What Does a Dental Implant Cost? Hamilton Dentists Explain

If you have lost a tooth or even multiple teeth due to gum disease or traumatic injury to your mouth, you may have explored some of the options for replacement. Traditional replacements such as dentures or dental bridges are certainly one way to restore your smile and allow you to chew comfortably and eat the foods you enjoy. Another option that is increasingly popular is a dental implant. If you’ve heard about dental implants, you probably have many questions about how they compare with dentures or dental bridges and about what a dental implant may cost. Hamilton’s Eastgate Dental Centre has the answers that will help you make your best decision.

Understanding Dental Implants

A dental implant is intended to look and function as a real tooth in every way. It is embedded into the jaw bone just as a natural tooth would be, and fuses into the bone. Like a natural tooth, it then stimulates the bone and tissue around it, thus preventing the shrinkage that often happens when a tooth is lost. (If you’ve wondered why carefully fitted dentures begin to feel uncomfortable over time, this is the reason: the gum and bone shrink and change shape when there is no tooth rooted there.) The implant will then become a permanent part of your jaw: it will be secure and the prosthetic tooth or teeth attached to the implant will be strong enough to chew naturally. There will be none of the slippage or discomfort often associated with dentures.

A dental implant is placed in two parts. The first part is performed by a dentist who has been trained to do this surgery, a periodontist, or an oral surgeon who will insert the titanium screw into the jaw bone. The second part is done by a dentist trained to place the crown or required prosthesis for your case. A crown would match the colour and shape of the surrounding teeth. The implant may also be designed to attach to your denture for increased stability and comfort of fit. This type may not be visible in your mouth.


It usually takes about 12 weeks for the titanium screw to naturally integrate into the jaw bone. Then you come in for a second appointment for placement of the prosthesis required, such as a crown. If you need to replace multiple teeth, two or more screws can be strategically placed in the bone and a dental bridge (multiple crowns) can be attached to those screws.

What Affects Dental Implant Cost in Hamilton?

The total price for a dental implant may vary, between $1,500 and $3,000, depending on the type of implant chosen and the difficulties of placing it. Often, if some time has elapsed between the loss of a tooth and the time when we do the implant, there can be some deterioration of the bone and some shifting of the remaining teeth into the space. In these situations, we will have to rebuild the bone to hold the implant securely and correct your bite before we can place the implant. The following costs are also included in the price of your dental implant:

  • The surgeon’s fees will comprise the cost of the procedure itself and the cost of the implant materials. If you do need the bone rebuilt with bone grafts or if other corrections need to be made to place the implant, these may increase the surgeon’s charges.

  • The titanium screw implanted by the surgeon typically costs between $350 and $500. If additional materials are required, such as bone graft material, or other items to secure the implant, these may be added to the implant fees.

  • Dentist fees include the initial impressions and x-rays, impressions for the final implant, placement of the prosthetic tooth above the titanium screw, any corrections to balance your bite after the dental implant is complete, and any additional aspects of the complete treatment plan.

  • Lab fees for the custom fabrication of the implant prosthesis may vary depending on what material you choose for the prosthesis (you may choose gold, for instance, for back teeth where they may have to withstand more pressure, or porcelain for a more natural look), as well as the size and number of implants and crowns you require.

Additional Charges for Complete Dental Implants

After your implant has been successfully integrated into your jaw, you will need to finish off your tooth replacement with the implant prosthesis, such as a crown. Some dentists are trained to do both the implant and the prosthesis. There are additional costs associated with adding the prosthetic tooth, including:

  • Dentist fees include the initial impressions and x-rays, impressions for the final implant, placement of the prosthetic tooth above the titanium screw, any corrections to balance your bite after the dental implant is complete, and any additional aspects of the complete treatment plan.

  • Lab fees for the custom fabrication of the implant prosthesis may vary depending on what material you choose for the prosthesis (you may choose gold, for instance, for back teeth where they may have to withstand more pressure, or porcelain for a more natural look), as well as the size and number of implants and crowns you require.

Comparing Dental Implant Cost to the Cost of Dentures

While you may feel that dental implants are initially more costly than dentures, it’s important to keep in mind that the costs for a dental implant are one-time charges. The dentists at Eastgate Dental Centre have worked with implants since 1993 and we have found that implants, once placed, can be cared for just as your natural teeth can. Further, the cost of the implant can be spread out over time – we can place the screw, thereby helping to stabilize the bone and gum tissue, and place the prosthetic part of the implant when it is convenient for you.

If you are considering dental implants, visit Eastgate Dental Centre for an assessment and estimate. If you are concerned about dental implant cost, our Hamilton office will be happy to show you some options to make the comfort and convenience of implants more affordable for you. Call our office to schedule an appointment or fill out the online form to send us your questions and concerns. Our staff will respond promptly to help you in making your decision.

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