Dental implants can provide a natural, long-lasting and highly effective solution to missing or badly damaged teeth, restoring your smile and your confidence.
The impact of missing or damaged teeth can have a significant effect on a person’s life. From feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth or smile through to difficulties with everyday activities such as eating or speaking, tooth damage can cause a range of unwanted problems.
One of the most effective solutions for addressing broken, missing or damaged teeth is a dental implant, which provides a long-lasting, natural-looking replacement that functions just like your healthy teeth.
A question that many people ask when considering dental implants is “how much does a dental implant cost?”. In this article, we’re exploring more about the dental implant process, including what your dental implant procedure might cost.
Learn more about dental implants, including an idea of dental implant cost expectations in Australia
How much does a dental implant cost?
The cost of dental implants will vary depending on your particular situation and the specific requirements of your tooth or teeth. As a rough guide, the cost of a single dental implant will generally range from around $4,500 to $8,500.
Your dentist will be able to discuss the dental implant procedure with you in detail, including information on costs and alternative options to implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small screw-like device, usually made of titanium. It’s placed in the jaw where the missing tooth’s roots were located. As bone grows around the implant over time, the implant fuses with the jawbone and is held in place.
An artificial tooth or crown is then attached to the implant, designed to match the shape, size and colour of the surrounding teeth for a totally natural appearance. It also functions as a normal, healthy tooth, so you won’t wear down your other teeth prematurely due to a missing tooth.
Dental implants can also be used to hold dental bridges or dentures in place.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Unlike traditional dentures and dental bridges, dental implants attach to the jawbone, making them a great option for replacing a missing tooth. This means they are firmly held in place and may be more durable and long-lasting than other tooth replacement options.
What’s more, dental implants can be more comfortable than other tooth-replacement options such as dentures, which can cause soreness if they’re not fitted properly. Designed to function just like natural healthy teeth, dental implants don’t slip, move or shift when you’re talking or chewing.
What can I expect during a dental implant procedure?
The dental implant process is a relatively lengthy dental procedure that’s usually performed in stages over the course of a few months.
- First, scans and x-rays will be taken so your dentist can assess your teeth and mouth, and decide where to place the implant.
- Next, the implant will be fitted into your jawbone. This is conducted under anaesthetic so you don’t feel any pain during the surgery.
- Over the course of a few months, bone will grow around the dental implant and secure it in place.
- Your dentist will take an impression or a digital scan of your mouth to make the artificial tooth or teeth, which will then be placed onto the implant
Can anyone get a dental implant?
Dental implants aren’t a suitable treatment option for everyone. For example, children under the age of 17, people who smoke, or people with active gum disease may not be suitable candidates for implants.
Your dentist will be able to assess your situation and advise on whether dental implants are an appropriate option for you. You’ll need to provide your dentist with your medical history, including any medications you're taking, history of bone disease, any issues related to anaesthetic, and problems with excessive bleeding.
Does private health insurance cover the dental implant cost?
Some private health insurance policies will provide coverage for procedures such as dental implants. This will depend on your individual policy and level of cover, so check with your health insurance provider to find out whether you’re covered for dental implants.
For more information on dental implants, chat with the friendly staff at your local National Dental Care practice. Find your nearest dental practice online now.