Before looking at the dental implant growth in Canada, let’s look at just how big this is globally. In 2018, the global dental implant market worldwide was roughly $3.7 billion and is estimated to grow to $5.7 billion by 2026.
Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) have made it easier to service the market with simplified, durable and accurate implant components that are cost effective. CAD and CAM technologies make it possible for flapless surgery to reduce the overall recovery time of implantation, by ensuring that soft tissue around the teeth is not affected.
Titanium implants currently dominate the dental implant market. They have been particularly successful as they suit most procedures, are biocompatible (compatible with living tissue) and non-allergenic. Titanium implants make up approximately 70% of the global market, while other options such as zirconium and other mixed titanium alloys make up about 15%.
Prices vary from province to province, however, in Alberta you can expect to pay between $900 and $4,000 for a single implant. With such a variation in cost, it can be difficult to pinpoint a price for a full mouth of implants. One source quotes a total cost of $21,500 for a full mouth of implants.
In Ontario the average price for a single implant can range from $4,075 to $6,550. As you can see, prices vary significantly, so make sure you obtain several quotes before you commit to surgery.
Aside from the number of implants required, a main factor that affects overall costs is the type of implant used. Endosteal implants are the most common option because they are positioned directly in the jaw and are very reliable. Additional factors, such as who performs the surgery, the location and any dental coverage you have, will also affect costs.
If you are a small business owner in Canada, you can use a Health Spending Account which allows you to offset some cost by claiming the implant as a pre-tax expense. For the average Canadian citizen simply looking for a dental implant or implants, you can claim the costs under your Medical Expense Tax Credit. It is a non-refundable option but worth researching.
What Goes Into Dental Implant Surgery?
First, you will need a few tests. This will include CT scans, x-rays and anything else that might be necessary to diagnose what course of treatment you specifically need. Implant options such as endosteal implants require peeling back the gum tissue, so you will require general anesthesia and need to be assessed for that as well.
In general, this procedure is safe and simple; a hole is made to insert the screw and then the gum is reattached. You can then have the abutment (attachment) for the tooth put into place. Finally, the replacement tooth is then put into place with dental cement and a small screw.
While Canada may have one of the best healthcare systems in the world, the cost of having a dental implant is not cheap. In fact, 32% of Canadians do not have dental insurance; so a small number of Canadians have chosen to have the procedure done abroad. This might be in Mexico or Costa Rica, saving as much as 50%.
The cost of having dental implants varies greatly depending on many factors. The key is to shop around for quotes before committing to such an expensive procedure. If you can offset the costs, that will certainly help, but factoring in quality to ensure you get the implant that’s best for you, is the most important thing.