Dental implants are the most cutting-edge way to replace missing, broken, or decayed teeth.
Dental implants function just like your natural teeth, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. The team at Advanced Dental Care is here to help walk you through every step of the dental implant process. Of course, many patients wonder, “What is the average cost of a dental implant?” Here is a breakdown of the many factors that go into determining dental implant cost.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tiny titanium screw which serves as a root for a permanent crown. The primary advantage of dental implants is that you can eat, drink, and brush just like you do with your natural teeth.
Because dental implants provide enough biting pressure, they also help maintain proper jawbone density.
In order to be eligible for a dental implant, you need to be in good health, have good bone density, and not be pregnant. If you have low bone density or active gum disease, these issues are addressed first, which can increase your overall dental implant cost.
A dental implant is an invasive procedure and completed in several phases.
It’s important to understand what factors may affect your total cost, and what payment methods are available to help you achieve your winning smile.
Dental Implant Cost
Throughout the phases of dental implant surgery, there are several points at which the process may become more or less extensive and costly.
Location of the tooth
Implants in the back upper jaw take more work because of the sinus space. In these cases, your dentist may recommend a “sinus lift” to provide enough bone for the implants to anchor into.
Other teeth locations require exact trajectories into their locations to fit with your jawline.
More complex locations will increase the cost of your implants.
If you need more than one tooth replaced, dental implant cost will be more.
If the tooth needs to be extracted before the implant procedure, this will impact your cost. If you are having an entire row of teeth replaced, any additional extractions will increase your final total.
Bone density and grafting
If the bone quality in your jaw is poor, bone grafting adds to your dental implant cost. You may need a bone graft if you have poor bone density or if you’ve lost bone from a tooth that has been missing for some time. Bone grafting involves placing cadaver, animal, or synthetic bone with your own bone to provide a stable area to hold the implants.
Overall oral health
If you have tooth decay in teeth nearby the implant or periodontitis, you will need these issues addressed before you move forward with the implant surgery. This may involve fillings, extensive dental cleanings, and scaling and root planing.
The Dangers of “Going Cheap”
It’s natural to want to save money; however, trying to “go cheap” for dentistry can have serious consequences. Known as dental tourism, some patients travel overseas to obtain a dental implant. While foreign dentists may have experience and training, continuing education, hygiene standards, and dental tool standards are not nearly on the level of Australia standards in many dental tourist countries.
Some dental tourists receive care using substandard materials, unsterilised tools, or improper methods. Besides the serious health consequences, dental tourism poses, getting a dental procedure from overseas repaired can be costly.
Australia’s governing dental body devotes time and research to provide Australians with the most up-to-date and medically sound dental care methods.
Accepted Payment Methods
At Advanced Dental Care, we pride ourselves on providing accessible and affordable dental care. That’s why we accept a variety of health insurance providers, such as Defence Health, CBHS Health Fund, HCF, Medibank, NIB, Westfund Health Insurance, AHM Health Insurance, and BUPA.
We also provide Child Dental Benefits Schedule under the Commonwealth CBDS for children 2-17 years old. We offer interest-free payment plans through DentiCare, which allows you to distribute your dental implant cost over a 12-month period.
We believe our patients deserve a healthy smile, and dental implants can help you achieve your smile goals while preserving bone health.
Dental implant surgery is often a necessary procedure that promotes long-term oral health, making everyday activities like eating and speaking far easier. Choose an experienced dentist, so you know you are in capable hands.
If you wish to schedule a consultation, a dental implant procedure, or talk more about dental implant cost, call Advanced Dental Care on (02) 6188 7103 today.