Dental Implants

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

The implant is made of Titanium metal which is the strongest metal and gives maximum strength. Implant has a life of 20+ years.

An implant costs USD $ 300 per tooth at our clinic.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Implants

Advantages

  • Implants last for a life-time.
  • Implants are the best replacement for a missing tooth
  • Implants do not affect adjacent teeth
  • Implants require less maintenance
  • Implants are made of the strongest metal: Titanium

Disadvantages

  • Implant are costlier than a dental bridge and denture. An implant costs USD $ 300 per tooth at our clinic.
  • Implants are a lengthy process, requiring 2 visits of 4-5 days each, with a gap of 2 months between the visits
  • Implant requires local anesthesia

Procedure for Placing Implants

An implant surgery is done in two parts. In first part, implants are placed and in second part, tooth crown is placed over the implant.

First Visit: The first visit is of 4-5 days. In this visit, implants are placed. It takes 45-60 minutes to insert each implant. After the surgery, you can resume your daily work after 2-3 days. The 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. During this period, you will wear a removable partial denture as a temporary replacement.

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Second Visit: The second visit is of 2-3 days. In this a tooth crown is placed over the implant that was placed in the first visit. No healing time is required after this.

Cost of a Dental Implant in USA

This is the breakup of average cost of an implant surgery done in USA:

  1. One Tooth Implant
  2. One Tooth Crown (Zirconia)
  3. Doctor’s Consultation, X-ray / OPG
  4. CBCT Test and Stent
  5. Removable Temporary Tooth (Denture)
  6. Surgical Procedure, if required (Bone Graft and Sinus Lift)

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USD $ 1990
USD $ 1000
USD $ 50
USD $ 230
USD $ 50
USD $ 1000

Total (without surgery)
Total (if surgery required)

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USD $ 3320
USD $ 4320

Calculation

Affordable & Low-Cost Implants

The average cost of a dental implant in a rich country like USA is USD $ 4320 per tooth, but in inexpensive locations like India, it costs USD $ 300 for an implant. The complete cost of a dental implant depends on various factors, such as, the quality of implant, number of implants required, type of tooth crown over the implant, locations of the clinic, and experience of the doctor.

For example, at our dental clinic, the cost of a dental implant is USD $ 300 which is 14 times lower than the average cost in USA. So, you can save a lot of money by traveling to an affordable location outside USA for 4-5 days for the dental treatment, and at the same time enjoy a holiday trip.

Please read more about dental tourism here.

Dental Tourism

Cost of a Dental Implant outside USA

The complete cost of an implant surgery for one missing tooth at our clinic is:

  1. One Tooth Implant
  2. One Tooth Crown (Zirconia)
  3. Doctor’s consultation, X-ray / OPG
  4. CBCT Test and Dental Stent
  5. Removable Temporary Tooth (Denture)
  6. Surgical Procedure, if required
    (Bone Graft and Sinus Lift)

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USD $ 210
USD $ 90
No Cost
No Cost
No Cost
USD $ 90

Total (without surgery)
Total (if surgery required)

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USD $ 300
USD $ 390

Calculation
Calculation

The complete cost of a single implant surgery at our clinic is:

  1. One Tooth Implant
  2. One Tooth Crown
  3. Temporary Removable Partial Denture
  4. Surgical Procedure, if required (Bone Graft and Sinus Lift)

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US $ 200
US $ 100
US $   20

US $ 100

Total (without surgery)
Total (if surgery required)

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US $ 320
US $ 420

Tooth Implant vs Dental Bridge

Tooth Implant

  • Implants last for a life-time
  • Implants are stronger than a dental bridge
  • Implants do not require support from adjacent teeth
  • Implant are costlier than bridge and denture. An implant costs USD $ 300 per tooth at our clinic
  • Implants do not affect adjacent teeth
  • Implant surgery requires local anesthesia
  • Implants require 2 visits of 4-5 days with a gap of 2 months in between the visits

Dental Bridge

  • Bridge has a shorter life of 7-10 years
  • Bridge are not as strong as implants
  • Bridge require considerable trimming of adjacent teeth
  • Bridge is relatively cheaper than implant. A bridge of 3 tooth crowns that fills one missing tooth, costs USD $ 270 at our clinic
  • Bridge may lead to sensitivity in adjacent teeth because of trimming, that may require Root Canal Treatment in those teeth
  • It does not require local anesthesia and can be done in 3 days

Implant vs Denture

Tooth Implant

  • Implants are permanently fixed teeth
  • Implants can be cleaned by daily brushing just like normal teeth
  • Implants do not move while chewing, speaking, sneezing, coughing or any other natural reflexes
  • Implant are costlier than denture
  • Implants preserve remaining jawbone and maintain facial structure (keeps you looking young)
  • Implant is a permanent solution for a missing tooth

Denture

  • A denture has to be removed daily
  • You can not wear a denture while sleeping
  • Denture has to be removed and cleaned after every meal
  • Denture often dislodge and wobble  while chewing, speaking, sneezing, coughing or any other natural reflexes
  • Denture is re-aligned or made again if any change happens in the jaw, like tooth extraction
  • Denture is very cheap. It costs USD $ 20 per tooth at our clinic.
  • Denture does not preserve remaining jawbone and therefore decreases jawbone quality

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 straw for 24 hours
  • Do not spit or gargle or rinse harshly for 24 hours
  • After a day, rinse after every meal with warm water for seven days
  • Apply ice pack 6-8 times within 24 hours of surgery
  • Take prescribed medicine on time

Latest Advancements in Implants

CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography)

CBCT helps doctor to view the surgical area in 3 dimensional images. thus, helping in precise placement of implants. It leads to minimum complications and least trauma and pain to patient. it gives faster results. it leads to mnimimal invasive surgery because the implant is placed in the best location judged by computer software.

Digital Implant Surgery (stent)

it is a surgery using a stent prepared by CBCT report. it helps in exact and fast placement of implants. the stent is made up of acrylic and titanium rings  to guide implant placements at exact points.

Immediate Implant

This technique helps replace a tooth as soon as it is extracted. that means you walk in with a faulty tooth and walk out with an implant and a tooth

Bone Grafting and sinus lift

With recent improvements and better bone grafting materials, it is possible to place implants even in patients with very less bone support. sinus lift is a very imprtatnt procedure when when it comes to repalcing upper posterior teeth. In sinus lift procedure, the membrane of maxillary sinus is displaced upwards to provide adequate support for the implants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the root of the tooth. A connector, known as abutment is placed between implant and crown.

Q.What will happen without treatment?

Your jawbone begins to shrink from lack of stimulation. Losing your teeth will affect your smile and change the shape of your face, causing you to look prematurely aged.

Q.How will dental implants affect my life?

 

Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.

Q.How do I care for my implants?

Home care for your implants consists of brushing and flossing.Regular dental visits are required for long-term health and success.

Q.Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Unfortunately, most dental insurance policies do not cover tooth implants because most companies categorize them as a “cosmetic procedure.” If you need to get dental implants, your best option is probably using medical insurance, but even then, you will probably have some out-of-pocket expenses. Under many medical insurance plans, implants are considered essential in restoring the jaw for eating and speaking.
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