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Dental Implants: What are they and what do they cost?

06 June 2016
dental implant explainer video

Ever wondered what it would be like to replace those crooked, out-of-line and misshapen teeth with something that looks perfect?

Well, thanks to the modern technology known as dental implants, you can. 

In the past, the closest you could get to this kind of solution was dentures, but while those are certainly a valid option, they come with their share of problems too.

The main advantages of dentures is that they are comparatively inexpensive, can be implemented quickly, and they don't involve any surgery. Dental implants do cost more, do involve surgery, and take longer to implement, but they also offer a number of advantages.

Among these are that the implants are practically indistinguishable from natural teeth, they are anchored firmly in place, so they won't have any negative effect on speech, and they're very strong.

Here is what the procedure of installing an implant involves:

1. Tooth Extraction

In order for a dental implant to be installed, the tooth it is replacing has to be removed if it hasn't already come out previously.

It's just like any other tooth extraction procedure and simply requires removing the entire tooth from the gum. The cost of extracting a tooth varies from €90 to €150 depending on whether or not surgery is required to perform the extraction.

2. Titanium Dental Implant Insertion

titanium dental implant insertion

A titanium implant is put into the space where the roots of the old tooth used to be.

Titanium is a very strong metal that is biocompatible (this means that the metal doesn't cause any undesirable effects in the body and that the body does not reject the material).

What's even better about titanium is that when it is placed adjacent to bone, it will normally fuse with the bone tissue, via a process known as osseointegration. This makes a titanium implant very strong, and it won't move around.

In fact, a titanium dental implant is actually much stronger than a real tooth root. The cost of installing the implant is €700.

3. If the implant is for a tooth replacement, some time is given for osseointegration to take place

The more time that elapses between when the implant is installed and when a crown (artificial tooth) is fitted, the stronger the implant will be and the less chance there will be of any problems occurring.

In general, it's unwise to fit a crown earlier than 3 months after the implant has been installed, and in many cases it will be necessary to wait longer, sometimes as much as 6 months.

4. A crown is fitted

Once the dentist is certain of sufficient osseointegration to support your new tooth, the next step is to fit an abutment onto the implant, and the crown is then bonded to the abutment. This part of the procedure costs a further €700.

Teeth In A Day

teeth in day explainer video

An alternative that may be suitable for some patients is a procedure known as teeth in a day (we've rebranded this as Smile In A Day here at 3Dental). In this case a set of dentures is created and four implants are placed into the gum line, which will support the dentures. 

This procedure costs €9,999 and takes less than one day to complete, not including the preliminary examination and CT scan.

Unlike ordinary dentures, these ones don't have a risk of slipping and sliding around, don't need to be removed, and don't require the application of adhesives. 

Implant Retained Dentures

implant retained dentures

Finally, an even lower cost alternative is implant retained dentures. This procedure also uses implants, but instead of the denture plate being fixed directly to the implant abutments, there are clips that the dentures snap onto to keep them in place.

The key difference here is that you will still remove your dentures when you sleep or when you need to clean them. The cost for implant retained dentures is €5,900. 

The choice you make should not be based on cost alone. You should carefully consider all the pros and cons involved with each choice.

The best thing you can possibly do is consult your dentist for advice, discussing all your concerns fully and frankly. In this way, you can be sure of getting the best results for your individual needs.  

Conclusion and Next Steps

As you can see from this post, we offer a range of implant services depending on your situation, all at different prices.

For more information on the dental implant procedure check out our post on The Dental Implant Placement Procedure.

Also, check out our dental implant price list page.

Our advice is to book in for a a free consultation with one of our implantologists and get the right advice for your situation.

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