Consider dental implants in Colombia, if you want a cheaper and good quality treatment from recognized dental clinics. The clinics here assure you of the best treatment in just one-third of the price you pay back home.
Cost of Dental Implants in Colombia
The cost of dental implant treatment in Colombia is just a fraction of what you spend in your country. A single titanium implant may cost up to 2000 US dollars in the USA, but it costs only 700 US dollars in Colombia.
The table below compares the costs of dental implant treatment in Colombia to that in the USA and Canada.
|Implant type||Costs in USD|
|Single Implant (Titanium)|
|1,500 – 2,000||1,200 – 1,400||700 – 800|
|Single Titanium Implant [Implant (screw) + Abutment + Crown]|
|3,000 – 4,500||2,000 – 6,000||1,300 – 1,500|
|All-on-4 Dental Implants|
|24,000||22,000||7,000 – 11,000|
|All-on-6/8 Dental Implants|
|24,000||40,000||9,000 – 10,000|
Costs of treatment in the USA and Canada have been taken from different online sources.
Why should you consider Colombia for Dental Implant Treatment?
You should consider Colombia for your dental implant treatment for various reasons, some of these are:
The low cost of the treatment is the main reason to consider dental implants in Colombia. You can be assured to save up to 65 percent to 75 percent of what you need to spend in the USA or Canada.
Also, since the cost of a hotel stay and taxi is low Expatistan
Cost of living in Colombia” Monthly ticket public transport COL$124,793 Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area COL$825,146″
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Qualified and Experienced Dentists
Colombia is known for the best universities in South America that offer good dental education Quacquarelli Symonds Limited
TOPUNIVERSITIES Destination Guides Study in Colombia” Both of these universities are considered to be in the top 15 in Latin America. Also in the global top 500 are Universidad Externado de Colombia and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.”
View in Article. Some dentists in Colombia have done their dental training in the USA.
Better Healthcare System than the USA and Canada
Colombia’s healthcare system is ranked at no. 22. The rank is out of the 191 countries that the World Health Organization (WHO) reviewed for their healthcare systems. In the same review, WHO has ranked Canada at no. 30 and the USA at no. 37. CNBC
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” Healthcare in Colombia is both high quality and affordable. The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks Colombia’s healthcare system as number 22 out of the 191 countries they review. That is better than Canada, which ranks number 30, and the U.S., which ranks number 37.”
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Location and Surroundings
Colombia is just three to six hours of flight journey from the USA or Canada. It has four seasons. The seasons generally do not change throughout the year. World Travel Guide
Colombia Weather, Climate and Geography
“Colombia’s weather offers all four seasons and they remain generally unchanged throughout the year due to Colombia’s proximity to the equator.”
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Dental Clinics run by English-speaking Dentists
The dentists that we suggest are all English-speaking or bilingual. You will not face any problem speaking about your dental concerns to them.
Some clinics also have a fully bilingual patient coordinator, so that patient and dentist’s talking is easy. This also ensures the patient is offered the best possible care.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are prostheses that look like your real and natural teeth. They are an option for those who have lost one tooth or several teeth, because of gross dental caries, periodontal disease, or any kind of trauma to teeth.
A dental implant is a metallic tooth root that is fixed into the jawbone. It holds the replacement tooth. Some also refer to the implant as a “screw”. The replacement tooth is called the “crown”. The implant and the crown are connected by a connector called “abutment”.
What Material is Dental Implant made from?
Dental implants are generally made from titanium. Titanium is light-weight, non-magnetic, and non-corrosive material. Once it is in the jawbone, bone growth occurs around the titanium screw. This process is called “osseointegration”.
In recent years, another material “zirconium” has been in use. This is a metal-free crystal material. Zirconium implants are tooth-colored, unlike titanium, as well as compatible with the oral tissues.
Picture : Titanium Implant & Zirconium Implant
Types of Dental Implants
Depending on where the implant is placed, there are two main types:
Endosseous Dental Implants
- Cylindrical or screw-like in shape
- Placed in the jawbone
- Most commonly used implants, but needs enough depth and width of the jawbone where the implant has to be fixed
Subperiosteal Dental Implants
- Not fixed in the jawbone, but lies on the top of it, and under the tissue between the gums and the bone
- Ideal for a patient with more jawbone loss. However, with modern techniques such as bone grafting, subperiosteal implants are not generally used nowadays
Techniques in Dental Implants
Bone augmentation, sinus lift, and alveolar ridge expansion are different techniques that dentists use when the available jawbone is not able to support dental implants.
