Understanding The Cost Of Dental Implants In Cali, Colombia

Save thousands of dollars by getting dental implants in Cali, Colombia

For the most part, the price of a dental implant in Colombia is one third the cost of it in the US or Canada. Here is a short list of popular dental implants procedure and with typical prices that you can find in Cali, Colombia.

The Cost of Dental Implants in Cali, Colombia

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 and Membrane $420

Priced in USD

In the blog post below, we will go through the individual parts and prices associated in getting dental implants done in Colombia.

Is there a dental implant consultation fee?

If you have not been personally examined by a local dentist and talked about getting dental implants, you should try to have an online consultation with your Colombian dentist before you buy your flights and plan your dental vacation.

You should know that both, our online and physical consultations are free of any cost. If you are thinking about visiting another dental practice in Cali, be sure to know whether or not they will charge a fee for this service.

It should be noted that an online consultation will not replace the need for a physical and clinical examination. This will only give us a ballpark idea for your trip down.

For dental implants, 3D x-rays will need to be taken in order to judge whether or not your jaw bone has enough bone density to support dental implants in the first place.

What’s the price of a 3D x-ray in Cali, Colombia?

3D x-rays cost about $70 USD in Cali. In Colombia, x-rays of this class are typically administered in specialized facilities that are nearby. Unlike in the US or Canada, dental clinics do not carry all of the scan machines they could ever use.

Since many dental and medical offices cluster around one another in a certain city neighborhood, there is a high probability that a specialized x-ray facility will be a close walk away.

Many Colombian dentists in Cali will have a staff member escort you to their preferred x-ray center and guide you in getting the ideal type of x-ray, and in a format that the dentist works with best.

What is the cost of a tooth extraction in Cali, Colombia?

Generally speaking, there are three types of dental tooth extractions, simple ($90), surgical/impacted ($150), and wisdom ($220). Because not all patients will require tooth extractions and not all extractions cost the same, they are not included in the implant procedure cost.

Understanding the cost of dental implants in Cali, Colombia

Depending on your specific dental situation, extractions will be listed as a separate cost that you will be need to account for.

What is the cost of a dental bone graft and membrane in Cali, Colombia?

Depending on what the 3D x-ray you take in Cali shows, you may require a bone graft if your jaw bone does not have enough bone to support a dental implant. If you are planning on getting any teeth extracted at this time, you will also need a bone graft.

You also should know that these bone grafts do not come from your own body, instead they come from cows, oxes, and other bovine. We charge $230 per bone graft gram. Bone grafts will also need membranes that are an additional $190 USD.

If a you require a bone graft, you typically need 1, sometimes 2 grams per tooth. Should you need significant amount of bone grafts, an additional trip may be needed before the actual insertion of the implant.

What is the cost of the implant portion of the dental implant procedure?

The implant portion of the dental procedure is the rod or screw that is surgically inserted into your jaw bone. Many dental offices (in Colombia and abroad) will advertise this portion of the procedure as a way to distort the total cost of the dental implant procedure. We do not feel this is particularly honest since you and most patients may not know this.

We charge only $1,385 USD for a complete dental implant procedure, this includes the implant portion, the abutment (post), and the crown (cap). If you were to ask for the cost of the implant portion only, it would be $795.

Again, many dental offices will promote the $795 as the implant procedure price, not disclosing the additional costs like the ones we’re explaining to you in this very blog post.

What is the cost of the abutment and crown portion of the dental implant procedure in Cali, Colombia?

Once more, we include all the components of the dental implant procedure we can into a single $1,385 but many dental offices do not. Make sure you’re comparing “apples to apples” so to speak.

If you inquired how much we priced the abutment and crown, we’d say $590. Please keep in mind that not all implants or crowns are the same, these are ballpark figures.

Typically, implants are constructed out of titanium, and at times zirconia. The crowns that are placed on top of these implants are made of porcelain, and on occasion zirconia.

Dental implant manufacturers will have their proprietary crowns that will fit with their implants. The costs will vary slightly but you get the general sense. We Microdent, BioHorizons, Zimmer, Straumann for our dental implants.

What is the cost of a temporary crown in Cali, Colombia?

Another part of the dental implant procedure that many don’t realize till the end is that you may have to pay additionally for temporary crowns. With the complex and variable nature of dental implants, it is hard to include these into the total price, just like extractions.

Some dental implant procedures may require individual temporary crowns while others will need temporary dentures. For the most part, these are optional but helpful should the implant be in a visible location in your smile or if you’d like that space filled in order to chew your food better.

