Are you wondering, “What is the average cost of a dental implant?” Are you curious about the dental implant process, but not quite sure where to begin?
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants replace missing teeth and consist of three components. These components are made of high-quality materials to facilitate maximum success and durability. They are part of a range of options your dentist can present that also includes the use of dentures or bridges.
First, your dentist must evaluate your jaw bone structure and gums to determine whether they are healthy enough for a dental implant. If not, you may require a bone graft or restorative work before you are ready for dental implant surgery.
An Australian-standard dental implant consists of three elements:
- Formed out of durable and natural-looking materials such as porcelain, this is the tooth replacement that people will see whenever you smile. It mimics a natural tooth aesthetically and functionally.
A titanium implant (or root replacement system)
- A small hole is drilled into the patient’s jawbone to fit a small, screw-like, biocompatible titanium implant. Over time, this titanium implant will fuse with your jawbone. This metal-bone fusion process is called “osseointegration.” The new “root” provides a supportive base for your crown.
- This titanium or ceramic post connects the titanium implant base with the crown.
Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants provide a number of important benefits:
- Excellent durability, if well-maintained
- Look and feel just like your natural teeth
- Greater comfort and stability compared to dentures
- Improve your eating and speaking abilities
- Restore your beautiful smile
Dental implant cost
Given all these factors, several key elements contribute to the dental implant cost.
After an extended period with missing teeth, your jawbone volume and density reduces. This means there might not be an adequate base for a dental implant. In this instance, your dentist might have to surgically graft or implant bone where the future dental implant will be placed. Because this is an additional surgery, it naturally incurs additional cost and extra healing time.
However, bone grafting won’t be necessary for every patient. An experienced, skilled CP Dental dentist can help you safely determine what your jaw needs to provide your new implant with a strong support base.
The number and varieties of testing necessary before your dental implant all depends on your unique situation and dental health needs, as well as your dentist’s procedures.
Number of implants or teeth replaced
If you need more than one dental implant, the cost of your surgery will increase. However, in certain situations implants can be used to replace more than one tooth.
One- or two-stage process
If bone grafting is necessary, you will have to undergo a preliminary bone grafting oral surgery and follow-ups to allow the bone graft to heal and fuse with the natural jawline. After this point, you can receive their implant. However, if bone grafting is not required, the dental implant process is cheaper and only involves one stage.
In short, when examining dental implant cost, you have to consider a wide variety of factors. There is no one-size-fits-all price tag. At CP Dental we will evaluate your mouth, smile and overall health before providing you with a quote. We work with a range of insurance providers such as Bupa, Westfund Health Insurance, HCF, medibank and CBHS Health Fund to ensure you get the dental care you deserve at an affordable price.
If you feel that a dental implant may be the perfect solution for the health of your smile, contact CP Dental today via our online contact form or call one of our dental clinics in Mater Hill (07) 3050 3030 and Cooper Plains (07) 3345 1099 in South Brisbane or Emerald (07) 4987 6183 in the Central Heights for a consultation.