While it is possible to replace multiple teeth using the all-on-4-dental implants system it does help to know the tooth implant cost per tooth as well. If you do need to have multiple teeth replaced it is conceivable that your dentist will extend a discount, or recommend the all-on-4 system to keep costs down. Even so, knowing the cost of a single tooth implant can make budgeting that much easier.
How Is The Cost Of Dental Implants Calculated?
When your dental practitioner gives you the cost estimate you will probably be presented with one figure for the total amount. This might seem misleading because while it is considered to be one procedure, it is made up of a lot of smaller procedures that will span a number of months.
Why it’s difficult to give patients a cost for a single dental implant
Once you have had an assessment and your dentist has inspected your mouth and teeth, he or she will make recommendations in respect of the smaller procedures that you need. Professional fees and the cost of your dental implants will be added to this, as well as any follow up visits.
Everybody is different and everyone has different needs and long term plans. Once you have had your assessment, your dentist will discuss his or her findings with you to align them with your needs.
Why is the cost of dental implants higher than other tooth replacements?
Dental implants present a permanent way for you to replace missing teeth. They are titanium screw-like posts that need to be embedded surgically into your jaw and integrate with your bone. This is very different to dentures and bridgework, which sit above your gum.
In order for this process of osseointegration, or fusion with your jaw, to take place, the correct implant, of the correct size needs to be found and surgically embedded.
If you have been missing teeth for a long time you may have experienced some bone loss already. If this is the case your dentist will want to chat to you about bone graft surgery, which will stimulate bone growth and improve your bone density to be strong enough to support your implants.
So How Much Does A Tooth Implant Cost Per Tooth?
Well now that we have stabilised that it is near-impossible to estimate a cost for a tooth implant, the good news is that some averages are available to consult.
According to smile.com.au the average Australian paid between $3000 and $6500 for the placement of a single, straightforward dental implant. In the event that the patient needs a bone graft they say you can expect to pay in the region of $11,500 for the procedure. By comparison the all-on-4 dental implant procedure which uses only four implants to support a full arch of teeth, will cost in the region of $30,000.
Dental Guide Australia offers a median of between $5000 and $5500 for a single, straightforward surgery.
Why The Big Variance?
Well there are different factors that contribute to the cost of dental implant surgery. Again, it depends very much on your personal circumstances.
How complex is your surgery?
The complexity of your dental implant surgery plays a major role in the total cost. If you need a sinus lift or bone graft you will pay more for the procedure.
Where are you based?
If you need to have the surgery done in Sydney or Melbourne you can expect to pay more than if you were in an outlying area.
Which implants will you use?
There are plenty of choices in terms of dental implant brands and they all carry different price tags. Of course, if you need multiple implants the surgery will be more expensive than a single implant.
Can I Claim From My Health Insurance?
Despite high success rates dental implant are typically listed as exclusions on most health insurance policies. While you may be able to have dental implants listed as a policy exclusion you could end up waiting up to 12 months.
If you think about the essential work of biting, chewing and speaking that your teeth do, their value is priceless. By replacing your teeth at the roots you are providing the very best available replacement.
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