- Bone augmentation – Improving the jawbone by adding bone tissue and growth factors
- Sinus lift – Adding bone below the sinus (air cavities in the bone of the face) where the natural bone has receded because of missing upper back teeth.
- Ridge expansion – When the jaw is not wide enough to support dental implants, dentists expand the ridge. They do this by adding bone graft material along the top of the jaw.
Such techniques help to rebuild the jawbone, restore the natural jawline, and provide a strong base for support of the implant.
Procedures for Dental Implants in Colombia
Depending upon the health of the jawbone and several other factors, the dentist may suggest some implant treatments that include options such as:
All-on-4® Dental Implants
The All-on-4® treatment concept by Nobel Biocare is a cost-efficient solution to restore all the missing teeth in a jaw. Prof. Paulo Malo invented the concept. He successfully treated the first patient in 1998. Later, Nobel BioCare launched it in 2004.
The full-arch restoration uses only four implants. It consists of two straight front-side implants and two tilted implants in the back region of the jaw.
Clinical studies on real patients show about 95 percent of patients to be satisfied with their new artificial teeth. Studies also show about 98 percent suggesting this treatment. Nobel Biocare
All-on-4® treatment concept
” 98% of patients would recommend this treatment. In one study, 95% of 250 patients were satisfied with their new teeth. 88% said they would definitely recommend similar treatment to friends and colleagues and 10% would consider recommending it.”
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- Back-side implants are titled at 45 degrees, so bone grafting is avoided
- Immediate loading of teeth
- Patients fully satisfied because of function, natural looks, and clear speech
Discover the All-on-4® Treatment Concept by Nobel Biocare in this video
Video courtesy: Nobel Biocare
All–on-6 and All-on-8 Dental Implants in Colombia
These are full-mouth restoration techniques carried out in patients who have lost all of their teeth in any jaw. This type of restoration involves inserting six or eight implants in the jawbone.
- Immediate function and esthetics that satisfies the patient
- Minimal discomfort and high success rate
- Additional techniques such as bone grafting are not required
Zygomatic Dental Implants
Zygomatic implants replace teeth in the upper jaw only. They are meant for patients who have a receded upper jawbone, and in whom regular dental implants cannot be placed.
In the receded upper back jawbone, one zygomatic implant places on each side. Two to four regular implants are placed in the front region.
Picture: Zygomatic Implants – Implants placed in the cheekbone
- Immediate loading of teeth
- Performed when conventional implants or techniques have failed
- The survival rate is 96% after 12 years Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation
“Long-term prospective studies with the classical 2-stage and immediate loading approaches document high success rates with only minimal complications. The cumulative survival rate of zygoma implants is 96% after 12 years.”
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Video courtesy: Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery
Immediate Loading Implants
As the name implies, immediate loading dental implants allow placement of a temporary tooth on the same day you get your dental implant/ screw placed. Therefore, this type of implant is also called the “Same Day Implant” or “Teeth-in-a-Day®”.
Immediate implants are a good option for patients who have enough natural jawbone.
- More predictable and successful than before National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery
Immediate dental implant placement with immediate loading following extraction of natural teeth
“Immediately placed and immediate loading implants are more predictable and successful than before”
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- Reduced overall treatment time
- Fewer surgical interventions
- Reduced soft and hard tissue loss
- Patient feels satisfied that missing tooth is replaced on the same day
- The approach cannot be applied to patients with low jaw bone structure.
- The procedure requires more chair-side time for the patient.
Video courtesy: Dr. David Scharf
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are:
- Toothpick-sized and narrower than the regular implants
- Used mainly in the lower denture
- Placed through less-invasive technique (reference/video for less invasive technique)
Regular implants are 3.4 to 5.8 mm in width, but mini implants are only 1.8 to 3.3 mm wide. They consist of a titanium screw with a ball on the end. It has a socket that attaches the tooth to the screw.
Why are Dental Implants Effective in Replacing Missing Teeth?
In dental implant treatment, the implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone. The placement of the implant preserves the jawbone and prevents its recession.
It does not need the trimming down of the adjacent tooth. Moreover, it does not cause any inconvenience to the wearer.
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Are You the Right Patient for Receiving a Dental Implant Treatment?
