You’ve looked into how much dental implants cost in Australia and it’s in the thousands.
So now you’re thinking about going overseas to get them done for half the price. Bali… Thailand, maybe… and have a holiday with the money you’ve saved. Sounds good?
But wait. Before you book that plane ticket, read on.
First up, what exactly are dental implants?
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, dental implants are the closest thing we can give you to having your teeth back – in the way they look, feel and function.
This complex dental procedure involves 2 stages:
- A titanium fixture or screw (abutment) is surgically implanted into your jawbone and acts like an anchor
- Then your new prosthetic tooth/crown gets fixed on to this
It requires healing time in-between and the health of your jawbone is key to the success of this procedure.
How much am I looking at?
“Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement options,” says Dr Kerr, who’s been doing dental implants for 17 years and was a featured speaker on Prosthetic-based Implant Planning at ADX18, Australia’s largest dental exhibition, in March 2017.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
How many dental implants do you need?
Replacing one tooth or several? The cost of dental implants comes down to the individual’s case, however the number of implants you require does make a big difference to the final cost.
Do you require extra procedures first?
You may need other dental work done, like a bone graft if you don’t have enough healthy jawbone for the implant, or an extraction to remove a tooth that can’t be saved.
Compare apples with apples
If you’re shopping around on prices, make sure you’re being quoted for all the component parts of the procedure, including the surgical implantation of the fixture and the prosthetic tooth replacement.
There’s no single treatment plan for dental implants. It’s very customisable – some patients may need more work, others less. This makes it difficult to put a fixed dollar figure on dental implants cost.
It’s a bit like asking: “How much does a house cost?” There are so many designs and materials that until you have a blueprint, it’s impossible to have any accurate idea.
In the end, the most important thing is to deal with someone you can trust, who’ll spend the time planning the treatment properly and who’ll stand behind their work.
We can look at other options to fit your budget
For example, if you’re missing four teeth, you could have four dental implants – each fixed with a prosthetic tooth/crown.
Or, if cost was a concern for you, we could address it with two dental implants and a removable denture instead. It would depend upon your suitability and preference, and we’ll explain all the options in an individual consultation.
Can I get a rebate from my private health insurance?
Health insurance companies usually only cover a small portion of dental implants procedures. You’ll need to check your insurance company directly with the quote and item numbers your dentist provides.
In other cases, particularly emergency situations, some people like to consider payment options and plans. We can talk with you about ways we can help you best pay for your dental implants.
But surely it’s cheaper overseas?
When it comes to dental implants costs, one of the biggest questions we are asked is about dental tourism – patients going overseas for procedures because it’s cheaper.
Unfortunately, many people are told that getting dental implants is simple. It can be simple, but only when everything is planned in the right way and done according to strict protocols.