If you are missing teeth or only one tooth, you have likely researched various tooth-replacement options.
If you have conducted such a search, you certainly have come across dental implants.
But it is likely that you also noticed that dental implants are more expensive than other options, and this may lead you to consider shopping around and contemplating other alternatives like bridges or dentures.
You may also have noticed that even a single dental implant seems to have prices that vary by dentist, website, or advertisement.
Because these differences can be confusing, Ria Family Dental would like to take this opportunity to clear up any questions in your mind.
In many cases, dental implants are the most functional, and most natural-looking and acting replacements for missing teeth.
And although their price may seem high, they become ‘cheaper’ as time goes by. Further, they have positive effects on health, appearance, and self-confidence that are priceless.
At Ria Family Dental, we think of dental implants not as costs, but rather as investments in a better life.
How to Choose the Right Implant Dentist in Yeronga
You should visit at least three dental offices for an idea of what treatments and prices are available.
Here are some things to ask about:
- Experience: How many years a dentist has performed implant surgery can be a measure of how experienced and skilled they are.
- Training: It is always best to select a dentist who stays up to date through training and education.
- Comfort: Dental implants, and especially multiple implants, mean a lot of time in a dental office and chair. Be sure that your dental office will make you as safe and comfortable as possible.
- Price: If you have dental insurance that covers dental implants, it makes sense to choose a dentist who accepts your plan. Choosing only on price can be dangerous, as low-priced implants may indicate a dentist interested in volume treatment, not quality.
Dental Implants vs Cheaper Alternatives
There are three alternatives to implants – bridges, dentures, and living without your teeth.
Not replacing teeth is a health risk and are often a better choice than other tooth-replacement approaches.
Dentures have no underlying support, and the gums and jaw miss the stimulation of tooth roots, which helps keep them healthy and strong.
Bone loss, receding gums, and face shape degeneration are common among denture wearers.
There are other disadvantages, as well:
- Reduced sense of taste
- Slipping and sliding
- Gum irritation
- Diminished ability to speak
- Reduced chewing function
- Sucking or clicking noises
Bridges mean the teeth adjacent to the gap must be ground down and fitted with crowns to hold the bridge.
Bridges also ride above the gums, leaving the gums and bones beneath to recede due to lack of stimulation.
As the jawbone weakens and gums recede, bridges create a convenient spot for bacteria, plaque, and tartar
Dental implants avoid these problems – no bone-loss, they stimulate the gums, are cleaned just like natural teeth, and support the face.
What about the cost?
Dental implants are not cheap, as they require highly trained experts and top-end materials. So, you should balance what you pay with the results you expect.
Furthermore, not all implants cost the same: The price of implants often depends on factors that will influence the cost of your procedure.
Let’s take a look at a few issues:
- Existing oral health: Implant are not recommended for patients with gum disease or bone loss, so these conditions need to be taken care of before implantation.
- Geography: The cost of office rent, materials, etc., have an impact on price.
- Materials: What you need (e.g. titanium vs. zirconium) also has an impact on price.
- How many implants you need: More implants mean more money.
OK, but can I hear some numbers?
As noted, numbers are only estimates, but it is typical to pay somewhere between $1,000 to $3,000 for the implant (post) alone.
Then add the price of the abutment and crown (and pre-treatment if needed).
You might end up paying $2,000 for one implant, another $400 for the abutment, and another $2,000 for the crown, bringing the total cost to $4,400.
But if you need X-rays, extractions, bone grafts, and other extras, you should expect to cover additional costs for those procedures as well.
On average, an Australian can expect to pay from $4,000 to $7,000 per implant.
Your Dental Family in Yeronga
At Ria Family Dental in Yeronga, we provide comprehensive care that addresses both your short and long-term dental care needs.
We provide an honest, judgment-free environment for patient comfort. We practise comfortable, convenient, and conservative care to maximise your smile and oral health!
We are located at 1/451B Fairfield Rd, with Yeronga station and bus stops nearby, as well as convenient store-front parking.
For the convenience of our patients, we offer early evening hours on most weeknights.
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We are located at 1/451B Fairfield Rd in Yeronga.