Been thinking about trading your gaps for dental implants? Makes sense. Dental implants are one of the most natural-looking ways to replace missing teeth. But you may be finding dental implants cost a little less appealing.
No doubt, you’ve Googled the price but this can vary — sometimes by a little, often by a lot. Feeling confused about the cost of dental implants? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
At Dentistry At The Cross we like to be totally transparent when it comes to our prices. Our dental implants start from $6,500. When weighing up the different costs, we feel it’s important to compare apples with apples.
The good news is that we’re here to help you. Let’s start by understanding the key things that can affect tooth implant cost. Now, let’s take a closer look to *really* understand how these five factors can influence the price of dental implants. That way, you can make a smarter decision.
There are two main parts to dental implants. The implant (placed into your jaw to act as the ‘root’) and the dental crown (a natural-looking fake tooth). Most dental implants are made from titanium. This is a strong, durable metal and is the only material discovered that actually fuses with the bone.
In all cases, the price of dental implants will vary depending on whether they are sourced from a well-known, reputable manufacturer or a cheaper supplier. The thing to remember is that cheaper implants typically mean lower quality or less vigorous testing. And this can lead to a higher risk of failure.
When it comes to dental crowns, porcelain (a type of ceramic) is the most popular. This is because it looks and feels more natural than other materials. Porcelain crowns can be made to match the colour of your surrounding teeth.
Other materials include porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) or gold. However, these are less natural looking. PFM can also become visible over time. A grey line of metal can appear at the gums if the gums recede.
The least expensive option is composite resin, but these have a greater chance of fractures. They are more commonly used for restoring front teeth, where there is less pressure placed on them.
A useful question to ask yourself when considering the cost of dental implants is ‘how natural and durable do you need your replacement tooth or teeth to be’.
When it comes to the success and life span of your dental implants, training and experience make a difference.
Knowing your dentist has extra training and has performed countless dental implant procedures gives you peace of mind. Even if it does mean a higher cost.
Dr Jaskaran has done extensive training for advanced implantology and augmentation with AIA and keeps up to date with new technology and advanced procedures. Since then, she has helped many of her patients restore their smile with dental implants.
Dental implants can replace a single tooth or several teeth. This, of course, affects the cost. Keep in mind, if three or more teeth in a row are missing, you don’t need to fork out for a separate implant for each gap. Instead, you can have an implant-supported bridge.
In this case, up to six teeth can be replaced with just two dental implants. One at either side of the gap.
In more complex cases, other surgical procedures may be needed for dental implants to work. This includes teeth extraction, a bone or gum graft or a sinus lift.
In instances where the teeth have been missing for a while, there may be significant bone loss. Bone grafting is used to replace the missing bone tissue and encourage new bone growth. This is needed to ensure the implants remain stable.
Some people may also choose additional cosmetic treatments to supercharge their new smile. Teeth whitening, veneers and Invisalign are some of the more common options. While these aren’t essential, they’re a great way to boost your smile confidence.
Many people ask for sedation when having dental treatment. Here at Dentistry At The Cross we offer ‘happy gas’ sedation. You gently breathe it in through a small mask placed over your nose. This helps to melt away fear, leaving you feeling sleepy but beautifully relaxed and fear free.
Just keep in mind that sedation comes at an additional fee. It’s worthwhile asking your dentist if sedation is included in the dental implants cost quoted. Because no one likes to be hit with unexpected costs at the end of their treatment.
Ready to trade your gap for an implant that looks and feels like a natural tooth? Book in for a judgement-free consultation. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about your dental implant options—and the costs. Plus, our flexible, zero-interest payment plans mean you can restore your smile without stressing about the price.