Dental Implants: calculating the cost and value.
There is no doubt amongst health professionals that dental implants are the most effective means of replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth. The reasons vary from the aesthetic and psychological benefits to the health and, yes, economic reasons.
Naturally, when you opt for the best in class for care, there is a degree of premium paid for this. As such, it makes sense to consider the economic return and whether the investment is worth it. Taking the mindset that you are investing in your present and future health is a perfectly justifiable means to make your decision.
In previous posts we covered many of the non-monetarily measured benefits of implants, including their natural look, the confidence boost and the long-lasting nature of implants amongst other non-tangible benefits. When the ultimate objective is to return to your normal eating and oral hygiene habits with a natural looking, permanent solution, the advantages of dental implants are undeniable. However, in order to calculate the return-on-investment of dental implants we will have to look into the cost/benefit of getting dental implants. Let’s start with the cost
What is the cost of getting dental implants and other teeth-replacing alternatives?
The cost of dental implants (in Montreal and Canada) can vary widely- with a number of variables that can affect cost. Some of the variables include: the implant type and procedure, which teeth and number of teeth needing an implant, geographical location, whether bone grafting is needed, type of restoration to be applied (crown, bridge) and insurance coverage amongst other. The average cost of a single-implant in Canada is roughly $1600, although the range can start at $1000 and reach well above $5000 per implant. Nonetheless, the most accurate way to budget the cost of your dental implants is by talking to your dentist or oral surgeon, who will be able to give you a more precise estimate as to the overall costs involved.
When you consider the cost of the most common alternative, dentures, you notice a significantly higher upfront cost with dental implants. However, dentures require replacing roughly every 5 years. If you end up keeping your implants for 30+ years, that’s at least 6 investments in dentures that dramatically cuts into their cost effectiveness. Effective upkeep of the dentures cannot extend this period much longer either, as many are unaware how your teeth and jaw change over the course of your life, requiring replacements regardless of care.
The other most common alternative to missing teeth are bridges. Bridges require replacing less frequently than dentures (approximately every 10 years) so there are re-investment costs required here as well. There is also the concern that when a bridge fails, it is because of deterioration to the supporting tooth, requiring further spending.
What is the Return on Investment on Dental Implants?
Trying to place a value on getting implants is a difficult task given the intangible value behind some of the benefits and gains that come with dental implants. Without having numbers to back the gain in getting dental implants, we cannot give dental implants an ROI figure. Rather, it is the patient that needs to decide what is the value given to an improved quality of life and to the most natural smile solution.
Ultimately, it is up to the patient to decide whether this is a savvy investment. However, we have put together four questions to help you guide you through your decision:
- Are you seeking for a long-term solution? Dental implants can last a lifetime; with proper care, dental implants will remain securely in place for 30 years.
- Are you concerned for loss of bone? Dental implants is the only dental restoration solution that “preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss”
- Are functionality and aesthetics high on your priority list? Dental implants feel and function exactly as natural teeth do-minus any cavity fears. Dental implants allow you to eat all foods without hesitation, your speech is not affected whatsoever and you retain your face’s natural shape.
- Have you looked into financing options for dental implants? And can you afford the treatment altogether? Make sure to understand all the costs associated with your dental implant and be sure that this is something your budget can adjust to. You should also consider whether your dentist or oral surgeon provide financing plans for the treatment.
Getting dental implants is an important investment in your oral and general health, and it requires the proper research before jumping into it. We are very happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure, call us to book a consultation with our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: Dr. Antoine Chehade and Dr. Marc Shenouda.
 American Academy of Implant Dentistry.