Dental implants have redefined modern restorative dentistry. With advanced technology capable of producing prosthetic roots and crowns, this dental option means your artificial teeth blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. The cost of teeth implants is generally higher than other tooth-replacement procedures. However, dental implants are a durable, permanent solution for restoring missing teeth, making them more affordable over the long-term.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Teeth implants are an excellent option for people who are in good overall health with a healthy jaw bone density and sufficient periodontal support. An ideal candidate should regularly visit the dentist for oral care and checkups to ensure this tooth replacement solution is successful.
Some candidates with insufficient jawbone density or a lack of space in the upper jaw may need additional surgeries, such as a bone graft or sinus lift, to prepare the jaw before implantation.
A sinus lift involves moving the sinus membrane upward away from the maxillary arch and placing a bone graft inside the space to create a more stable foundation for an upper jaw dental implant.
A bone graft is used for the lower jaw and involves embedding a small amount of bone tissue into a growth matrix to stimulate bone tissue growth.
How Dental Implants Work
How dental implants are done is through a multi-step process. During the initial consultation, your dentist takes 3D images of your teeth and jaw to assess the condition of your teeth and the density of your jaw. If your dentist believes you are the right candidate for a dental implant, you can schedule an appointment for dental implant surgery.
During dental implant surgery, the dentist makes an incision in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone, then inserts the implant into the jaw. Dental implants act as an artificial root crafted from biocompatible titanium which bonds with your jawbone over 3-6 months.
At Sydney Smile Care, we use the latest technology to perform digitally guided surgery which is minimally invasive and allows you to heal faster.
Digitally guided procedures reduce the time you’re in the chair by allowing the dentist to work quickly with confidence because they have an accurate depiction of the tooth and tissue anatomy.
Digitally guided surgery involves the use of digital software and CT scans to determine precisely where to place the implant. A template is fabricated and placed over the implant site, allowing the dentist to make a smaller incision, and more accurately place the titanium screw.
At your next session, an abutment is placed, and impressions are taken for your prosthetic tooth.
An abutment is a fastener to connect the implant to the false tooth.
While it is sometimes placed simultaneously as the implant, this often requires a separate appointment after the fusion of the titanium screw to the bone has taken place.
There are single tooth and multiple tooth implants available depending upon how many teeth need replacing. If you are missing several teeth, you might be a good candidate for a dental implant arch, which uses multiple implants to secure a full arch. Implants are a solution that lasts far longer than traditional dentures and provides support to the jaw, preventing deterioration.
Dental Implant Cost
Dental implants require a higher initial investment than other tooth replacement options, but an implant’s longevity makes the cost worthwhile. Digitally guided surgery uses advanced imaging technology to help the dentist install the implants with incredible precision. With this technology, the procedure becomes less invasive and can be completed more quickly, reducing the healing time.
At Sydney Smile Care, we use high-quality implants and abutments made by trusted brands, including Nobel Biocare, Astra, Dentium, and DIO.
If dental implant cost is an obstacle to seeking treatment, you can apply for assistance through your superannuation. This covers essential dental treatment under the ATO’s Compassionate Release of Superannuation program. Using SuperCare to apply for these funds can make dental implants accessible to anyone regardless of the costs.
The cost of dental implants varies in Australia depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced, and whether any additional surgeries are required. So, the option for financial support is life-changing for many who want a permanent solution for their smile.
Dental Implant Options
There are different kinds of dental implants to meet the specific needs of most individuals. Some of the methods for how dental implants are done include:
Endosteal implants are the most common and involve inserting the post directly into the jaw. For this option to work, the candidate must have sufficient jawbone to support the implant. In this scenario, the titanium post fuses with the jawbone, and the prosthetic tooth is placed once this has healed.
Subperiosteal implants are an alternative for patients who don’t have enough jawbone tissue for a standard implant. This option places the implant above the bone but below the gumline. The gums then heal to support the post.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are narrow implant posts used to stabilise a denture. This procedure is usually faster, and the artificial teeth are put in place on the same day. Mini teeth implants are the right choice for people who have lost bone mass in the jaw and cannot support a regular sized dental implant.
An All-on-Four® implant is when a dentist inserts four implant posts into the jaw bone if an entire set of top or bottom teeth needs replacing. This procedure requires a special diet for six months following surgery while the tissue heals and the bone fuses.
Get Premium Dental Implants at Sydney Smile Care
Dental implants are an excellent option for many people who are missing teeth and want to maintain a healthy jaw. Advanced technology allows dentists to provide permanent dental implant solutions to missing teeth through digitally guided surgery and 3D imaging.
The dental implant cost varies case by case, but payment programs can help finance your implant surgery at an affordable repayment rate. Let us help you begin the journey to a permanent, healthy smile. Contact the team at Sydney Smile Care to book an appointment and learn if teeth implants are the right choice for you.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.