Dental implant abroad: How much can we save?

Dental implant abroad

If you want to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, you know that this decision could be traumatic, both emotionally and financially.

By checking on the Internet, you have surely become aware of the affordable costs if you choose to go abroad.

So, you need to understand the entire process in order to know all of the costs before making a final decision.

Let me guide you by offering you this practical information about dental implants, no matter if you decide to go abroad or not.


How much does the entire process of a dental implant cost?

Obviously, any surgical procedure is different, because many factors determine the price of a dental implant.

There are the management fees, the dentist’s fees, the patient’s physical situation, the condition of the jaw and gums, if a bone graft or a sinus lift surgery is required, if a dental extraction is to be performed, temporary tooth, permanent crown and travel expenses.

Because of all of these things, it’s hard to price, but it’s not what you want to hear. You want to know how much a dental implant costs in your country and also abroad.


It will cost you between 4,650 US $ and 5,950 US $ in Canada, UK or USA, and between 1,975 US $ and 2,450 US $ abroad.


Here is a list of average prices that you can expect to pay for each item of a dental implant on a molar:


Molar  USA   Canada UK
Consultation 100 $ 100 $ 100 $
Extraction 400 $ 350 $ 350 $
X Ray 3D 250 $  250 $ 250 $
Bone graft  800 $ 700 $ 800 $
Dental implant surgery 1800 $ 1600 $ 1500 $
Dental abutment installation 500 $ 400 $ 450 $
Temporary tooth 100 $ 100 $ 100 $
Zirconia dental crown 2000 $ 1700 $ 1800 $
TOTAL 5950 $ 5200 $ 5350 $



Molar  Colombia Mexico Hungary
Consultation 0 $ 100 $ 100 $
Extraction 50 $ 100 $ 100 $
X-Ray 3D 150 $  150 $ 150 $
Bone graft 375 $ 400 $ 400 $
Dental implant surgery 750 $ 850 $ 800 $
Dental abutment installation 150 $ 200 $ 200 $
Temporary tooth 50 $ 50 $ 50 $
Zirconia dental crown 450 $ 700 $ 650 $
TOTAL 1975 $ 2550 $ 2450 $


Why are dental implants so expensive?

In order to understand the high cost of dental implants, you need to understand what the procedure entails.

First, an implant is considered a surgical procedure. Your dentist must have undergone training in implantology, otherwise you will need to consult an oral surgeon, a dental technician or another type of specialist. The cost can be considerably higher than the rate charged for a simpler procedure due to the credentials and training required to perform the job.

Although we call the process a dental implant, the actual implant is only part of the procedure. Because the success of the implant depends on a correct diagnosis and subsequent care, from the initial consultation to the final crown, it is imperative that certain steps are followed and that they are expensive.


What are the best countries for dental implants abroad?

There are many affordable and quality dental implant options around the world. The best country or location is usually the one that saves money and is close to your country. For Americans and Canadians, Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia may be the best options.

For the Australians, Thailand, Vietnam and India do the trick. For Europeans, Poland and Hungary are traditionally the preferred destinations for dental implants abroad.

Even adding the cost of flights, accommodation and vacation costs, the entire package for dental implants abroad can still be much cheaper than private dental treatment in Canada, UK or USA.


The complete process of a dental implant


Step 1 – The consultation

During the consultation and planning, the dentist visually examines the site in your mouth where a dental implant is being considered as well as dental imaging studies (tomography).

At this point, the quality and quantity of jaw bone is assessed to determine if a bone graft is required at the site.

Once it has been established that a dental implant can be placed in the desired location, you return to undergo the surgical procedures.


Step 2 – Surgeries

During this appointment, you receive local anesthesia to numb the surgical area as well as any other sedative necessary for comfort and anxiety.

This second stage of oral surgery often involves tooth extraction. Often the site of a dental implant still has an existing damaged tooth. In order to prepare the placement of a dental implant, the tooth must be extracted.

Most often, a bone graft is placed to obtain a solid bone base for the implant. This site will be allowed to heal between three to six months. For a site that has no loss of teeth and bone, a different bone graft will be needed which will be placed over the existing jaw. This procedure is more complex and usually requires about six months or more to heal.

In some cases, when the patient has enough bone, the damaged tooth can be extracted followed by the implant placement procedure at the same appointment. This procedure is called immediate implantation.

In the situation where an implant must be placed in the maxilla (upper jaw) in the rear or posterior region, sometimes the amount of bone available can be limited by the presence of the maxillary sinus (space filled with air found in the bones of the face). A sinus lift is done to raise the sinus floor and graft more bone into the sinus. This will make more bone available to support a dental implant.


Steps 3 – Installation of the implant

Once the solid and adequate bone is present, the site is ready for the implant. When the implant is placed, an incision is made in the gum and the dental implant (titanium screw) is placed in the bone with a drill and special tools. A healing cap is placed on the implant, the gum is sewn and the cicatrization phase begins.

The cicatrization phase is the period to heal the gum, therefore between 5 and 7 days. Sometimes it takes longer when a bone graft or sinus lift has been performed.

After the cicatrization phase and during the osseointegration phase, a temporary prosthesis can be made to replace the missing teeth for cosmetic purposes.

The healing time greatly depends on the quality of the bone present. The healing time is generally between three and six months. During this time, the implant integrates with the bone. It is important to avoid placing force or strain on the dental implant while it heals. Follow-up appointments to check the surgical site are usually done to make sure that no infection exists and that healing takes place.


Step 4 – Laying the dental crown

After the healing period of osseointegration, the dental implant is tested to determine if it has been properly absorbed by the surrounding bone. Once confirmed, a prosthetic component is placed to the dental implant via a screw. This component is called a dental pillar. It is used to hold the replacement tooth or the dental crown.

The dentist will take an impression (mold) of this pillar in the mouth and have a custom crown made in the laboratory. The crown on implant is either cemented or is fixed with a screw to the abutment.


For those who have lost all their teeth

For people who have lost all their teeth due to caries or gum disease of the upper and / or lower arch, an option is available to provide a very stable and comfortable prosthesis using a minimum number of implants.

The All-On-4 dental procedure can be used to replace all teeth on a single arch (upper or lower).

The implants are placed strategically in areas of good bone structure and a thin prosthesis is screwed into place. The All-On-4 technique allows a replacement of the teeth which is stable (not removable) and resembles natural teeth compared to the old method of traditional complete and removable prostheses.


Why Colombia for your dental implants?

We invite you to discover the advantages of coming to Cartagena in Colombia for your dental implants or All-on-4 and thus return home with deep satisfaction of well-being and significant savings.