Why Are Dental Implants So Expensive?

The implant itself is not expensive. There are several factors that contribute to the expense of a dental implant procedure. In the next few weeks I’m going to discuss some of them for you to be more educated in the area and be able to make the best decision for yourself.

So why is there such a range of costs when you get estimates from different dental practices for dental implants? You can go across the border and have this procedure done for 2/3rd’s the cost. With the oversite of the FDA, ADA, State governing boards, ABOI standards, etc. there is a difference in the standards of care required for healthcare. With little to no standards or oversite, the service provided and the outcome may be vastly different. They may not take the time to check for underlying factors that can affect the success of the dental implants such as high sterilization standards, A1C levels in diabetics, bone loss in the lower mandibular jaw, how close the implant runs to the alveolar nerve, along with many other critical factors. I’ve had patients who have told me how much they spent in Mexico for treatment and actually spent more money than they would have in my practice for the same procedure because of needed revisions from a poor standard of care. When you pay for treatment a second time, it is much more expensive than doing it right the first time. Next week more on implant cost discussion.