If you are missing teeth, or even only a single tooth, you have likely searched to discover what the various tooth-replacement options are.
And if you have conducted such a search, you certainly have come across dental implants as a reliable option.
But it is likely that you also noticed that dental implants are more expensive than the other options, and this may lead you to consider shopping around and more seriously contemplating other alternatives like bridges or dentures.
You may also have noticed that even a single dental implant seems to have prices that vary by dentist or website.
Because these differences in price can be confusing, EK Dental Surgery would like to take this opportunity to clear up any questions in your mind.
Given the proper conditions, dental implants are the best, most functional, and most natural-looking and acting replacements for missing teeth.
And although their price may seem a bit high, they become ‘cheaper’ as time goes by, and they have positive effects on health, appearance, and self-confidence that are priceless, and positive effects that can last a lifetime.
In fact, at EK Dental Surgery, we often think of dental implants not as costs, but rather as investments in a better life.
Let’s take a closer look at some aspects of finding an excellent dental implant, and why it might be a real bargain.
Dental Implants vs. ‘Lower-Cost’ Alternatives
Dental implants are not the sole way to replace missing teeth, and initially, they seem by far the most expensive.
The two main replacement alternatives are dentures and bridges. Some people even choose to forgo treatment and live with their missing teeth.
But it is critical to understand the real cost of these alternatives over time and compare them to the cost of implants.
A full denture can cost a couple of thousand dollars, which might seem quite attractive compared to implants. But dentures need regular replacement and have ongoing expenses such as cleaning materials, fixative, cases, etc.
Further, dentures are prone to breaking, creating the immediate need for a full replacement. These costs add up, and they are NOT associated with implants.
Possibly worse, dentures do not stimulate the jaws and gums and can lead to jaw and gum erosion, with the strong possibility of more significant dental issues down the line.
Dental bridges typically range from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand. Bridges also have a lifespan nearly double that of dentures.
On the downside, bridges are still not as durable as implants, and placing them requires the teeth on either side of the missing tooth be ground down to support crowns that hold the bridge in place.
Not replacing your teeth is the cheapest option, but it is also a terrible one. Missing teeth can lead to a horde of dental issues:
- Misalignment of other teeth
- The need for expensive braces.
- Additional tooth loss
- Gum deterioration
- Bone deterioration
- Increased risk of cavities
Not replacing missing teeth can be the most expensive approach, both economically and in terms of appearance.
Should I shop around for cheap implants?
The short answer is, “a little”. Price is worth considering, but you should also be shopping for a great dentist who will give you attractive implants that will last for a lifetime.
If you don’t choose a dentist with skill and experience, you may pay the price for the remainder of your life.
And then there’s that particular something that makes some dentists better at what they do than others.
There is no exact word for it, but it’s a combination of factors including artistry, skill, science, compassion, and experience. At EK Dental Surgery, we offer all of that!
No exact estimate is possible without a check-up, but normally it can cost between $1,000 to $3,000 for one implant (just the post).
So, you might end up spending up to $2,000 for one implant installation; $400 more for the abutment; $2,000 more for the crown, adding up to a total cost of $4,400.
But if you need X-rays, extractions, bone grafts, and other extras, you should expect additional fees for those procedures.
On average, an Australian can expect to pay from $4,000 to $7,000 per implant.
Reasons to Smile in Glen Waverley!
EK Dental Surgery offers a broad array of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dental treatments, including orthodontics, for children, seniors, and everyone in between!
Our team is composed of dedicated Glen Waverley dentists and staff working to provide the best care possible with the most modern tools and techniques.
At EK Dental Surgery, we can help you achieve a movie-star smile and tip-top dental health.
EK Dental Surgery is conveniently located on Springvale Road in Glen Waverley.
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To request an appointment with us, call us on (03) 9887 8787 or make an appointment online.
We are located at 230 Springvale Road in Glen Waverley.