For people with broken or missing teeth, dental implants offer a way to restore function to their bite and improve their smile. To help you understand more about dental implants and how they can benefit your oral health, here is our guide to the dental implant procedure and the cost of getting dental implants.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Leaving missing teeth untreated can lead to a variety of oral health issues, including poor alignment, shifting teeth, and deterioration of the jawbone. Dental implants are the most natural option to replace missing teeth.
A dental implant is a tiny, screw-like post that acts as a natural root to anchor an artificial tooth in the jawbone. The benefit of dental implants over other tooth replacement options is that they are permanent, comfortable, and do not shift around inside your mouth. This restores complete function to your teeth and makes it easier to speak and chew naturally.
What Can You Expect During a Dental Implant Procedure?
During your initial consultation, your dentist will examine the quality and condition of your remaining teeth and jaw using X-rays and digital scanning technology, as well as visual examination techniques.
In some cases, patients may need additional surgeries to reinforce the jaw to allow the implant to be embedded at the correct depth. A bone graft uses bone transplanted from elsewhere in your body or artificial bone to encourage osseointegration and strengthen your lower jaw.
A sinus lift is used to increase the depth of the jawbone in the upper jaw by lifting the sinus membrane and a small flap of bone underneath the tooth socket and adding grafting material.
After your consultation with the dentist, we develop a treatment plan laying out how the dental implants are done and schedule your implant surgery.
Dental implant surgery is a complex procedure compared with most other dental treatments and usually occurs over two to three stages. During the first stage, the patient is placed under general anaesthesia, and an incision is made in the gum tissue.
A tool is used to drill down into the jawbone, and the titanium post is screwed in place, the site is then closed and sutured. The implant is left to heal and integrate with the bone and gum tissue for added stability – this can take several weeks.
During the second stage of the dental implant procedure, the dentist places an abutment and artificial crown onto the titanium implant. For some patients, the abutment may be placed at the same time as the implant. For others, the abutment is placed during a separate surgery, and an additional few weeks of the healing time is required before the crown can be placed.
The crown is prefabricated from either porcelain or zirconia at an offsite lab prior to your appointment using data and impressions of your teeth. The crown shade is matched to the shade of your remaining teeth to give you the most natural-looking smile.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Due to the complexity of the surgery and the technology and materials used, dental implants are more expensive than other tooth replacement options. However, implants are a worthwhile investment in your oral health. Dental implants are designed to last longer than dentures or bridges, which means you will not need to incur the cost of replacements or repairs.
Are Dental Implants Covered by Medicare?
Medicare does not cover the cost of any dental procedure unless it is deemed medically necessary for the health of the patient. In some cases, you may be eligible for government concessions through the Veteran’s Affairs Dental Scheme, which may cover part of the dental implant cost.
Does My Private Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a major dental procedure, and many basic health fund policies do not offer this level of coverage. If you have comprehensive coverage for major dental, you may be able to claim the full or part of the dental implant cost.
Talk with your health care providers and check your policy before making a claim. Many health care policies have a waiting period before you can claim, which means you may have to pay out-of-pocket.
Advanced Dental Care Payment Plans
At Advanced Dental Care, we want all our patients to have access to quality dental care when they need it. We offer affordable payment plans through DentiCare to help cover the dental implant cost.
The interest-free plan allows you to spread out the cost of getting dental implants over 12 months, and there is no need to go through complex application forms or credit checks. Instead, this plan debits from your bank account or a credit card.
Dental implants offer a permanent solution to replacing missing teeth. Their long-lasting durability makes them a good investment in the health of your teeth and a more cost-effective tooth replacement option long term.
To find out whether you are a candidate for dental implants, or to find out more about how dental implants are done, contact the team at Advanced Dental Care on (02) 6188 7103 to book an appointment.