What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a method by which not only the crown of the tooth (the visible part) but also the root is replaced by means of a kind of screw made of titanium, which is a material that due to its properties can adhere to the bone. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or even all the teeth both above and below. It is the ideal and most stable option in terms of dental treatment because it is the option that offers the best comfort and unlike the other options is completely fixed.
How Much A Dental Implant Can Cost
A dental implant always requires an evaluation for the price since many elements influence its value. It may require more than 1 specialist.
NOTE: In dental implants price variations are very common because the techniques vary from one patient to another. The complexity, as well as external factors such as the price of the dollar alter the prices. The numbers shown here are merely indicative. It is necessary an evaluation for knowing the price. Sometimes, the price is given after taking X-rays or tomographies and even then, during the process the value may vary.
The elements that influence the price of the dental implant are:
1. The bone
Bone cost: It can range between 200.000 COP and 1.000.000 COP.
This is one of the most important points to consider because when there is a good bone and there has not been much re-absorption the price decreases considerably and also increases the success of the treatment. This is why it is very important that if it is a single tooth that was lost it is replaced as quickly as possible. The more time passes the higher is the decrease of the bone and therefore the cost. If you do not have bone do not worry, there are many ways to replace it depending on the area and the amount needed for the dental implant with different kinds of grafts.
Also, for patients who need total upper prosthesis supported with implants there is the option of zygomatic implants. These implants are special for cases where there is not much bone in the upper jaw and fix the prosthesis. They are longer and require a different process than traditional implants.
Bone cost: it can range between 200.000 COP and 1’000.000COP.
2. The area in which the implant is to be placed
The cost varies in these cases because if it is a tooth in the smile area, it should be made 100% ceramic for greater naturalness and to achieve a smile full of confidence. On the other hand, if the implant is for a posterior tooth, an implant with a metal ceramic crown is probably required, for better resistance. This is more affordable than a 100% ceramic crown. It should be noted that a crown that will go on an implant will always cost more than one that goes on a natural tooth because the process is much more elaborated and delicate.
Cost: From 1’400.000 COP and up
3. The reaction to the implant surgery
Implants should always be performed by expert hands, always by a specialist in the following areas: oral implantology, oral rehabilitation, periodontist or oral surgeon; never by a general dentist. Many times during healing the bone may have resorbed more than desired. This may require additional surgeries and additional bone to increase support.
The cost of these surgeries ranges from 300.000 COP and up.
4. The implant surgery itself
Cost: from 1500.000 onwards
In the implant surgery the “little screw” is placed. In that same surgery bone grafting is performed and the decision is made whether the implant will have a crown at once or if it will be left “hidden” during the healing process.
Cost: from 1’500.000 COP onwards
5. The number of teeth to be replaced
The number of teeth to be replaced makes the value change a lot, since many times the cost is not per unit but for the general treatment.
6. The patient's habits
If the patient is an ideal patient, does not smoke and takes care of his oral hygiene, the success rate increases considerably. If, on the contrary, he/she ignores the recommendations given by the specialist, this may cause damage to the patient and require additional interventions in the future, which increases the price.
7. If there is any disease that influences the result
If the patient has problems in the healing process, such as diabetic patients, this may require additional procedures in the implant or bone. It also requires constant referral to the doctor who is responsible for approving any dental treatment.
Duration of treatment
There are patients who have lost a tooth due to a fracture or a minor accident. If the bone is checked and does not present any problem and it is observed to be suitable and if it is also a very important tooth for aesthetics such as the front teeth, an immediate implant can be considered. The tooth that was in the bone is removed and the “little screw” is immediately put in place. If the patient wishes to have the final tooth as soon as possible, we proceed to start the elaboration of this that lasts about 3 to 4 weeks. During this period, the patient will have a temporary tooth in his/her mouth, so he/she should not worry about the esthetics.
To keep in mind:
This type of implant is only recommended in ideal condition. It is very important to follow the indications of the specialist because the faster the definitive crown is in the mouth, the less is the healing time of the tooth.
Implants in 6 months
This type of implant is the most advisable, since it allows the bone to recover and gives time for the implant to osseointegrate correctly.
First, the implant surgery is performed, it is left covered. After 3 to 6 months, radiographic follow-up is done to verify the current status.
If ideal, a second phase surgery is performed. In this phase, the process to place the temporary acrylic crown begins and the laboratory process for the definitive crown is started.
Implants older than 6 months
When there is not enough bone in the area where the implants are going to be placed, an additional phase is required even before the implant, which is a bone grafting phase. A prudent time should be given for it to heal, but not too much time because it will be reabsorbed. This will be analyzed in each particular case to increase the success rate of treatment.
Types of dental implants
This is the implant used to replace a single tooth. It is ideal because the esthetics and functionality is very similar to having a natural tooth and even when it comes to oral hygiene and flossing.
Other alternatives to dental implants
In some cases, dental implants cannot be performed due to medical indications such as: ack of time, technical difficulties, lack of bone or economic factors. For these cases, you should not worry because in Vienna Clinic we have many more options for you. We have a variety ofprices in order to improve your confidence and smile
– Maryland bridge
– Bridge supported by conoras
– Hawley plate with tooth
– Simple Acker
– Aesthetic plate
Dental implants, as we explained before, can be performed in several phases or immediately. However, there is always a moment in which the surgery is performed, which is one of the most crucial moments for the success of the treatment. Here we give you the teatment care
After the surgery
1.Remember that some bleeding, pain and swelling are normal.
2. Apply ice or cold gel packs for 20 minutes and rest for 20 minutes the following 24 hours.
3. During the first 24 hours, to control swelling, eat cold foods and drinks such as milkshakes, ice cream, popsicles, cold juices, jello.
4. After the first day, apply warm water packs for 20 minutes and rest for 20 minutes.
5. Consume fruits such as papaya and pineapple for the next 5 days (it will help to improve healing).
7. Avoid using any type of mouthwash for the first 2 days.
8. Avoid consuming hot food and drinks during the first 24 hours.
9. Avoid sun exposure during the first three days or in case of bruises, avoid the sun until they disappear.
10. You should rest for the first few days.
11. Avoid any type of exercise for the first 3 days.
12. Brush your teeth normally and very softly in the healing area.
13. Do not use any rinse containing alcohol (Listerine), or iodine (Isodine), until we indicate that the healing was successful.
14.Avoid drinking with straws for the first 24 hours.
15. In case of hemorrhage make pressure with a gauze biting it in the area for 20 minutes.
16. Avoid smoking during the healing period of surgery.
17. . If you are using birth control pills and are taking antibiotics, it is advisable to use an additional method of birth control because antibiotics will decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.
18. The suture is removed eight days after surgery.
19. Remember that if you are in a lot of pain or have a lot of bleeding you should call our phone numbers 322 9224 immediately.
Care when the surgery is already healthy:
– The most important thing is ALWAYS to attend the controls and maintenance since the correct oral hygiene and avoid the formation of calculus will improve the stability of the treatment along the time.
-Radiographic controls should be performed as indicated by the specialist. It is the only way we can visualize if the implant is properly integrated to the bone or if any additional procedure is required.