Dental Implant

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that works like a real tooth. When a natural tooth is extracted, a dental implant is inserted in the space left by the extracted tooth. It is the best solution for a missing tooth.

A dental implant is made of two parts: a metal screw and a tooth crown. The metal part of the dental implant is inserted in the jaw bone. After that, a tooth crown is placed on the top of the dental implant.

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The metal screw is made of Titanium metal. Titanium is the strongest metal. Therefore, the strength of a dental implant is very high. Dental implant has a life of 15+ years.

Benefits of Dental Implant

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  • Fills the empty space left after a tooth extraction
  • Food does not get stuck when eating
  • You look better when you smile
  • You can chew food better
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If the space left after tooth extraction is not filled, then it will cause other teeth to fall soon. The empty space can be filled by either: a dental implant, or a dental bridge or a denture. Dental implant is the best treatment among all these treatments.

See the effects of a missing tooth here.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Implant

Advantages

  • A dental implant lasts for a life-time
  • A dental implant is the best replacement for a missing tooth
  • A dental implant does not affect the adjacent teeth
  • A dental implant is made of the strongest metal: Titanium

Disadvantages

  • A dental implant costs more than a dental bridge and a denture.
  • A dental implant requires 2 visits of 4-5 days each, with a gap of 2 months between the visits
  • A dental implant requires local anesthesia

Types of Dental Implant

There are two types of dental implant: Titanium dental implant, and Zirconia (Ceramic) dental implant.

Titanium Dental Implant

Titanium dental implant is the most commonly used dental implant. It is made of Titanium metal. It is stronger than a zirconia (ceramic) dental implant. Titanium dental implant can take

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higher biting force than a zirconia dental implant. Therefore, it is more commonly used.

Zirconia Dental Implant

This dental implant is either completely made of zirconia (ceramic) or at least has the upper part of the dental implant (abutment) made of zirconia. Zirconia dental implant is white in color and looks

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like a natural tooth. This dental implant is weaker than a Titanium dental implant.

Zirconia dental implant is commonly used in the front side of the jaw where less biting / chewing force and pressure is required. Zirconia dental implant looks more like a natural tooth in the front because of its color.

Procedure for Placing Dental Implant

A dental implant surgery is done in two parts. A dental implant is placed in the jaw in the first part and a tooth crown is placed on the dental implant in the second part.

First Visit: The first visit is of 4-5 days. In this visit, on the first day, the doctor first takes a 3D image or an x-ray of the mouth, and then plans the treatment. Dental implant is placed on the second day.

Dental Implant Placement: In this surgery, the dental implant is placed in the jaw. It takes 45-60 minutes to insert one dental implant. After the surgery, you can resume your daily work after 2-3 days. A tooth crown is not yet placed in this surgery because the bone needs time to heal completely.

Healing / Waiting Time: The healing / waiting time is of 2 months. A temporary acrylic tooth crown is placed over the dental implant as a temporary replacement of a permanently fixed tooth crown.

During this time, you can eat, chew all types of food, but a temporary acrylic tooth

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crown is weaker than a permanently fixed zirconia tooth crown, so you should only eat food that is soft, and avoid biting food items that are hard.

Second Visit: The second visit is of 3-4 days. In this, the temporary acrylic tooth crown is removed and a fixed tooth crown is permanently placed over the dental implant. No healing time is required after this.

Read more about dental implant procedure here.

Bone Graft and Sinus Lift Surgery

Bone graft and sinus lift surgery is done on a part of the jaw if has less bone to hold the dental implant. It adds artificial bone in the part of the jaw that holds the dental implant.

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In this procedure, a tissue layer near the gums (sinus membrane) is lifted and the bone graft (artificial bone) is filled in the jaw. The dental implant is then inserted. The bone graft fuses with the jaw bone and becomes like a natural bone within a few weeks.

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Read more about dental implant procedure here.

Precautions after Treatment

  • Eat soft food for 24 hours after the surgery
  • Avoid hot food and drinks for 24 hours after surgery
  • Do not drink from a straw for 24 hours
  • Do not spit or gargle or rinse harshly for 24 hours
  • Take prescribed medicine on time
  • Keep your teeth clean and maintain good oral hygiene.

Alternatives of Dental Implant

A dental implant is the best option to replace a lost tooth. However, there are cheaper alternatives to a dental implant: a dental bridge and a partial denture.

1. Dental Bridge

A dental bridge replaces the missing tooth with a fixed fake tooth. It is placed in the mouth with the support of two teeth that are

adjacent to the missing tooth. But the 2 adjacent teeth are trimmed to support the fake tooth. So, it weakens 2 healthy teeth to fill space of a missing tooth.

Read more about dental bridge here.

2. Partial Denture

A partial denture replaces a missing tooth with a removable fake tooth. A denture is not recommended as an alternative to a dental

Denture

implant because it does not permanently fill the gap left by a missing tooth, and this causes other teeth to fall soon. Read more on the effects of missing teeth here.

Read more about denture here.

