Dental Implant Low Cost Philosophy
WHY LOWER COSTS AT THE LEIGH SMILE
"Thank you for your interest in Dental Implants
and the Leigh Smile Center (WESTLOCK). First, let me say that my
full-time focus, and that of my Dental Surgical Team, is Dental
Implants and related surgical procedures. It is what we do each and
every day at our Center. I have been both placing and restoring Dental
Implants successfully for over 35 years, and have placed and restored
thousands of Dental Implants in my career. Basically, I
feel that most Dental Implant procedures
in Canada are overpriced, making it more difficult for
patients to afford the many benefits of Dental Implants.
However, we think that our
Dental Implant Fees are very reasonably priced, and we'll
explain why below. Because we believe so
strongly in the benefits of Dental Implants as a treatment option, we
work very hard to keep the procedure affordable for as many patients as
possible. If you can find Dental Implants at a lower cost anywhere in
Western Canada, please let us know." -- Dr. Leigh
The information below will explain how, at the
Leigh Smile Center, we are able to offer
Dental Implant Costs for our Patients
our Center, we teach Dental Implant procedures to Dentists from all
across North America (Our Teaching Website is:
www.WesternImplantTraining.com). If the Dentist
participants happen to be attending a Course at the time of your
appointment, they will ONLY be OBSERVERS. My Team and I do ALL the
Implant Surgeries and Restorative Phases. However, we do require a
constant flow of New Patients to provide our Course participants with
lots of LIVE SURGERIES to observe. These Dentist participants pay a
Course Fee to learn from, and watch us perform the surgeries. This helps
us to keep the costs lower for our patients -- a definite benefit
for you as a client.
are located in a SMALL RURAL TOWN (Westlock) about an hour North of
Edmonton, so our overhead expenses are usually lower than in the larger
cities. We own our building and the parking is free. Our patients travel
to us from all over Alberta and adjacent Provinces. Many times we have
patients from Calgary, Red Deer, St. Albert , Rocky Mountain
House, Peace River, Grande Prairie, and Edmonton in our Center
all on the very same day. To make it worth their while to travel to our
location (aside from our vast experience and friendly, relaxing
atmosphere), we strive to keep our prices more reasonable. Some of our
patients save thousands of dollars on the larger Implant cases by
driving to Westlock.
have our own CBCT (3 Dimensional Imaging) X-Ray Scanner, that allows us
to diagnose Implant Cases, and carry out the Implant Surgeries with
precise accuracy, utilizing Computer Generated (CAD/CAM created)
original Dental Implant Patents (usually 17 years) on most
major Implant Systems have expired. Most of the original Brands have
been around for more than 20 years. Almost all Implants are now
‘Generic’ Models. That means we are able to purchase the Implants &
Component Parts at a lower price than in the past (just like Generic
Drugs), and we pass the savings on to our patients. The Implant
Companies often give us better prices because we are an Implant Teaching
Facility, and we pass these savings along to our clients. We are a
PACE Approved and ADA&C Approved Continuing Education Center for
Dental Implant Courses, so Implant Companies are continually competing
for our business.
Main Implant & Component Suppliers are: "Implant Direct Sybron
International", a California Company whose founder, Dr. Gerald
Niznick, holds more Implant Patents (35) than any other Dentist in the
World. You can check out their Website at:
www.implantdirect.com; MIS Systems from Israel,
www.mis-implants.com; Nobel Biocare,
and Zimmer Dental,
the years I have taught Implant Courses for all of these major Implant
Companies. Interestingly, the Danaher Corporation in the
USA (Website: www.danaher.com) owns both Implant
Direct and Nobel Biocare Implant Companies as well as other dental
companies like KaVo Dental Handpieces, Kerr
Endodontic, and Ormco Orthodontics. (That’s Globalization for you.)
use other Implants and Component parts from companies such as Nobel
Procera Services, Biohorizons and Henry Schein
(Infinity). University Studies have shown that, basically, all
Implants are relatively the same (a Surgical Titanium Threaded Screw).
There is no proven data to show that one system is significantly better
than another. It’s kind of like the Automobile Industry where every
Truck wins the “Truck of the Year Award”. Dental Implants have to pass
rigorous FDA & Health Canada Standards to be approved for use in
Canada and the USA. We love the Implant Systems that we use because of
their Warranties and the ease of use with all the Prosthetic Component
Most Implants at our Center only take
about 10 minutes or less to place ...
start to finish (this includes taking Digital Photos of each step in
the process). Just recently we placed an upper premolar Implant in 2
minutes and 40 seconds (start to finish) on one of our staff
members. Of course, this applies to the
implant placements where the patient has sufficient available bone
height and ... especially ... width at the implant site. If it is a
multiple implant case, such as an Implant-Supported Denture, or
Appliance' (such as 'All-on-4') there is almost always available bone. But
that is why we have a Consultation Examination for our patients, so that
we can evaluate all these things in advance. Some cases can be more
complicated, but they are usually the exception. Ask us about the
Alberta Health Services possible coverage of Implant Bone Grafting.
IMPLANT PLACEMENT FEE ONLY:
We charge $1,000. /per Implant.
This is for the cost of the Implant Placement Surgery procedure and
includes the Dental Implant
cost -- all standard width and length sizes.
If you are getting one Implant placed at our Center (with no Bone
Grafting) it will cost $1,000. If you are getting Four (4) Implants at
the same time (one time surgery) it will cost $4,000. Again, this is for
the Implant Surgery procedure, including the four Implants. We can
usually perform a Lower 4 or 5 Implant Surgery in less than an hour.
We feel we are well compensated at these prices. The paperwork and
Sterile Surgical Set-Up takes a half hour or so (my Assistants do that
part). With a few exceptions, there is a one-time surgical
facility set-up fee of $400 for the Implant placement.
