If you’re reading this you have either already been informed about the tooth implant cost in Australia from your dentist, or you’ve been told you need implants and want to know how much to budget for.
Regardless of where you are in the process, it’s important to note that implants are an investment in your future. And the procedure involved does need to be performed skillfully and professionally if you want the full benefit of your dental implant.
A high-quality dental implant that is placed by a professional can be expected to last a lifetime. And here’s why it’s worth paying for.
For patients who are missing teeth, dental implants provide an aesthetically pleasing and virtually unnoticeable replacement for regular teeth. One of the main considerations and one of the biggest sources of concern for patients is whether they need bone grafting for dental implants.
What Factors Influence the Dental Implant Cost?
Typically the total cost of dental implants is presented as one amount but the procedure itself will probably span a few months. This is because placing a dental implant is a surgical procedure and your jaw needs enough time to heal between the different stages.
Your dentist should provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that outlines the timeline for completion and fully explains all the line items in your dental implant cost.
The Cost Of The Implant
Dental implants are usually crafted from titanium, which is a strong and durable metal unlikely to corrode. Titanium is extremely long lasting and is chosen for implants because it is likely to last for the rest of your life. It is also a biocompatible metal, meaning it is well received by the body, minimising the risk of implant failure.
Because you are effectively replacing your tooth’s roots you do need to work with qualified professionals who are experienced and skilled. And this, of course, also contributes to the total cost.
So, what can you expect to pay for dental implants?
Depending on the complexity of your procedure, where the implants are going to be placed and whether you need a bone graft the range for dental implant cost is between $5500 and $7000. The variables that influence the cost include:
The kind of implant used in your procedure
With more than 3 million people wearing implants the market is wide open in terms of variety. And, as time passes so technology improves and produces higher quality implants.
Where you have your procedure done
If you live in a major city and your dental practitioner has high overheads in Sydney or Melbourne, this is going to be reflected in your dental implant cost.
How complex is your case?
If your case is complex or you need additional work done like a sinus lift or a bone graft, this will come at an additional cost. Complex cases also require more follow up visits, and this will be added to your total.
If you’re having multiple implants placed, your dentist may give you a discount.
According to Dental Guide Australia, placing a single dental implant can cost between $5000 and $5500, while an all-on-4 dental procedure can cost up to $30000.
Are There Cheaper Options Available?
In recent years there’s been a definite uptick in dental tourism where Australian locals have sought cheaper dental services in exotic locations in order to pay less. But, you really do get what you pay for and in many cases, these procedures end up with complications that are difficult to resolve.
Will Dental Insurance Cover My Implants?
Dental implants are very often listed as exclusions on private dental policies. They are still considered elective procedures by most insurers and will need to be specified under a major dental policy.
It is worth enquiring if your insurer will allow you to list it as an extra. If so, you may be subject to a waiting period of up to 12 months before you can claim.
Are implants worth the investment?
If you think about the important work that your teeth do, from chewing your food to giving your face structural integrity and enabling you to speak so that you can be understood, your teeth are quite priceless.
When you weigh dental implants up against other tooth replacement options, they far outperform bridges and dentures in terms of comfort and permanence.
While there’s no recommended amount to pay for implants, if they are being placed by a suitably qualified professional and made from high-quality materials, they are certainly worth investing in your future.