If you answer “yes” to some of the following questions, then you may be the right patient for receiving dental implants treatment:
- Have you lost one or more teeth?
- Did you have bridgework done earlier that you think needs to be replaced now with a better solution?
- Is your denture bothering you by slipping while speaking/ eating?
- Are you on liquid or semi-solid foods because you cannot chew due to the absence of teeth?
- Are you looking for natural-looking artificial teeth for your missing teeth?
Poor Candidate for Dental Implant Treatment
One may not be an ideal candidate for receiving dental implant treatment if they have:
- Lost jawbone due to gum and periodontal diseases
- Had radiation therapy in the mouth as a part of cancer treatment
- Chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus
- Are a young kid (because young kids do not have fully developed jawbones)
- Heavy smoker
- Drugs and alcohol addict
Why choose Implants over Dentures?
Choosing dental implants over dentures or bridgework is preferable for several reasons:
- Prevention of Bone Loss: Dental implants preserve natural jawbone, but jawbone recedes in those wearing dentures
- Pleasant Natural-looking Teeth: Implants look like natural teeth, while dentures do not.
- Permanent and Long-lasting Solution: Implant lasts longer, but dentures need to be replaced every seven to 10 years.
- Preserve Healthy Structures: Bridgework needs cutting of adjacent teeth for support, but an implant can stand on its own.
- Easy Care and Maintenance: Implants can be brushed and flossed, but maintaining dentures is not easy.
- Low Maintenance Cost: Dental implant is a permanent solution with no maintenance cost, but dentures involve ongoing expense for fixatives and adhesives. Therefore, at first, though dentures may seem cheaper, their full cost can be higher than implants.
Clinics for Dental Implants in Colombia
Oralimagen Dental Clinic in Medellin
The clinic is located in Medellin, a city recognized for eight of the top 42 hospitals and clinics in South America. The clinic caters to the dental needs of local and international patients. It has the experience of placing around 2000 implants. Dr. Camilo Correa is one of the qualified dentists working here.
Dr. Camilo Correa
- Implantologist and Oral Rehabilitation Specialist
- Completed Advanced Training Course in Implantology from the Branemark Institute in Santiago, Chile.
- 18+ years experienced
The clinic is close to hotels and apartments that offer both private and shared stays. You can choose from a wide range of accommodations, according to the prices, location, and amenities.
At Oralimagen, dental implant treatment is offered via CAD-CAM technology.
Dentica Dental Clinic in Bogota
Located in Bogota, the capital of Colombia, Dentica dental clinic by Cristina Suaza offers dental implants by well-experienced dentists. The clinic has all modern technology. All dental clinicians working here are more than 10 years experienced.
Dr. Cristina Suaza
The lead dentist, Dr. Cristina Suaza, is a Maxillofacial Surgeon. She is a member of the Colombian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ACCOMF).
The team of dentists working here are active members of the following associations and organizations:
Estetica Dental Avanzada, Cali
Estetica Dental Avanzada is in Cali, which is to the south-west of the capital city of Bogota.
Dr. Juan Fernando Uribe
- Over 17 years of experience with 1500+ implants placed.
- Speaker and Scientific Consultant for Zimmer-Biomet.
- Trained by Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, the “Father of Modern Implantology”
In case of any problems leading to loss of the implant, the clinic offers a free treatment with a new implant.
Carlos Acevedo Dental Clinic in Barranquilla
The clinic is in Barranquilla, the capital of Colombia’s Atlántico Department.
Dr. Acevedo’s clinic treats patients with dental implants using guided surgery. This is the newest, effective, and less invasive way of placing dental implants.
Picture: Placement of Dental Implants with Guided Surgery
Dr. Carlos Acevedo
- An Oral Surgeon and Implantologist
- Certified trainer in CEREC Solutions
- Taken part in Continuing Dental Education at the University of New York
The dental implant treatment in Dr. Acevedo’s clinic begins with an evaluation of the teeth and surrounding oral tissues. This is done with the help of CAD-CAM technology. Evaluation is followed by a scan of the inside of the mouth. This helps in studying the jawbone. It finds the exact location and depth for placing the implant. In this way, the complete treatment procedure is planned before starting the treatment.
In his clinic, Dr. Acevedo guides a team of qualified specialists from Barranquilla. The specialists are from different branches of Dentistry, such as Oral Rehabilitation, Endodontics, and Periodontics.
