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Dr. Thomas gives an insight into the factors which affect the overall cost of dental implant treatment. Following are the factors which could affect the cost of dental implant treatment.
There are different makes of implants available. All of them are basically commercially pure titanium. To group them they are less expensive ones and branded ones. The most of the commonly used implants have the same success rate. Doctors prefer certain brands to others because of the user friendliness, support from the company in supplying the parts, their previous experience etc. The so called branded ones are expensive but they don't improve the success rate.
More no of implants are used more will be cost.
If the jaw bone is very thin and if an implant cannot be accommodated then surgical procedures are needed to increase the volume of bone. For this highly technical surgical procedures like sinus graft, nerve repositioning ECT are done. These surgical procedures are usually done by specialist who is trained in such procedures.
The bone grafts are synthetic or natural and are used to augment deficient jaw bone where implants are placed. These are expensive and are charged as per the quantity used. Some times when large quantity of bone are required the bone is harvested from patients own body. For example chin, hip bone, skull etc.
(For e.g: procera crowns are more expensive than porcelain fused to metal crowns).
Sometimes angulated or esthetic or zirconium abutments are used which are many times more expensive than straight conventional abutment.
Local anesthesia and outpatient procedures are less expensive than procedures done under general anesthesia. For general anesthetic procedures patient need to be admitted in hospitals and there will be extra cost for using theater, using the services of anesthetist, anesthesia medicine etc.
Any indication for a corrective surgery after the placement of implant which could be for much reason is also brings added expenses.
By proper assessment most of these expenses can be assessed and near accurate treatment cost can be worked out in consultation with an Implantologist before starting the procedure.
(Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland)
FICOI, (Fellow of the
International Congress of Oral Implantologists). Consultant Dental and Maxillo Facial Surgeon-implantologist. Dr. Biju Thomas is a highly ...
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