Save thousands of dollars by getting dental implants done in Colombia
On average, the price of a dental implant in Colombia is roughly a third the cost of it back home. You can save 70%.
Here’s a list of popular dental implants procedure and typical costs in Colombia, South America for reference. The post below will break down the unique components and costs associated in getting dental implants in Colombia.
Dental Implant Procedures (USD)
|Titanium Implant, Abutment, with Porcelain Crown||$1,385|
|Zirconia Implant, Abutment, with Zirconia Crown||$1,500|
|"All on Four" (fixed acrylic bridge)||$7,895|
|"All on Six" (fixed acrylic bridge)||$9,580|
|Bone Graft (per gram)||$230|
Is there a cost to get a dental implant consultation?
If you haven’t seen a local dentist about getting dental implants, you should at the very least have a virtual online consultation with your Colombian dentist before you decide to book flights and plan a trip down.
Our online and physical consultations are free. If you’re considering another office, make sure they won’t charge you for the consultation.
However, the online consultation will not be a complete evaluation. You will still need to be physically examined and 3D x-rays will need to be taken in order to assess the state of your jaw bone for dental implants.
How much does a 3D x-ray for a dental implant cost in Colombia, South America?
3D x-rays are about $70 USD in Colombia. In Colombia however, x-rays of this nature are typically done in nearby specialized facilities.
Unlike in the US or Canada, most dental offices do not have their own machines. Since many dental and medical offices tend to cluster around each other in a district (like in Bocagrande in Cartagena), chances are a scan center will not be too far away.
Most Colombian dentists will have a member of their staff escort you to the location and help you get the right type of scan, and in a format that the dentist would like.
How much does a tooth extraction cost in Colombia, South America?
Generally speaking there are three types of tooth extractions, simple ($90), surgical/impacted ($150), and wisdom ($220).
Since not all patients will need extractions and not all extractions are the same price, the tooth extraction is not included into the implant procedure cost. It is a separate cost that needs to be calculated.
How much does a bone graft cost for a dental implant in Colombia?
Depending on what the 3D x-ray reveals, you may need a bone graft should your jaw bone not have enough bone to support a dental implant. These bone grafts do not come from your own body, rather it is bone that comes from bovine (cows, cattle, ox, etc.)
We charge $230 per bone graft gram. Should a patient need a bone graft for a tooth, they typically need 1-2 grams. Should a patient need significant bone grafts, an additional trip prior to the implant application may be required.
How much does the implant portion of the dental implant procedure cost in Colombia?
The implant portion of the dental implant procedure itself is the rod or screw that gets inserted into your jaw bone. Many offices will promote this portion of the procedure in attempts to distort the complete price of the procedure. We do not feel this is forthcoming or honest.
We charge $1,385 for a complete dental implant procedure, this includes the implant portion, the abutment (post), and the crown (cap). If you just asked us for the implant portion price, it would be $795.
Again, many offices will promote the $795 as their implant price, not telling you there are additional costs like the ones explained in this post.
How much does the abutment and crown portion of the dental implant procedure cost in Colombia?
Again, we roll these parts of the implant procedure into the $1,385 but many places do not so you need to be sure you’re comparing “apples to apples” so to speak. If you were to ask us how much we charge for the abutment and crown, we’d say $590.
Please note that not all implants and crowns are the same, these are general prices. Typically the implants are made of titanium, sometimes zirconia and the crowns are made of porcelain or zirconia.
Different implant manufacturers will have different crowns that will work with their implants only. The costs will vary slightly but these numbers are ballparks. We proudly use Microdent, BioHorizons, Zimmer, and Straumann.
How much does a temporary crown cost in Colombia, South America?
Another component of the dental implant procedure that many patients don’t realize is that you have to pay separately for temporary crowns. Given the complex and variable nature of dental implants, it’s hard to bake these into the price.
Some dental implant procedures will require single temporary crowns while others will require temporary dentures.
