Professional dental implants can change your whole life, but they do come at a significant cost. If you have missing or decaying teeth and you’re concerned about how to pay for implants, it’s important
to know that options are available. First, though, it helps to understand what goes into the dental implant cost to begin with.
Total cost of getting a dental implant
On average, a single dental implant in your own country can cost you in between:
- $ 3.000 and $ 6.000 in the US
- £ 1.500 and £ 3.500 in the UK
- € 1.600 and € 3.000 in the Netherlands
- € 2.000 and € 3.500 in Belgium
- € 1.000 and € 3.000 in Germany
This typically includes the post, abutment, and crown placements, but it doesn’t account for any ancillary costs that may be required, such as bone grafting, tooth extraction, or CT scans.
The total dental implant cost will vary depending on a number of factors, such as:
- The dentist’s reputation and level of experience. Dentists with a higher level of skill—and those whose services are in high demand—tend to cost more.
- The requirements of the patient. If you just need a simple post and crown placement, the procedure may cost significantly less than if your mouth requires significant pre-treatment.
- The materials used by the dentist. Implants may be made from zirconium, titanium, or another material. The quality of the material will play into the cost.
The total dental implant cost should be made clear to you during your initial consultation. This is the first step for anyone considering dental implants.
At MIC, our online consultants will lay out the process for implantation, the expectations for short- and long-term recovery, and the total costs. They will also field any questions you may have and devise a custom treatment plan based on your needs.
What goes into the cost of dental implants?
As previously noted, there are three procedures that factor into the total dental implant cost:
- The Post
- The Abutment
- The Crown
This is the most invasive part of the implantation process. An oral surgeon cuts open the gum to expose the bone and then drills small holes into the bone for post placement. The post is inserted deep into the bone, ensuring that it’s secure enough to hold the artificial tooth in place for a lifetime.
Once the post is secured into the jawbone, the bone grows over it and becomes fused with it, this process is also known as osseointegration. As a result, the post becomes a firm and unmovable root for your implant. While the bone and gums heal, your dentist can provide a temporary denture to cover the gap and preserve your smile.
Because post-setting requires the skilled hand of an experienced oral surgeon and anesthesiologist, this tends to be the costliest part of the implantation process.
Cost through our dental clinics: 425 GBP or 500 EURO per implant
Once the osseointegration process is complete, the oral surgeon will need to place the abutment, the piece that extends up from the post and to which the crown will eventually attach.
While not as invasive as the initial post placement, the abutment placement does typically require minor outpatient surgery to expose the gum so that the abutment can be placed firmly into the post. Your surgeon will usually use a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. Once the attachment is complete, the gum tissue is closed around the abutment.
Cost through our dental clinics: already included in the price mentioned at ‘the post’.
After the abutment is attached to the post, the dentist can attach the crown. First, though, they must take a few additional impressions of your mouth and healthy teeth, thus ensuring that the artificial tooth looks natural and blends seamlessly with your smile.
The impressions are used to design and create the tooth. This step requires the assistance of skilled laboratory technicians, which is why the cost can be significant on its own.
The cost can also be influenced by the type of crown: removable or fixed.
- A removable crown works similarly to a full or partial denture. The implant contains artificial teeth and gum that attach to the abutment via a metal frame and snaps. This tends to be the more affordable option, especially for patients who require multiple implants.
- A fixed crown is permanent. It’s firmly cemented or screwed onto an individual abutment and is designed to last a lifetime. For patients who require multiple implants, several crowns may be bridged together.
Our online consultants can help you determine which procedure best suits your needs and budget.
Cost through our dental clinics: 180 GBP or 210 EURO per zirconium crown
Other costs associated with implants
At your local dentist the post, abutment, and crown placement are usually covered under a single bill, you will however incur additional costs for any necessary prep work, such as:
- CT Scans
- Bone Grafts
- Tooth Extractions
Every patient will require some kind of imaging work prior to receiving dental implants. X-Rays allow the dentists to assess the overall health of the teeth, gums, and bone, thus accounting for any potential complications and determining whether additional procedures may be required. The X-Rays also allow the dentist to outline the optimal size and placement of each implant.
