When we talk about tooth implant cost, Brisbane & Sydney residents are understandably wondering why it’s so expensive?
Let’s face it, bemoaning the price of dentistry in Australia seems to have become a national pastime. “It’s incredibly expensive!” we shout. “Dentistry is about health, so surely it should be made more affordable?”
Sadly, many people are under the impression that many dentists in cities like Sydney and Brisbane should charge the same prices as they do in dental tourism hotspots such as Bali and Thailand – with the attitude that “If they can do it cheaply, then why can’t you?”
The truth is that the issue of comparing the cost of dental implants in Sydney/Brisbane to those found in Bali etc, is in reality, like comparing apples and oranges. It’s an entirely different setup!
For a start you have the high standard of living in Australia, especially in cities like Sydney and Brisbane where rents, wages, and utilities are far costlier – that’s before we’ve even gone into the varying procedural protocols, particularly those based around training, safety, and infection control.
With this in mind, we wanted to give you a better breakdown of costs from a dentist’s perspective and hopefully it might shed some light on why dentists in cities like Sydney & Brisbane charge what we do. So let’s dive in and take a look…
Dental Implants Brisbane/Sydney – Costs from a dentist’s perspective
High standards of infection control – In order to adhere to strict guidelines there are a wide range of costs which need to be taken into consideration here in Sydney and Brisbane. For example, all dental implant instruments and tools require deep sterilisation, meaning every dental practice need at least one autoclave and an ultrasonic bath. There are also large amounts of disposable items which are only ever used once. This is to prevent any possibility of cross- infection. For these reasons, a procedure such as dental implants in Brisbane or Sydney, can cost around $30 per patient, purely to meet the highest standards of infection control.
Qualified staff – Even if you’re seeking the best price on dental implants, it’s reassuring to know that the dental implant professionals who are going to serve you have a good team around them. Don’t forget there’s the receptionist and the dental nurse, all of whom are highly qualified and need to be paid accordingly, plus of course the dentist themselves. So in effect that’s 3 people looking after 1 patient. In larger practices here in Sydney or Brisbane, there may also be a dedicated assistant working on nothing other than infection control and sterilisation. That’s a lot of wages that need to be taken into account. Of course, while dental implant clinics in countries like Bali and Thailand may offer the same ratio of professionals to patients, wages are generally lower. Ultimately, this means that patients will pay a lower dental implants cost.
What about the dental practice itself?
Many practices offering dental implants in Brisbane/Sydney offer state-of-the-art facilities. Buildings are usually modern, contemporary, and are designed to make patients feel comfortable and at home. In addition, for dental implant procedures especially, you’re going to need an operating theatre with all the equipment that goes with it. That lovely dental chair you sit in, for example, is likely to cost tens of thousands of dollars. That’s before we get to the X-ray equipment, scanners, CAD machines, lasers etc. As you can see, costs can soon mount.
Sourcing Dental Implant Materials
In order for anyone to supply low cost tooth implants in Brisbane or Sydney, chances are, they would have to source them from a lesser brand. When we say ‘lesser brand’ we really mean a brand that doesn’t have the backing of years of clinical trialling and longevity.
Usually, the only way that newer brands can compete is on price. The idea being that dentists will buy them, pass that saving onto their patients, making them competitive (and therefore attractive) to anyone seeking cheap dental implants in Sydney or Brisbane.
The problem with this scenario is that because the dental implant industry is expanding rapidly, many new implant companies are jumping on board. However, like any other start-up companies, many soon run out of cash or run into clinical difficulties and end up going bust.
So what does this mean for you, the patient?
Let’s just say that your dentist is purchasing cheap dental implants in Brisbane or Sydney and 6 months down the line the manufacturing company ceases trading. What happens in the event that you need a replacement abutment or implant supplied by that company
Remember, there isn’t a one -size fits all solution, so you could run into problems!
Instead, isn’t it more reassuring to know that the dental implant you have in your mouth has the backing of years of successful clinical trialling, supplied by a company that is at the forefront of dental implant technology. After all, dental implants have changed the lives of many people for the better, so when it comes to tooth implant costs, Brisbane or Sydney residents should at least have the opportunity of being fitted with the very best tooth implants.
Dental Lab Costs
Consider that every dental implant needs a permanent crown. This is the part that completes your perfect smile, so not only does it need to be right functionally, it also needs to be aesthetically pleasing too.
These need to be made in a dental lab (usually by a dental technician or prosthetist) Even those practices which are fortunate enough to have their own on-site dental laboratories will incur costs in terms of 3D printing equipment and/or the costs of highly skilled individuals producing these aesthetic works of art. And those that don’t will need to outsource this part of the process. Either way, more costs are incurred.
Finally, Dentists Pay
Okay, so dentists do get paid well for the services they offer but consider it this way…they hold an important responsibility in looking after your oral health. As a result, training a dentist requires an enormous amount of study and during this period it will leave them with a hefty debt (usually around the $100k mark). On top of this, each dentist has to pay both insurance and registration fees. While it’s true that dental implant dentists in Bali or Indonesia may also incur these costs, it isn’t likely to be so expensive.
So there you have it, a complete explanation of tooth implant costs. Brisbane and Sydney patients, however, don’t need to be concerned with all of that. Instead, we’re proud of the fact that we have the ability to change a person’s life for the better. But just between you and me, there’s a great deal of stuff going on behind the scenes to keep you and your smile healthy.
To find out more about dental implants, or you’re considering tooth implants in Sydney as a tooth replacement option, then come and talk to the team at Evergreen Dental.
In order to help you seek out affordable dental implants we’re offering a Tooth implant limited time only promotion. In addition, we’re also offering a free no-obligation consultation. So give us a call today on (02) 8074 3849 and take the first steps towards getting the smile you deserve.