SINGLE IMPLANT AND CROWN COMPLETE
(Placement and Restoration):
There are so many different Restorative Options
for Implant Prosthetics that Fee Quotes are given on an individual
basis. A simple Implant Treatment Plan would involve a single Implant
and Crown scenario to replace a missing tooth, where there is sufficient
available bone. For example, if you are just getting a Single
Implant with Abutment & Crown it will cost $2,990. (This includes
the Implant Surgery, Zirconia Ceramic Crown, the Implant Abutment / Post
and the Laboratory Fee.). The Other Fees involved cover the costs of
the Consultation Examination, the CBCT-Scan (a 3-D X-Ray), the Computer
Generated Surgical Guide, Diagnostic Study Modes,
the Specialist Radiology Report, and
X-rays required during treatment. These
Other Fees Total $1,000.
** Single Implant &
Crown includes Consultation Exam, CBCT-Scan (3-D
X-Ray), Surgical Facility Set-Up Fee, Surgical Guide, Diagnostic Study
Models, and any extra radiographs required, etc. THE FEE DOES NOT
INCLUDE BONE GRAFTING.
*** THE FULL FEE FOR
EVERYTHING (Complete): $2,990. + $1,000.
The Price for a Second (or more) Crown(s) is
just $3,190 (in the same arch on the
same surgery date). Any and
all additional X-Rays taken during treatment are included in the price.
If the second or more implants
are in a different arch,
the price will be $3,590 each for the first implant, and
$3,190 for the
second or more implants. If a patient requests a different
Brand of Implant other than the ones we stock (we carry about
$100,000.00 in Implant Stock) -- we charge an additional Fee of $300.
Tip: We don't really think that this is
necessary unless a patient just wants to spend extra money.
NOTE: The $100
Consultation fee and the $300 CBCT
Scan will be INCLUDED
the overall price, if the patient proceeds with the implant placement
and restoration at our Center. This
represents a large saving to the
patient. If not, we will be happy to
provide you with a copy of your scan. The CBCT Scan can be
forwarded to any Dentist of your choice.
We believe that Dental Implants are an
outstanding treatment option. They are arguably the
number one method to replace missing teeth, so we have made our Fees
for a Single Implant/Crown similar to, or less than, the fee for a 3
Unit Fixed Bridge (where you would have to reduce the tooth
structure of the teeth on either side of the space), or a molar root
canal with Crown.
We realize that there are higher fees for
Implants being charged in other, larger Cities; sometimes by Dentists
who we have trained at our Courses, or with fewer years of experience in
implant placement and restoration. Our Fee Schedule is based on our
lower Overhead Costs, and our ability to perform the procedures in a
timely manner. As the saying goes: “Practice makes perfect.” And we have
had lots of practice.
The Dental Laboratories that we use
are: PROTEC Dental Laboratory (Vancouver), PANARAM Laboratory (St.
Albert), Pioneer Laboratory (Edmonton), and Nobel Procera Services, a Nobel Biocare
Company (New Jersey, USA)
for “All-on-4” (or 5, 6 or more Implants) and Titanium
Implant Bars are
usually manufactured for us -- and almost all the Dentists placing
Implants in Canada -- by Nobel Procera Services in New Jersey, USA
(www.nobelproceraservices.com). The Frameworks are
manufactured in the same location. We deal directly with this
facility, thereby cutting out the middle-man fee.
Oddly enough, at different dental
offices there seems to be different prices for virtually identical
frameworks when it comes to the Final Patient Costs. We don't know why,
especially when almost all of these types of cases have to be done using
Computer Generated 'Surgical Guides' and CAD/ CAM fabrication
to make the Implant Placement more precise. We use Surgical Guides
for all our more complicated cases, and skilled freehand placement for
the simpler cases. Again, these
"Guides" are all made in only a very few Planning Centers in the USA and
Canada. The question then is why are there such price
discrepancies in costs to the patient? If
required for the procedure, we make sure
our Surgical Guides are very reasonably priced, and
are built into the overall price.
The actual cost to manufacture most
Dental Implants is about $5.00 to $7.00 per unit. Most of
the implants we use are made in the USA,
but a lot are made in other countries. Of course, the
cost to the Dentist is much higher.
Our two New Updated Websites are
These sites will give you significant information
about dental implant procedures. The Many Patient and Dentist
Testimonials we have received over the years are available on request.
Basically, we feel that most Dental Implant cases
in Canada are generally overpriced. As techniques have improved, the
procedure has become so much
easier to perform in recent years. At the Leigh Smile
Center we have tried to do something about
lowering the costs for our patients.
We hope this information helps you, and is not too
confusing. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact
us by phone: 1-780-349-6700 or Toll Free: 1-888-877-0737 and ask for
Debra our Dental Implant Coordinator, or Delia and Michelle (our Dental
Surgical Assistants). Or Email us at:
Perhaps we'll see you at our office someday.
Be an Informed Consumer
If you are considering Dental Implants as an option to
conventional dentures or missing teeth, then you should ask these
FOUR VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS of your Dental
1. How long have
you been placing and restoring dental Implants, and do you perform both
the surgical and prosthetic phases?
How many implants have you placed?
What is your success rate? and,
Specifically, what is your training and qualifications in
You should not be afraid to ask those questions, and
your dental professional should be quite willing to answer them. At the
Leigh Smile Center, we feel it is our obligation to provide you
with that information. Dr. Leigh will be happy to provide you with
his experience and training in the area of Dental Implants:
We stand behind all our work. Some dental implants do fail;
however, this is rare. At the Leigh Smile Center, we have a very high
success rate. If the implant does fail, Dr. Leigh will refund the $1,000
dental implant placement fee, or replace the implant at no additional
charge, within one year of placement.
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