For example, an X-Ray can reveal any underlying infections of the teeth or alveolar bone, they can identify the height and width of the bone in which the post is to be placed, and they can reveal the precise locations of structures that need to be avoided, like the maxillary sinus and alveolar nerve.
Cost through our dental clinics: FREE
For patients with especially complex needs, a CT scan (or CAT scan) may be in order. This type of imaging combines hundreds of X-Rays to create 3D cross-sectional images of the mouth. A CT scan gives your dentist a much better perspective of your overall bone density, structure, nerves, and tissue.
CT scans are also especially useful for detecting blood vessel locations, bone infections, tumors, and other important details. Using this type of 3D imaging, your dentist can map out the entire procedure ahead of time, thereby ensuring the greatest possible outcome in less time.
Cost through our dental clinics: FREE
If your jaw doesn’t have enough bone to support dental implants, the surgeon may need to use grafting material to reinforce the natural bone. The natural bone gradually absorbs the grafting material, resulting in a complete or nearly complete restoration suitable for implants.
Bone grafting may be recommended:
- Due to the natural aging process
- If you’ve lived for years with missing teeth
- If you have untreated periodontal disease
- If you have experienced severe physical trauma to the jaw
- If you have a genetic or developmental defect that results in tooth or gum abnormalities
About half of all implant recipients require bone grafting. So if you’re living with any degree of bone loss and would like to pursue implants, it’s important to know that you’re not alone and that options are available.
Cost through our dental clinics: 125 GBP or 145 EURO per cc
In some cases, a natural tooth must be removed before an artificial tooth can be inserted. There are several possible reasons for this, such as:
- Tooth decay. Over time, tartar and plaque deposits can destroy tooth enamel, leaving the tooth brittle and contributing to pain and swelling. If the tooth can’t be saved with a crown or other treatment, extraction is usually warranted.
- Gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, this is an inflammatory condition that can result from periodontitis or gingivitis. The condition can weaken the bone or the gum that surrounds the tooth, so extraction is often required.
- Tooth impaction. Impaction occurs when one tooth pushes firmly against another. Particularly common in wisdom teeth, this issue can lead to pain, infection, or bleeding gums. This is among the most complex types of extractions, as it sometimes requires the removal and surrounding gum and bone tissue prior to removal.
Tooth extractions may be performed by either a dentist or an oral surgeon. A local anesthetic is sufficient in many cases, but a general anesthetic may be warranted in certain instances, such as for a more invasive tooth impaction.
Cost through our dental clinics: 35 GBP or 40 EURO per tooth
How to pay for dental implants
Now that you understand what goes into the total dental implant cost, one important question remains: How do you actually pay for the procedure?
Unfortunately, most dental insurance plans won’t cover implants because they’re not deemed essential. While this might sound absurd to anyone who actually needs implants, the healthcare provider will often deny coverage on the basis that dentures can achieve the same goal at a much lower cost—flawed as that reasoning may be. Another downside is that there are no payment plans or finance options available for health tourism patients seeking dental treatments in Turkey.
Fortunately, the prices for dental implants are much lower in Turkey and you can therefore save in between 60% to 80% in the costs compared to your home country. The saving is so impressive that you could get 4-5 implants for the price you’d be paying for a single implant in your own country. This makes getting implants in Turkey much more atractive, especially to those who are looking for all-on-8 implants, all-on-6 implants or all-on-4 implants.
You are not required to pay anything until your first appointment in the dental clinic. Once you are in the clinic for your initial visit you can choose to pay by cash. This is our preferred method since card payments (also available) add additonal bank charges on top of your treatment cost. Our prices are fixed in British Pounds, however you can pay in any currency you like. Should you choose to pay in a different currency, the exchange rate will be calculated as per the bank rate of that day.
Should you still have questions related to dental treatment costs or payment options simply fill in the form below and one of our online consultants will get back to you as soon as they can.