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Implants are generally one of the more costly procedures in dentistry. A single implant for a generic, straightforward case will cost approximately $3000-$5000.
Of course , not all cases are simple: many people have resorbed bone, may require bone augmentation (bone expansion, bone graft)
May also require tissue augmentation
Can either do it at private practitioner or at a government hospital.
Can I do my implants at a government institution?
Yes, many government hospitals and institutions offer implants.
Government institutions offering dental implants are:
- Changi General Hospital (CGH)
- Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH)
- National Dental Centre (NDCS)
- Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH)
- National University Hospital (NUH)
- Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)
In government hospitals or institutions, implants are usually not subsidised, compared to other forms of treatment like fillings, root canals, and dentures.
The average price of implants listed on the MOH website ranges from $3099 to $5303.
Government hospitals tend to have longer waiting times than private practitioners.
Can I have my implants done by dental students in NUS?
Dental undergraduates in NUS dentistry offer many services at very highly subsidized rates. Some examples include root canals, crowns, and dentures.
Unfortunately, dental implants are not one of them. This is because the implant curriculum is not yet fully established in NUS, and dental students are not trained in providing implants.
Dental postgraduates (certified dentists who are undergoing training to become specialists) attending implant courses in NUS, however, may be able to do implants for you.
The prices are very much reduced, and sometimes you may only need to pay the cost price of the materials.
Dental implants at private practitioners
This is where the price varies over a larger range due to the multiple variables and alternatives. While many people balk at the high cost of implants, what they do not know is the multiple procedures and visits that have to be done before they get their implant.
It is useful to think of the implant procedure as two main phases: the surgery phase and the prosthodontic phase.
The surgery phase involves placing the implant into bone; the prosthodontic phase involves fabricating the final crown to be attached to the implant.
If you pause to think - a crown usually costs $1000-$2000 at a private practitioner; this already contributes to a considerable bulk of the final price.
Implant cost that clinic quotes may or may not include all these procedures
Listed below are the common procedures and estimated costs that you will incur when doing your implants.
Initial assessment, consultation : from $50 upwards
Radiographs are commonly used in the diagnostic and consultation stage. There are 2 types of radiograph: 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional.
2D radiographs are used commonly in our daily practice. They are useful in showing the surrounding structures of the tooth as well as what lies underneath the gums - which we cannot visualise.
Examples of 2D radiography are the OPG and the periapicals.
The OPG costs anywhere from $50 upwards, and the smaller periapicals cost $15 upwards
3d radiography is used commonly in implant dentistry and allows us another dimension of view that is otherwise missing in traditional 2d xrays. Uses include judging thickness of bone. They are more expensive and cost from $350 upwards depending on area of view
Surgery stage - from $1800 upwards
Your general dentist may do this stage himself. In other more complex cases, however, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon specialist to get this stage done. Do note that specialists charge more and this will raise the overall cost of the implant procedure.
Prosthodontic stage: from $1500 upwards
Having a normal crown usually costs less than an implant crown. There are more parts involved like abutments and screws.
Regular reviews - from $40 upwards
Bone grafting: $600 upwards to $10000
The cost of bone grafts varies widely because there are many forms available. Check out my article here for a comprehensive review of bone grafts!
Autografts (bone taken from another site from your body) usually costs more because it requires an additional surgery. If the bone is taken from an intraoral site, the surgery typically costs $2000-$3000.
In more complex cases, bone may have to be harvested from your hip. This usually requires you to be under GA and will require admission to a hospital. Depending on how complex the surgery is, it may cost up to $10,000!
Nowadays, it is common for clinics to offer synthetic bone grafts. These may cost upwards from $600 to many thousands, depending on what technology is used. The newest bone grafts are called synthetic osteoconducive bone, and it is claimed that these bone graft material can stimulate extra bone growth. These are usually the most expensive synthetic grafts around.
Don’t be afraid to ask!
In this technological age, clinics usually maintain an internet presence. Most of them will be glad to answer your emails and give you a cost estimate. If your neighbourhood family dentist does not have a website, just go down to ask them!
Also note that the price you are quoted may not be the final price you pay. Implant involves many steps and hiccups are common along the way. There may be extra procedures here and there that may add to the total bill.
Can I use Medisave to offset my bill?
Yes! Fortunately, implants are Medisave claimable because they involve a surgical process. You can claim up to $1250 for a single implant.