be covered by NHS. In Australia, the same dental implants will cost about $2058 (1620.65 USD).
Internationally, the cost of dental implants still vary pretty widely. Moreover, the cost can vary from one facility to the next. Part of the reason is that some clinics will offer the price for the full procedure and all of the hardware and some will only offer a quote for placing the implant itself. On average, getting dental implants abroad can save you.
- 90% of the price in the US
- 89% of the price in the UK
- 70% of the price in Australia
Note that these are prices provided below are for a single dental implant and the surgery to place it. Multiple implants will obviously cost more, but you can usually negotiate a discount on additional implants after the first one.
Known for our beautiful architecture and breathtaking scenery, one of Malaysia’s best-kept secret is still our award winning, world-class dental specialists centres aided by state-of-the-art facilities and innovative medical technologies offering full services dental treatments. Accredited clinics and hospitals in Malaysia are on-par, and sometimes even better, than those in Western countries and in North America and Malaysian prices are the very affordable given the high quality of the procedures, but are not the cheapest in the area.
Traveling in Malaysia is very affordable when compared to other destinations, and the ease of access into Malaysia makes pulls medical travellers from all over the world. It is a true bargain for those looking to combine a vacation or other treatments and packages with their dental procedures.
Malaysia is increasingly becoming one of the most common destination patients go for dental implants. The combination of long-term quality and affordable pricing. Malaysia is known for its world-class dental care at prices much lower than most other parts of the world. Without a doubt, it is one of the world’s best destinations for dental implants. Of course, it is not the first option for every patient, as it is quite a distance to travel for some. Yet, as many Australian patients know, dental care in Malaysia is not only affordable, but trustworthy and result-driven.
What is the cost structure for dental implants?
The initial consultation is extremely important for dental implant candidates. Much of the planning for the rest of the treatment will be done at this phase. Your dental specialist will assess the health of the teeth and jaw bone, which is an important element of the treatment.
Without proper assessment, the rare risk of implant failure increases because a critical element of the planning phase was missed. It’s likely you’ll be able to combine the initial consultation with the first part of the treatment, the placing of the implant into the gums. Be sure to find out if diagnostic imaging (X-ray) is included in your package, otherwise it may result in an additional cost. You should be wary of the credibility and trustworthiness of a dental implantologist if they agree to do implants without X-rays as they are absolutely necessary for this procedure.
There are usually two appointments involved in placing dental implants; one to place the implant and then, after a healing period of about 3 to 6 months, after the bones and gum merge into the implants, second appointment is needed to place the abutment and crown. Some dentists use “immediate load” implants that can have a temporary crown placed immediately after the implant is inserted. However, you will still need a second appointment for the permanent crown. In certain cases where the implant has moved, an additional appointment is needed after the permanent crown is placed to adjust the implant.
You are also paying for specialist care. Dental implants fall into the category of restoration dentistry and have their own special category of implantology. Implant surgery can be done by a periodontist, an oral surgeon, or a dentist with advanced training in implantology. Because of the specialist training necessary for performing the procedure, the dental professional involved may charge a higher fee than for other services.
Some dentists will require that the patient undergo general anesthetic during the procedure, meaning the patient is asleep for the whole procedure. This is more expensive and requires an anesthesiologist to be present for the entire surgery. Some dentists think this is unnecessary and will perform the procedure using a local anesthetic, meaning the areas they are working on are numbed but the patient is awake. Some patients might be too nervous during the procedure if they are awake, and if this is a problem you might consider asking for a sedative if you’ll be under local anesthetic to ease your anxiety.
The dental implants you are purchasing is made up of three parts: the implant rod, the crown, and the abutment which attaches the crown to the implant. In many cases, the price a dental clinic shows you is only the price for the implant which screws into the bone, and doesn’t include the abutment and the crown. Make sure you ask for the price for the all-inclusive deal, which includes the initial consultation, surgical fees, anesthesia, the anesthesiologist, implant, abutment, crown, and follow up after surgery. In Malaysia, an all-inclusive deal averages around RM 6,500 per tooth.
Some patients who have lost a lot of bone may also require bone grafts. Poor osseointegration (occurs when the implant does not fuse into the bone very well) is one of the main causes of the implant failure, so if it is recommended it’s an important step to take. Bone grafts are performed in a separate procedure several months before the implant is placed and will require several months to heal and for the graft to fuse into the regular bone. This extra procedure will incur additional costs. A patient requiring a bone graft will not be able to have their implant procedure done in the same trip because the graft will take time to grow into the bone and the tissue will take some time to heal.
Technological advancements have allowed implants to be done with less bone that traditionally required. If a patient has is significant periodontal disease (disease in the gums or other soft tissues of the mouth), they will need to be completely treated before surgery. This will also incur additional costs and result in delays to the procedure as the affected areas heal.
Dental implants are the closest alternative to natural teeth. Dental implants are the art and science of dental restoration, replacing damaged parts of the mouth. From single teeth restoration to full-mouth restoration, dental implants are widely considered the best option for replacing teeth since they are the closest thing to natural teeth. Dental implants feel much more natural and secure than traditional removable denture plates. If several adjacent teeth are missing, a fixed bridge can be attached to the implants, thus replacing missing teeth without having to change or modify adjacent teeth.