As you should know, dental implant procedures are typically done in 2-3 phases. The first phase is where the implant/rod is inserted into your jaw bone. After this happens, you need to wait 4-6 months for the implant to fuse to your jaw bone.
During this time, you will be given lighter, temporary crowns so your smile is complete and you have an easier time chewing your food. After the jaw bone and the implant have fused, you come back and get your permanent, heavier crowns placed.
These crowns will last you the rest of your days should you take proper care of it.
How much does IV sedation cost in Colombia, South America?
Depending on how many implants you’re getting done, IV sedation might be optional and not required. One or two implants can be handled with laughing gas but if you are to get more during a single session, it is recommended you get IV sedation as it will help the Colombian dentist keep you steady for a longer period of time.
Of course you can always elect to have IV sedation even if you do not need it. Some folks simply fear the procedure and would rather be put under. Our offices, for instance, charges $470 for IV sedation in Colombia.
Are there other medication costs associated with getting dental implants in Colombia?
Pain medication will be provided or prescribed by the Colombian dentists. These costs shouldn’t amount to much but ask. We bake it into our price but you should know the policy of the Colombian dentist you will be getting the dental implant procedure done by.
Is there a deposit needed for my dental implant procedure in Colombia?
Many Colombian dentists will ask for a dental appointment deposit of around $500. Though you will get this money back, when budgeting for your trip, know that this money may be asked of you in advance. Our offices do not ask for a deposit, we simply ask for your flight information instead.
This serves two purposes. 1. It tells us you’re serious about coming to Colombia (instead of a deposit) and 2. Helps us coordinate your free airport pick up.
How much will my flights to Colombia, South America cost?
Depending on where you live, when you decide to fly, and with how much advance notice, round trip flights to Colombia, South America can range from $300-$700 USD. Please keep in mind that most dental implant procedures require two trips, sometimes three.
If possible, avoid December as it is the busy season and flights and hotels will be expensive. Colombia is a Catholic country and it’s actually Summer Break for the children, making December a popular time for travel. Many shops close down a few days leading up to Christmas as well.
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How much will I spend on hotels while I’m in Colombia for a dental implant procedure?
In any major Colombian city there will be many hotels and hostels to choose from. You will be able to find quality hotels starting at $40 a night, and some that can range to $250 depending on how extravagant you’d like to get.
Hostels are also a popular, cheaper options. Airbnb rates vary depending on neighborhood but that is also a great alternative.
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How much will transportation (taxi, subway, Uber) cost while I’m in Colombia?
Transportation costs in Colombia are relatively cheap. Taxis to any part of a major city can be around $5. The subway in Medellin is even cheaper. Uber costs are comparable to taxis as well.
Depending on how much sightseeing you’d like to do while you’re down here (though you will also be having dental surgery so please keep it easy), the costs shouldn’t be too high.
What international transaction costs will I incur while paying for my dental implants in Colombia?
These international costs will vary depending on your bank. Please consult them before coming to Colombia should you want to know beforehand. You will also want to let them know that you will be traveling and to put a travel notice on your card. You don’t want your card to be declined after the work has been done.
What other costs will I come across while getting dental implants in Colombia?
The other costs are minimal. Food is of high, natural quality and it’s inexpensive. You can eat like a King or Queen for $15 a day while you’re down here.
You may also want to purchase a temporary international plan for your phone to you can use it. Though WiFi is often available, you may not want to risk not being without a connection at any moment. For many, it will be your first time in Colombia.
Conclusion: Breaking down the cost of dental implants in Colombia, South America
Though you can save 70% on dental implants by coming to Colombia, there are a few more costs you will have to be mindful of, mostly in regards to travel and transportation.
When tallying up procedure costs, make sure you’re including the consultations, x-rays, extractions, the complete dental implant procedure (implant, abutment, crown), temporary crowns, IV sedation, medications, deposits, flights, hotels, transportation, international transaction fees, and other miscellaneous costs.
Coming to Colombia for your dental implants is worth it. You’ll even get a bonus vacation to a wonderful new country as well.