When you consider using dental implants as your missing tooth replacement option, questions like how much do dental implants cost? or what type of dental implant is suitable for me? are very common. In order to answer such questions, one should know almost everything about dental implants first – What they are, how they work, their types, and their efficiency in replacing missing teeth, among others.
What are dental implants?
As we all know, dental implants are the true definition of ‘false teeth.’ Dental implants are metal posts surgically placed into the jawbone to act as the tooth roots. The dental crown later attached to each post through an abutment finishes the look. They are permanent missing tooth replacements whose goal is to attach into the jawbone and ultimately become strong support to the false teeth.
What are the types of dental implants?
Utilising the same concept, there are different forms of dental implants available now on the market – the traditional dental implants (also called endosseous implants), the mini dental implants, and the all-on-4 dental implants.
The traditional or endosseous implants are the most common implants that provide the solution to single tooth replacement. This type of implant has a titanium screw-like post as the implant, a connector, and a crown as its parts.
The mini dental implants are smaller versions of the traditional implants that are preferably used to replace front or anterior teeth. This type’s primary purpose is not to replace large teeth like the molars but provide sturdy support for dentures, dental bridges, or crowns.
All-on-4 dental implants, as the name implies, are implants intended to replace 10-14 teeth using four dental implants. This type of dental implant procedure is recommended for edentulous patients as a permanent alternative to their dentures.
What are the reasons why one should prefer dental implants?
Out of all the other missing tooth replacement procedures (dentures, bridges, dental crowns), why should a patient choose to undergo the dental implant procedure? Here are just some of the reasons:
- Dental implants are sturdier and can last much longer than traditional dentures
- Implants are permanent and fixed like natural teeth, making them look and feel more organic
- Implants have shown effects in preventing bone loss related to missing teeth
- Implants do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support so it won’t cause any wear and tear on surrounding teeth the way dentures or bridges do.
How much do dental implants cost?
This is the next big question after all these great things mentioned about dental implants. So, how much do dental implants cost? In Australia, the cost of dental implants could range from $3000 to $7000 per tooth. According to the Australian national dental fee survey gathered by the ADA, dental implants’ average cost is $5500 per tooth. This price quotation may be higher than the estimated price of dentures or dental bridges and crowns, but one should also consider the longevity and permanence of use a dental implant can give you. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last up to 10-15 years, making their cost a reasonable value for money.
Replacing missing teeth can be straightforward or complicated depending on your situation. With all the options available now on the market, it is still best to consult your dentist so that you will be properly guided on what option to choose and what would best solve your dental issue.