As you may know, dental implant procedures are usually done in 2-3 phases. The first is when the implant/rod itself is surgically placed into your jaw bone. After, you need to wait 4-6 months for this implant to fuse with your jaw bone.

If you don’t decide to get the temporaries, you will simply live with the gap (which you might be doing so already) while you wait for the second phase of the treatment to be completed.

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Once the implant and the jaw bone have fused together, you will return to Cali to have your permanent, heavier crowns placed. With proper dental care, these crowns should last you the rest of your life.

What is the cost of IV sedation in Cali, Colombia?

Depending on how many dental implants you are receiving at a given time, IV sedation might be required rather than optional.

One or two implants can be achieved with you being given laughing gas but if the plan is to get more than that in a single session, it is encouraged you get IV sedation as it will help the Colombian dentist keep you steady for a longer period of time. This will ensure proper placement and healing. Some dentists will simply insist on the sedation, as a procedural practice.

There is always the option to elect to have IV sedation even if your case does not require it. You, like many patients, may simply fear any dental procedure and would rather be put to sleep for its entire duration. Our dental office charges $470 for IV sedation in Cali.

Are there any additional medication costs when getting dental implants in Cali?

Pain medication should be prescribed by the dentist in Cali administering the work. These costs should not be a lot but ask ahead of time to know for sure. We include it in our dental implant procedure cost but you should know the policy of the Colombian dentist who will be performing the work.

Is a deposit needed for my dental implant procedure in Cali?

Some dentists in Cali will request an appointment deposit of $500. Knowing that this money may be asked of you in ahead of time will be helpful in budgeting your trip down to Colombia.

Our dental office in Cali does not require a deposit, we simply request your flight information in its place. This serves two purposes. 1. It tells us you’re serious about coming to Cali for your dental work (instead of a deposit). 2. Helps us organize your free airport pick up.

What is the cost of round-trip flights to Cali, Colombia?

Depending on which airport you decide to flight out of, when you purchase your tickets, and what time of the year, round trip flights to Cali, Colombia can range anywhere from $300-$700 USD. Chances are you will have to a connection in another Colombian city though since there are rarely direct flights from the US to Cali.

Please note that most dental implant procedures require two trips, sometimes three. Factor these costs in when trying to understand the total cost of getting dental implants in Colombia.

What is the cost of hotels while I’m in Cali?

There are numerous quality hotels and hostels in Cali to pick from. You will find amazing hotels starting at $40 a night, and some that can reach $250 depending on how fancy you’d like to get.

Hostels are also a popular, cheaper option. Airbnb rates vary depending on which neighborhood you’re looking at as well.

How much will transportation cost while I’m in Cali?

Getting around Cali is not expensive. Taxis to any part of the major city can run you around $5. Uber prices are comparable to taxis. The costs should not amount to too much.

It depends on how much sightseeing you’d like to do while you’re down here, though please keep in mind that you will be having dental surgery so you’ll want to take it easy for a few days at the very least.

Are there international transaction fees while paying for dental implants in Cali?

International transaction fees in Colombia will vary depending on the bank you use. Please review your policy before coming to Cali if you’d like to know what to expect before arriving.

If possible, put a travel notice on your card so your bank knows you’re in Colombia. You do not want your debit or credit card declined when it comes time to pay after the work has been done.

Will there be any additional expenses while getting dental implants in Cali?

Great news, additional expenses are likely to be minimal. Food in Cali is of a high and natural quality, and it’s inexpensive. Feast like a King or Queen for $15 a day while you’re down here. Though, the days after getting dental implants, you will be tender and a liquid diet will be recommended.

It might be a good idea to purchase a temporary international data plan for your phone as well so you can use it without worrying about roaming costs.

Though WiFi is often available, you may not want to risk not being without a connection at any moment. For many, it will be their first time in Colombia.

Conclusion: Understanding the cost of dental implants in Cali, Colombia

Though you save 70% on dental implants by coming to Cali, Colombia, there are just a few additional costs you will have to factor in when totaling up all costs. These additional costs are mostly in regards to travel to and in Cali.

When tallying up total trip costs, make sure you are including the consultations, x-rays, extractions, bone grafts, membrane, the complete dental implant procedure (implant, abutment, crown), temporary crowns, IV sedation, medications, deposits, flights, hotels, transportation, international transaction fees, and other small costs here and there.

Coming to Cali, Colombia for your dental implants is worth it. You will save thousands of dollars and get a bonus vacation to a wonderful new city as well.

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