If you’ve ever looked on a dental implants price comparison site, you’ll probably notice that there’s quite a swing in pricing. Primarily that’s because no two patients – and their treatments – are alike and more often than not, this is reflected in the costs. As such, it’s impossible to give an exact dental implants cost without first examining the patient.
To put this into perspective, the cost of dental implants treatment depends on a number of factors including:
- How many replacement teeth are needed
- The location of those teeth
- Whether additional treatments are required such as bone grafting, sinus lifting etc
- The location of your chosen dental practice
- The experience of your dental surgeon
- The type of implants used
So, while you can probably get a ball-park figure, the actual price you end up paying may be way more or considerably less, depending upon your unique set of circumstances.
What about those cut-price dental implant adverts? You know, the ones that make you look twice! Or rather, the ones that appear too good to be true! – The problem is that more often than not, they invariably are! Here’s an example…
Let’s say you do a Google search and you come across a clinic advertising dental implants for only $400. No doubt it has piqued your interest, and why not? After all, the average cost of dental implants with crowns is somewhere between $3000 and $7000 in Australia. So even at the lower end of the pricing scale, that’s still a whopping 10 times cheaper! It can’t be true, can it?
Upon closer investigation, amidst all the excitement, your heart sinks as you come across the small print which states that the price quoted is solely for the implant surgery only. Now, on top of this, you then have to pay say another $500 -$700 for the abutment and a further $1500 for the crown. Suddenly, your $400 bargain is nothing but a dim and distant memory.
What about keeping the cost down by travelling abroad?
Of course, the other way that you could get the cost of dental implants down is if you do what 10,000 or so other Australians do each and every year and that’s travel abroad for cheap dental treatment. Destinations such as Bali, The Philippines, and Thailand are not only full of sun seekers, they’re also full of dental tourists seeking cut-price dental implants. While there are some very good practising dentists in these countries, there’s no getting away from the fact that travelling 4000+ kms and more for treatment that takes a great deal of planning and preparation, doesn’t come without risks. And that’s before we even talk about the lack of follow up, should something go wrong, plus the added cost of finding a dentist to put it right. So, you really do have to carefully weigh up the pros and cons of price vs risk when considering the cost of dental implants.
Quality dental implants – Buy once and once only!
So, taking into consideration that you like your dental treatment to be a little closer to home, the only other option is for you to simply suck it up and pay the price. The good news, however, is that in doing so, it might not be as costly as you think.
Sure, initially you’re likely to be out of pocket to the tune of several thousand dollars, but even then, many dental practices offer payment plans that spread the cost of treatment over a series of months. And besides, don’t forget that in return, you’re getting hassle-free, lifelike teeth that will not only restore your bite but also (if looked after correctly) are likely to last for several decades and more. In other words, when you seek out quality dental implants, you buy once and once only!
Dental implants price comparison – Exploring other options
With all this talk of dental implants, it’s important to mention that there are other cheaper missing tooth replacement options available – and ones that don’t involve surgery. So, if treatments like conventional bridges and dentures mean that you can have replacement teeth at a reduced cost, and without having to undergo more chair time than you’d ideally like, then surely, these are better options, aren’t they? Well, not quite…
Bridging the gap
Let’s say, for example, that you don’t mind the thought of a conventional dental bridge…after all, modern crowns are incredibly lifelike and as a result, no one would notice the difference, right? Unfortunately, your teeth might. You see, the framework that supports the bridging tooth or teeth, needs itself be anchored into position. In order to do this, adjacent healthy teeth – the ones either side of the gap – are ground down and shaped to take the framework and the remaining crowns. By doing so, the teeth may themselves become compromised.
Then you have to consider the fact that the typical life of a conventional dental bridge is somewhere between 8 -15 years. Ultimately, when you weigh up all of these factors, then a dental implant price comparison may feel closer in terms of cost than you might first think.
But what about conventional dentures – How do they fare?
Modern-day dentures are far removed from the clunky looking dentures that your grandparents may have worn. They’re lightweight, incredibly lifelike, and are way more resilient than their predecessors. They’re also designed for a better natural fit, so they sit comfortably in the mouth. However, despite the fact that contemporary dentures are ‘all that and then some‘ they have one fundamental problem…they can’t halt the natural bone loss process.
Let me explain…
When a tooth is missing it kick-starts a series of actions, one of which is bone resorption. The bone tissue that once supported the tooth root is no longer required and as such, it gets reabsorbed into the body. Over the course of time, the shape of the face changes as the jaw bone shrinks, causing your once snug fitting dentures to become loose. When this happens, aside from causing embarrassing denture slippage problems when you eat or speak, they may start to rub as they move in the mouth. This is the reason why conventional dentures need adjusting and is also the reason why they have an average life of 5-10 years.
Now, let’s compare these to our new friends the dental implants…
Because dental implants are anchored directly into the jaw bone, any remaining bone tissue will fuse with the titanium post to create a super-structure which holds a crown. Because the bone tissue now has work to do – e.g. – supporting the titanium root, any further bone loss is halted. For you, this means no more jaw shrinkage and face volume is restored meaning fewer wrinkles and a hassle-free experience from now on.
As you can see, when it comes to replacing missing teeth, there’s a lot more to think about than just the initial dental implants cost. In fact, when you weigh up all the alternatives, you’ll realise that actually, investing in quality dental implants here in Australia makes the cost of dental implants reassuringly worthy.
To find out more about your missing tooth options, why not contact Evergreen Dental. We’re well-versed in the very latest tooth replacement techniques to make your implant-based restoration a more comfortable, safer experience. Contact us today on 02 8074 3849 to book a consultation.