Dental Implant vs Dental Bridge

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  • A dental implant lasts for 15+ years
  • A dental implant is stronger than a dental bridge
  • A dental implant does not require support from adjacent teeth
  • A dental implant is costlier than a bridge and a denture
  • A dental implant does not affect adjacent teeth
  • A dental implant requires 2 visits of 4-5 days with a gap of 2 months in between the visits

Dental Bridge

  • A dental bridge has a shorter life of 7-10 years
  • A dental bridge is not as strong as a dental implant
  • A dental bridge requires considerable trimming of the adjacent teeth. It causes sensitivity in adjacent teeth
  • A dental bridge is relatively cheaper than a dental implant
  • A dental bridge can be made in 3-4 days

Dental Implant Vs Denture

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  • A dental implant is a permanently fixed tooth
  • A fixed tooth on a dental implant does not move while chewing, speaking, sneezing, coughing
  • A dental implant costs more than a denture
  • A dental implant is stronger than a denture

Denture

  • A denture has to be removed and cleaned daily, and you can not wear a denture while sleeping
  • A denture often dislodge and wobble while chewing, speaking, sneezing, coughing
  • A denture is modified or made again if any change happens in the jaw, like tooth extraction
  • A denture is cheaper than a dental implant

Equipment used in Dental Implant Surgery

3D Image of Whole Mouth using CT Scan (CBCT) Machine

Equipment

A CT scan (CBCT) machine gives a 3D image of your mouth. The 3D image gives the best locations in the jaw to insert a dental implant. Therefore, a very small hole is drilled in the gums to insert a dental implant because the exact location is already known to the dentist before cutting the gums.

If this 3D image of the mouth is not available, then a larger cut is required in the gums to find the best locations in the jaw to insert the dental implant. 

Equipment

The 3D image also gives information if any additional procedure is required, like: bone graft and sinus lift surgery. It also shows the path of main blood vessels in the mouth that must not be touched during the surgery.

Stent Device to Insert Dental Implant

Equipment

The dentist prepares a device called “Stent” using the 3D image of the mouth. The stent helps in accurate placement of the dental implant in the jaw bone. Therefore, a very small cut is required in the gums to insert the dental implant in the jaw.

Equipment

Cost of Dental Implant is - $ 340

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The complete cost of a dental implant surgery consists of:

  • Doctor’s Consultation (Checkup, X-Ray)
  • Bone graft and sinus lift surgery (if required)
  • 3D CT Scan (CBCT) and a Stent (if required)
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Bone graft and sinus lift surgery is done on a part of the jaw if has less bone to hold the dental implant. It adds artificial bone in the part of the jaw that holds the dental implant.

The average cost of a dental implant is $ 3450 in USA and $ 340 outside of USA at our clinic.

Cost details:

Treatment

Cost in USA

Cost outside of USA

Dental Implant without Crown

$ 1680

$ 250

Tooth Crown (Zirconia)

$ 1260

$ 90

3D CT Scan (CBCT) and a Stent (if required)

$ 420

No Cost

Doctor’s Consultation (Checkup, X-Ray)

$ 90

No Cost

Total

$ 3450

$ 340

  • Dental Implant without Crown:

Cost in USA

: $ location_cost_implant

Cost outside of USA

: $ 250

  • Tooth Crown (Zirconia):

Cost in USA

: $ 1260

Cost outside of USA

: $ 90

  • 3D CT Scan (CBCT) and a Stent (if required):

Cost in USA

: $ 420

Cost outside of USA

: No Cost

  • Doctor’s Consultation (Checkup, X-Ray):

Cost in USA

: $ 90

Cost outside of USA

: No Cost

  • Total:

Cost in USA

: $ 3450

Cost outside of USA

: $ 340

Bone graft or sinus lift surgery, if required, will cost $ 90 extra outside of USA at our clinic. But in USA, it costs $ 840 extra.

Read more about the cost of dental implant here.

Low Cost and Affordable Dental Implant

A dental implant is very expensive in USA, but you can save a lot of money by traveling to an affordable location outside of USA for 4-5 days for the treatment.

For example, at our clinic, the cost of a dental implant is $ 340 which is 10 times lower than the average cost of $ 3450 in USA. So, you can save a lot of money, and at the same time enjoy a free holiday trip.

Read more about dental tourism here.

Read more about affordable dental implant here.

Frequently Asked Questions​

FAQ

Question: Is a dental implant surgery painful?

Answer: No, it is a completely painless procedure.

Question: Do you use anesthesia to reduce pain?
Answer: Yes, anesthesia is used to numb the mouth. You will be fully awake during the treatment and you will not feel any pain in the mouth.

Question: How many days are required for the complete dental implant surgery and the tooth crown procedure?
Answer: The complete dental implant surgery and the tooth crown procedure takes 2 visits of 4-5 days with a gap of 2 months in between the visits.

FAQ

Question: How long does a dental implant last?
Answer: A dental implant lasts for 15+ years.

Question: What if I do not get a dental implant?
Answer: If the empty space left by an extracted tooth is not filled by a dental implant, then it will cause other teeth to fall soon. See the effects of a missing tooth on other teeth here.

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Question: Is a tooth crown compulsory after inserting a dental implant?
Answer: Yes, a tooth crown is compulsory after inserting a dental implant.

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Question: Does a tooth after the dental implant procedure look like a natural tooth?
Answer: Yes, it looks like a natural tooth because the color of tooth crown matches with the color of your other natural teeth.

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