Centro de Implantes de la Costa, Cartagena
This is a popular dental tourism clinic in Cartagena. Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. It is also a popular beach destination.
Dr. Julio Oliver Gonzalez
The clinic is run by Dr. Julio Oliver Gonzalez, who is an Implantologist with more than 17 years of clinical experience. He is a well-known dentist in Cartagena and the Atlantic Coast in Colombia.
Highlights of the Clinic
- A modern dental clinic with the latest equipment
- High-speed internet in the waiting room
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Dental Implants Cost so less in Colombia than the USA and Canada?
The cost of labor in Colombia is much cheaper than in the USA and Canada. In the USA, the costs are also increased because of insurance companies, making it very high for those patients.
In Colombia, cheaper dental implant treatment does not mean cheap quality. The clinics here use the same materials as clinics in the USA and Canada use. The material is from the same companies that supply in the USA. Clinics here use materials from top companies such as BioHorizons and Zimmer.
How do I Know Whether an Implantologist in Colombia is Good or Not?
You must consider the training and experience of the dentist in treating patients with dental implants. Also, look for patient testimonials to learn about their experiences with a particular dentist.
How Safe is Colombia for Dental Tourism?
Some years back, people did not consider Colombia to be a safe place for travel. However, things stand changed now.
As per the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the attacks carried out by the People’s Army (FARC) have stopped almost fully. Overseas Security Advisory Council
How Safe is Colombia for Dental Tourism?
” Following the November 2016 peace accord with the FARC, attacks committed by this group as an organization stopped almost entirely.”
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However, as with any other new place, it is always best to be careful. You must avoid visiting places that are known to be unsafe to visit.
I have Gum Disease. Can I Still Get Dental Implants in Colombia?
If you have gum disease, it needs to be treated before you receive the implants. One necessity for receiving a dental implant is that your gums should be in good health.
How Many Visits Are Needed if I Plan for Dental Implants in Colombia?
Generally, dental implant treatment needs two visits to the clinic. The first visit is for placing the implant or the screw. The second visit is after four to six months. This is for placing the crowns. However, in most cases, dentists can place a temporary crown on the first visit only.
How Well do Dentists in Colombia Speak English?
In general, roughly 10 percent of dentists in Colombia are English-speaking dentists. Some of these may speak fluent English, but some may speak basic English, so that basic speaking is understood. But the dentists we have suggested are bilingual or English-speaking. They cater to a large number of patients from the USA and Canada.
Some clinics also have a fully bilingual patient coordinator. This ensures that the patient receives the best experience for his treatment in Colombia.
What are the Places I can visit if I get my Dental Implants in Colombia?
Colombia is a big country with many places worth visiting. Which place you want to visit depends largely upon your interest!
- Bogota – Visit La Candelaria for museums, cobblestone streets, and government buildings.
- Cali – Enjoy a Salsa show. You can also visit San Antonio in the coffee region.
- Cartagena – Visit the island chain, the Islas del Rosario, nearly 100 km from Cartagena. It is known for coral reefs.
- Medellin – Visit Parque Botero, the Botanical Gardens, and the Metrocable. These are either free or very cheap.
- Barranquilla – Enjoy big funfairs and some interesting landmarks. You have lots of different dishes to try and parties to attend.
Which is a Good Time of the Year to visit Colombia?
Seasons in Colombia generally remain unchanged throughout the year. So anytime during the year should be fine, but not December and January. Avoid these months as this is the holiday season. Airfares and hotels may be more expensive.
How much will Taxi and Food cost in Colombia?
In Colombia, the least fare for a taxi is around 2 US dollars. A good meal at a family restaurant can cost you as low as 4 US dollars. A meal at a mid-range restaurant will not be more than 10 US dollars.
You can buy your flight tickets a few weeks or a couple of months in advance. The airfares will be cheaper then.
What are the Payment Methods accepted by Dentists in Colombia?
You can make your payment using cash, cards, wire transfer, PayPal and checks. If you want to pay in cash, dentists here accept US dollars also.
If I am a Smoker, Can I Undergo Treatment with Dental Implants?
Clinical studies have frequently shown the failure of implants in smokers. This may be because of the damaging effects of smoking.
If you are a smoker and want to receive dental implant treatment, your dentist may advise you to stop the habit. You may have to stop smoking one week before the implant surgery. They may advise you to not smoke even up to two months after placing the implants.