To understand the cost of dental implants, we need to understand the steps involved:
If you need to extract a tooth that is not salvageable, then you must take that into account. In Israel, extractions range from 350 NIS-2000 NIS depending on degree of difficulty and surgery involved.
Is there enough bone to place the implant? Once we extract, we often decide to place a bone graft so as to prevent losing bone height, which normally happens after an extraction . Also, there are times that we need to raise the floor of the maxillary sinus for more bone . This is called a sinus lift. Depending on degree of complication and surgery involved this can cost anything from 650-5000NIS.
The actual implant surgery is straightforward. There are 3 stages to the implant restoration which compromise the cost of dental implants.
Implant – This is the actual implant that is in the jaw which will hold the post and crown once it heals and fuses with the bone. 3500-4500 NIS
Post – the item that is screwed onto the implant which holds the crown. It is highly precise, and is made to exactly fit your implant. There is zero tolerance for failure or fracture and has to be of the highest quality. 1200-2200 NIS
Crown– The cap that looks like the tooth which is cemented onto the post. 3500-4500 NIS
There are a number of factors that make the cost of dental implants so high. The materials themselves as well as the cost of laboratory manufactured pieces are great factors. Also, the dentist has invested tens of thousands of shekels in equipment specifically for placing the implants and restoring them. There are often numerous workers who are involved in providing the service. The dentist often invests tens of thousands of shekels in training and continuing education in order to stay on top of developments in the field. Finally, you want and dentist who is good and takes responsibility for his work. All of that comes with at a cost.
There are many advertisement out there that sell implant restorations for a very low price. Caveat emptor– let the buyer beware. All dental implants are not the same and all dentists are not as well. Choose one that is nice, good and has an excellent reputation for service and reliability and you will not be sorry with the result.