29 Apr How Much are Dental Implants in Singapore?
Dental implants are considered replacement options for the roots of missing teeth. They are also commonly used as an alternative to bridges and dentures. Dental implants are titanium screws or posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone.
Many people prefer dental implants over dentures as they are deemed more comfortable and convenient. Since they are fixed in the jaw, they won’t require any additional support to stay stable especially when used for chewing.
The average dental implant cost in Singapore can range from $4, 000 to $6, 000. However, this figure often applies to non-complex and routine cases and will pay for just the dental implants.
As of 2015, public hospitals can charge from $1,600 to $1, 944 per surgical implant fixture placement. Dental implant cost at private clinics on the other hand can run from $2, 000 to $4, 815.
What factors affect dental implant cost?
While the average cost of a single dental implant in Singapore can start at $1, 250, it can become as high as $15, 000 when other associated costs are included. Understandably, associated costs like consultation, X-ray, and CT scans can cause the overall cost to balloon.
Procedures that can significantly affect the overall cost of the procedure include sinus lifting ($1, 000 – 3, 500), surgical guides ($350 – $800), bone grafting ($800 – $2, 000), etc.
Other factors that can affect the cost of dental implant procedure include:
- Expectation – would you prefer a functional tooth replacement over natural-looking results?
- Dentist – a seasoned and more competent dentist will understandably command more in terms of professional fee
- Lab fees – crafting and modelling of the dental implant materials needed
- Brand – Korean versus European brand
- Pain relief – general anaesthesia versus IV sedation versus local anaesthesia
There are also patient factors that can add to the overall cost of the procedure. For instance:
- Extreme dental anxiety – in most cases, this will require using general anaesthesia
- Long-standing missing tooth – significant bone and gum loss may be present
- Complicated dental / medical histories – patient has had a failed dental implant surgery or has medical issues like diabetes
- High aesthetic needs – some crowns will entail layers of bespoke colouring so it will match the shape, texture, and colour of the natural teeth
Who are ideal candidates for dental implants?
People with good oral health and have good gum and bone quality are considered ideal candidates for dental implants. Oftentimes, this also means dental implant surgery for ideal patients are both straightforward and less costly.
On the other hand, patients with pre-existing conditions are most likely to require additional procedures. Cost of said procedures are added to the overall cost. Of course, paying more does not always mean you are getting more than those who are not.
As a general rule of thumb, consider it best to thoroughly discuss any proposed treatment plan with your dentist. In addition, don’t shy away from asking questions or voicing out concerns if you have any. It is important that you not only know what the procedure is all about but you also have a clear understanding of what you are paying for.