It is surprising, the history of tooth implants dates back to 2000 BC in ancient China, where bamboo pegs were used to replace missing or damaged teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is made up of titanium. The dental implant is then topped with a crown, bridge, or denture in case of multiple teeth. It is considered one of the most popular dental restoration methods today, and its benefits certainly outweigh the initial investment cost.
Why choose a dental implant?
When it comes to tooth replacement options, the gold standard is held by implants for a plethora of reasons. Some are listed below for you:
- Tooth loss is usually accompanied by bone damage which gets prevented through implants
- Dental implants are known to be super strong and have a stable bite force.
- They do not require special maintenance.
- Poorly fitting dentures look like fake teeth, while dental implants look and feel like natural teeth.
- No removal of surrounding teeth or dental bridges is needed.
How much does dental implant surgery cost?
Dental implant placement is cost-effective in the long run since it can last you a lifetime with some proper care. This procedure is one of the most expensive major dental procedures, and the service is offered by many private practices.
The cost in Australia varies from state to state every year. However, the Australian Dental Association conducts an annual survey that highlights the minimum cost of dental implants.
According to the 2020 survey, the starting price for a dental implant was around $3,000 AUD, with varying maximum ranges depending upon the quality of the materials used, and potential additional procedures involved, such as bone grafting. It is important to know about the variables that affect the cost of dental implant treatment.
Factors affecting the tooth implant cost
General Oral Health
Loss of teeth due to injury can cause gum or bone damage resulting in gum disease, including severe infections. In such cases, the underlying problem is resolved first because implants have a higher success rate when placed in healthy gums.
Supportive Dental work
In order to have a successful implant, you may require minor surgeries to make way for the implant, such as a sinus lift or removal of a broken tooth.
Single & Multiple implants
Having multiple implants placed will save you money if you compare it with the cost of having a single implant one after another. Settling down for a dental procedure once is always cheaper than frequent single-tooth treatment visits.
There are two types of dental implants, the first one is a 2-stage process with two minor surgeries to stabilise the jaw bone.
The second one is a single-stage process where a deeper implant is placed, leaving its top exposed. Once the implant site is healed, the restoration is done without the need for a new incision. The 2-stage process is understandably more costly, as it requires multiple procedures.
If you have more questions about dental implants, book an appointment at the Broadford Dental Clinic, or call us at (03) 5749 1208, and our friendly dentists will be happy to help you get the smile of your dreams.
Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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