How Much Do Dental Implants Cost in Australia?
If you lose a tooth, you are very quickly faced with the problem of finding the most efficacious and cost-effective way of replacing it. One of the most popular dental procedures that we help to organise for patients who have lost teeth is to have a dental implant.
They are a popular choice because dental implants are very natural looking, and act and feel the same as natural teeth. You get your smile back, you can eat and chew food properly once more, and as they take the place of your lost tooth, any speech problems that you may be experiencing also diminish.
Another significant benefit of dental implants is that they are strong and fixed securely in place, so you don’t have concerns about them being dislodged or falling out. Your overall dental health may also improve, as the presence of a dental implant enables you to maintain a proper oral hygiene routine.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that remains permanently in place, and the procedure for having one inserted generally will consist of three stages.
First, a titanium implant is screwed into the jaw bone where the tooth is missing, and this creates the foundation for the new tooth, effectively acting as an artificial root. A small metal post is then inserted into this implant, and then the artificial tooth crown is attached to the post.
The crown itself is made from an extremely strong biocompatible material, and so it will function in exactly the same way as the rest of your teeth, meaning you don’t have to compromise when it comes to what you eat and drink, or make any significant changes to a normal, healthy oral hygiene routine.
In time, a process known as osseointegration will see the titanium implant fuse with your jaw bone, meaning that your implant should, if fitted correctly, last for a lifetime without the need for a replacement.
The dental implant surgery procedure
Although it can be performed in a single session, having dental implant surgery generally requires two procedures. In the first, the titanium implant is inserted into the jawbone, remaining unexposed below the gum line. Once this has had time to heal, the metal post and the artificial tooth crown are then added in a second procedure.
Dental implant surgery is generally performed under local anaesthetic (or light sedation) and is stress and pain-free for most patients.
If there is required to be a gap between the two procedures, a temporary crown can be put in place until your permanent dental implant can be inserted.
How much do dental implants cost in Australia?
The cost of having dental implant surgery in Australia will vary depending on where you live and where you choose to have the procedure performed.
Generally speaking, you can expect the cost for a single tooth dental implant in Australia to be in the region of $3,000 to $7,000 (however, it can be more if the procedure is more complicated than normal). If more than one implant is required, the cost will rise accordingly.
It is important to know that Medicare will not cover most dental implant surgery in Australia (although there are exceptions, for instance, if your oral health is having an impact on your overall wellbeing, but you should always check in advance of having any treatment).
How to reduce the cost of dental implants
At Australian Medical Travel, we specialise in reducing the cost of dental implant surgery and other dental procedures for Australians.
We have created partnerships with leading dental hospitals in Thailand and Malaysia which are able to perform a variety of high-quality procedures, including dental implants, dental crowns, and veneers, at a significantly reduced price compared to what you would pay for dental surgery in Australia.
If you want to find out more about how to reduce the cost of dental implants or any other elective dental surgery procedure, then please feel free to call us on 1300 787 268 or email us to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation and assessment.