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Q: How much do dental implants cost?

Graphic of a dental implant beside two natural molars

A: The cost of dental implants varies depending on where you live, what your dental needs are and what’s covered in your insurance plan. On average, dental implants cost between $2,000 to $4,000 each. Replacing your teeth with dental implants is considered a surgical procedure, which is why it costs more than regular checkups. There are several steps to a dental implant procedure:

  • Come in for an initial consultation
  • Get x-rays done so that the dental surgeon can see exactly what is going on and where the implant will be placed
  • Drill a hole into the bone of the jaw, allowing for implant fixture placement
  • Affix the abutment - the connecting piece between the implant fixture and replacement tooth
  • Installation of the crown (replacement tooth) on the abutment

This process can take as long as six months to complete, as healing and bone integration between the abutment and jaw needs to occur between steps. Once installed, the implant will look and function like a regular tooth.

Depending on your personal preference and dental health, crowns or bridges may be a better option. If you smoke or have significant bone loss, dental implants may not work for you.

We understand getting your teeth replaced is an emotional and potentially stressful experience. While it may be tempting to search for less expensive options, remember you get what you pay for. Advertisements online may promote cheap but flawed dental implant procedures provided by less-than-credible dentists. Dental implant procedures may lead to painful complications if done by an uncredited dentist.

We also don’t recommend flying outside of Canada to find cheaper dental implant procedures. If there are complications, it’s not easy to fly back for a follow-up procedure. Plus, the standards of care in other countries may be different. According to a study released by McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry, over 95% of dental implant procedures in North America are successful.

Remember, your dentist recommends dental procedures for the benefit of your teeth, gums, and peace of mind. An investment in your smile is also an investment in your overall health. If you're interested in dental implants and other dental procedures, book an appointment today and let our dentists help you find your best treatment options.