Let’s face it – everyone loves a bargain, and understandably, when you see an ad for the cheapest dental implants in Australia, your interest is likely to be piqued – that is, if you’re in need of missing tooth replacement, of course.
But before you go rubbing your hands in glee, it might be worth stopping for a minute and considering why that dental implant cost is so cheap. After all, I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that “the best dental implants are reassuringly expensive” and believe it or not, there’s more than an element of truth in that. So, should you be worried when you see cheap as chips ads for dental implants here in Australia? Let’s take a closer look…
Cheap dental implants Australia – All is not what it seems
A quick Google search shows that the average price of a single dental implant in Australia is somewhere between $2500 and $5500, depending upon where you live and what other treatments need to be carried out. So, if you then see an ad to replace a missing tooth for as little as $900, then your first thought should be “why?”
It might be that the company offering the low-cost dental implant is right and, every other dentist in the country is ripping you off – what a revelation that would be, right?
However, in truth, there are probably things or factors that the $900 dentist isn’t telling you that you really need to know before you eagerly part with your cash.
Before we go on, I know what you’re thinking…You’re assuming that as dentists we need to justify our dental implant cost. However, the truth is that a single dental implant is a highly engineered piece of kit; one that’s unmatched in terms of longevity, hassle-free use, and all-round natural ability. That’s what people are initially paying for!
So, getting back to our $900 implant dentist – there are usually several reasons (well, three actually) why a dentist will want to seriously undercut their competitors. These are…
They’re sourcing cheap dental implants.
Let’s face it – if you’re going to be advertising cheap dental implants in Australia, then it’s likely that you’re going to need to source cheap dental implants. With over 200 different dental implant manufacturers to choose from, this is easily done.
The problem with this strategy is that, because there is so much competition, the only way that the new manufacturers can compete with the well-established brands like Straumann, Nobel BioCare, Zimmer Biomet, and BioHorizons implant systems, is on price.
So, while the established brands have the backing of years of evidence-based testing behind them, the newer start-up brands don’t. And, while that may sound elitist, think of it this way:
Just like any new start-up, dental implant companies can easily go out of business. As a patient, you wouldn’t want to be fitted with a dental implant knowing that you can’t get a replacement part several years down the line because the company is no longer trading.
As a top tip…Always ask your implant dentist what type of dental implants they use, and then do some research on them. Any implant dentist worth their salt won’t mind divulging that information.
They are new to implant dentistry
Here’s a scenario…Let’s say you’re a relatively new dentist who wants to start providing dental implants to their customers. The trouble is that the dentist up the road has also been providing dental implants for many years. They have a great reputation and charge accordingly. If you really wanted to steal a lead on your competitors, then you’d probably be looking to undercut them.
For any patient seeking implant-based restorations, it’s likely that you’d want to put your trust in someone with experience. You’d be looking for a dentist who can think on their feet should the process not go according to plan. You’d be looking for a dentist with the experience to adapt to any given situation, but above all, you’d be looking for an implant dentist you can trust to do the right thing!
As a top tip… Always ask your chosen dentist what experience they have and how many implants they’ve placed. So, if that figure is under 50, then you might want to rethink your dental implant cost strategy and find another more experienced dentist.
Cheap dental implant cost – If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck…
One of the main issues with dental implant pricing is that there are so many factors which can sway the dental implant cost. These include:
- The location of the dentist (Australian cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth can be expensive in terms of overheads)
- The size of the practice and the dental team
- The technology that the dentist uses
- Any extra treatments needed (tooth extractions, bone grafts, sinus lifts, etc.)
And while the first few points remain constant and can easily be incorporated into the dental implant cost, the latter cannot. While one patient is good for a straightforward dental implant, another may need a bone graft or sinus lift. This will influence the end cost.
One way unscrupulous advertisers get around this is by quoting a low ‘from’ price. So, they may say, ‘dental implants from only $900’.
The trouble is, that in many cases, not only won’t this include extra treatments where necessary, chances are the cheap dental implant cost won’t even include the basics, like the crown or even the abutment. By the time you’ve paid for all the add-ons (which weren’t actually in the price), it’s more than likely that you’ll have paid out more than for a reasonably-priced dental implant.
So, if you do come across an ad for the cheapest dental implants in Australia from only $900, then you might want to read the small print. Find out exactly what you’re getting for that price and add up the total cost. We bet it isn’t going to be $900 by the time you’re finished!
So when it comes to dental implant cost, what should you do?
We’ve already mentioned that the best dental implants are reassuringly expensive – The bottom line where dental implants are concerned is that quality matters!
So, if you really do want to experience the gold standard of missing tooth replacement, the good news is that there are still ways that you can keep the implant costs down.
Firstly, while most health insurance providers won’t cover you for dental implants, there are some that may cover you for part of the cost. With this in mind, you may want to take a look at the small print of your own health policy or maybe invest in one that does.
Another way you can keep dental implant cost to a minimum is to check for any ongoing promotions. Many dentists run dental implant promotions such as a free consultation or special 20% off offer, so it’s well worth keeping an eye out for the best dental implant deals.
Finally, not so much a discount as such, but many dentists offer flexible payment plans that allow patients to spread the dental implant cost over a number of weeks or months. Most are quick and easy to fill in and require little or no paperwork. With this in mind, you might want to ask your dentist what payment plans (if any) they offer on dental implants.
While the cheapest dental implants in Sydney, Melbourne, or anywhere else in Australia may seem like a fantastic opportunity to get your smile fixed, in reality, you’re unlikely to experience a fair price for a fully-restored smile. Instead, why not contact the Digital Dental Implants Institute. Along with our sister practice the Digital Dental Surgery Sydney, we believe in fully transparent dentistry where our patients know exactly what the dental implant cost will be, based on their specific treatment plan.
So what are you waiting for? Contact us today on (02) 8294 5812 – Sydney, and (02) 8294 8656 – Gosford, and take your first steps towards achieving a healthy, happy, confidence-boosting smile that you can be proud of.