This can involve anything from single teeth to full-mouth restoration. They are widely considered the best option for replacing teeth since they are the closest thing to natural teeth. The durability of the extremely high quality materials used and long-lastingness of the implants have convinced many that dental implants is the standard of care for dental restoration, which has led to significant investments into cost-effective research and development for implants. Therefore, in spite of the comparatively higher cost to other treatment options, implants are the most reputed treatment option for cost-effective dental restoration.
How long will the implants last?
Research and documented scientific studies have proven the effectiveness and long lasting results of implants once they have been integrated with bone. However, each patient is different and it is impossible to predict dental implants life with any certainty. Implants have a success rate of greater than 90% and over 25 years of scientific documentation. Of course, there have also been many cases of implants that have been successful for over 25 years.
Factors thought to affect the longevity of implants are your overall health, nutrition, oral hygiene, commitment to regular dental visits or professional maintenance and whether you use tobacco. Other factors are your anatomy and the design and construction of the restoration placed on the implants to restore the dental function.
Other options, such as a tooth-supported bridge, have a limited lifespan and must be replaced. The American Dental Association reports that the average bridge must be replaced every 10.1 years. However, clinical studies have shown that implant-supported crowns (like we’re discussing here) are effective at 20+ years in 95% of cases. This study shows a 98.8% 10-year survival rate of dental implants, which means the implants will almost certainly outlast bridges. Other studies have shown the effectiveness of dental implants in the shorter term. This Swedish study showed a 98.2% survival rate of the implant over 32 months with the immediately loaded implants. Implants may be more expensive up-front, but over time their superior value and lifespan mean you’ll be saving money in the long run.
How to make the implant procedure cost-worthy?
In general, you can add to your cost-savings on surgery by skipping the unnecessary luxuries. Thankfully, the vast variety of extremely tasty, but low cost food allows you to enjoy an flavourful dining experience without breaking your budget.
By ensuring that your procedures price is all-inclusive, you can save on additional costs. The upside to shopping for your medical care is that you can choose what is important to you and try to reduce costs by cutting back on the frills.
Don’t try to save money by going to a lower quality dental professional, it is more pain that benefit and correctional work can end up costing more than the a high quality implant procedure. While dentists with less experience and training inevitably charge lower fees, if something goes wrong with the implant you will not only be jeopardizing your health. You will have to pay another dentist to remove the implant, repair the damage, and then place a new implant.
Some clinics offer a guarantee or warranty on their work, but you will probably wind up paying more money fixing it than you would have paying for a more qualified dentist in the first place. Trust your instincts and go with a professional you trust.
If you want to avoid a second trip for the permanent crown, you should select a dental facility that are aided by innovative and state-of-the-art dental technologies. You can save on travel expenses the quicker the laboratory makes your implants, making it all-the-more worth it.
In general, reducing traveling expenses is the easiest way to save on your total cost. There are a lot of free resources online that can help you save money, or you can use a medical tourism facilitator like GMG who has connection to travel agents with discounted airfares due to a larger buying power. If you are booking your flight by yourself, services such as Expedia and Google Flights can help you save on travel costs by tracking and comparing the prices of different flights. Lastly, traveling during peak season, especially near major holidays, will increase the associated cost to dental implants, making it more expensive than traveling during less popular times. You can also save on accommodations by using similar services for hotels.
Generally, for patients needing more than one tooth replaced, GMG can negotiate a discount on additional implants after the first one. It’s a good idea to do as many implants as possible at a time to avoid additional office visits.
Sometimes, depending on the materials and brand names of the different parts of the implant, the price can change widely. Which materials can be used has a lot to do with your individual situation. For instance, patients with less bone in their jaw as a result of periodontal diseases may require a different kind of implant rod (screw) than patients with more bone.
Cost can also vary on the type of material used in the crown. Crowns made of resin are the most affordable, but don’t look nearly as natural as crowns made of porcelain or ceramic crowns. Less durable, resin crowns will need to be replaced much sooner than porcelain and ceramic crown, which are stronger, adding to the reasons it is preferred for visible teeth. Ask your professional if it’s possible to reduce the cost using other materials and what their success rate is.
Another cost-influencing fact is dependent on which teeth are being replaced. As a rule of thumb, visible teeth will cost more and the surgery tends to be longer. Front teeth are much harder for the surgeon to work on and require more skill to make the implant look like a natural tooth. Incidentally, abutment for these implants is also more expensive. If you’re having front teeth replaced, you may want to choose a dental specialists who specializes in aesthetic dentistry.
The fees for all of the medical professionals will make a big difference to the final cost. If you will be sedated during the procedure, an anesthesiologist will need to be present and this will result in an additional cost. You should find out if more than one specialist will need to be involved and what this will cost. If your dentist will perform the procedure using local anesthetic, you can avoid the extra cost.
Your general health and how complicated the surgery will be is another important consideration. Professionals will typically charge higher fees if there are other medical complications they need to worry about, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.