What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium screws that are surgically placed into the socket that was previously occupied by the tooth root, the titanium has the quality of integrate and become a whole unit with the bone, giving to dental implants great retention and long lifespan.

The implant is then topped with a custom-made crown, which is designed to look and function like a natural tooth.

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Dental implant surgery

The placement of an implant is a simple procedure done in about an hour most of the time, performed under local anesthesia. However the patient can elect the preference of a general anesthetic if experiencing anxiety.

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Cost & Payment plans

Prices can vary depending on the number of implants, whether it be a single implant, a bridge or an overenture.

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Benefits of dental implants

  • Natural Look and Feel: Dental implants mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth. They blend seamlessly with your smile, providing stability and comfort comparable to your original teeth.

  • Enhanced Speech and Chewing: Unlike removable dentures, implants function like natural teeth, allowing for improved speech clarity and enabling you to enjoy a diverse range of foods without restrictions.

  • Durability and Longevity: Built to last, dental implants are incredibly durable and can withstand everyday wear and tear. With proper care, they can last a lifetime, providing a permanent solution for tooth replacement.

  • Preservation of Jawbone: Implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss that often occurs after tooth loss. This helps maintain the structure and strength of your jaw over time.

  • Improved Oral Health: Unlike traditional bridges, dental implants don’t require altering adjacent teeth for support. This preserves the integrity of surrounding teeth, promoting better overall oral health.

  • Enhanced Confidence: By restoring your smile's functionality and aesthetics, dental implants can significantly boost your self-esteem and confidence, allowing you to smile, speak, and eat with ease.

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Dental implants treatment process

1. Initial Consultation: Your implant journey begins with a thorough consultation. During this visit, our experienced implant specialist will assess your oral health, discuss your dental history, and understand your goals. We'll conduct examinations, including X-rays and scans, to determine the best treatment plan tailored to your needs.

2. Treatment Planning: Based on the evaluations, we'll create a personalized treatment plan. This plan outlines the number of implants needed, the type of restoration (such as crowns, bridges, or dentures), and the timeline for your procedure.

3. Implant Placement: The implant placement is a surgical procedure performed under local anesthesia or conscious sedation for comfort. Using precision techniques, our skilled specialist will surgically insert the implant posts into the jawbone at predetermined locations. These titanium posts act as artificial tooth roots, fusing with the bone over time to provide a stable foundation for your new teeth.

4. Healing and Osseointegration: After implant placement, a period of healing, called osseointegration, occurs. During this phase, the implants bond with the jawbone, ensuring stability and durability. This process typically takes several months, allowing the implants to become fully integrated and ready for the final restoration.

5. Abutment Placement: Once osseointegration is complete, abutments, which are connector pieces, are attached to the implant posts. These abutments serve as anchors for the prosthetic teeth or restorations.

6. Restoration Placement: The final step involves the attachment of custom-designed prosthetic teeth or restorations to the abutments. These restorations are meticulously crafted to match the color, shape, and functionality of natural teeth, resulting in a beautifully restored smile.

7. Follow-Up Care: After the completion of your dental implant treatment, we'll provide detailed post-operative instructions and schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress and ensure your satisfaction with the results.

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How much dental implants cost?

Dental implant costs can vary based on several factors, including the number of implants needed, the type of restoration, any additional procedures required, and the individual's unique oral health needs. In Melbourne, Australia, the cost of a single dental implant typically ranges from $3,000 to $6,000 AUD.

It's essential to understand that this cost estimation is a general range, and the final price can vary based on various considerations, such as:

  1. Number of Implants: The more implants needed, the higher the overall cost.
  2. Type of Restoration: Different types of prosthetic teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures, vary in cost.
  3. Preparatory Procedures: Some patients might require additional procedures like bone grafting or sinus lifts, which can impact the overall cost.
  4. Material Quality: The quality of materials used for implants and restorations can influence the cost.
  5. Location and Clinic Expertise: Costs might differ between dental clinics based on their location and the expertise of the dental professionals performing the procedure.

Does insurance cover the cost of dental implants?

In Australia, dental implant coverage under health insurance can vary based on your specific health fund and the type of coverage you have. Generally, most standard dental insurance policies do not fully cover the entire cost of dental implants, as they are often considered a major dental procedure.

However, some health funds may offer partial coverage or benefits for dental implants as part of higher-tier extras or major dental coverage. It's crucial to review your health insurance policy details, including any waiting periods, annual limits, and exclusions related to dental implants.

Before proceeding with dental implant treatment, it's advisable to contact your health fund directly or consult with your dentist to understand the extent of coverage available under your plan. Additionally, discussing payment options or any potential gap payments with your dental provider can help you plan for the cost of treatment.

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