Enjoy the benefits of stable, secure, natural-looking teeth with dental implants…
Dental implants are one of the most exciting new tooth replacement options in the world dentistry. For patients missing teeth, whether it’s one tooth, several or all teeth missing, these tiny titanium screws can mimic the action of a tooth root, working as an anchor for the missing teeth.
With implants you can:
- enjoy them for a lifetime
- no longer put up with the annoyance of traditional dentures
- increase your biting efficiency by approx. 65%
- prevent bone loss, keeping your jawbone healthy and strong and prevent premature ageing (without an implant or a tooth root in the jawbone, the bone tissue will resorb and waste away, which occurs with traditional denture wearers)
- laugh and talk without your dentures moving
- keep your adjacent natural teeth stable
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone. Over time, the jawbone and the titanium implant fuse together in a process known as osseointegration. Once osseointegration has occurred, you have a tough, sturdy base for your new tooth (dental crown) or teeth (implant supported dentures).
Are tooth implants right for me?
Chances are, if you have lost a tooth or teeth, tooth implants will be a great solution for you. However, for a very small percentage of individuals, they may not be appropriate. For instance, if you have inadequate bone tissue, cancer or diabetes, implants may not be the best solution for you. As always, it is best to discuss this with your dentist.
Dental implants: cost
The cost of dental implants in Perth has come down considerably in the last couple of years. At your initial consult (which incurs no out-of pocket expense) our dentist will discuss all costs and item numbers required for your procedure. Then, if you have private health insurance, we can check your exact rebates on the spot using HICAPS.
Teeth Replacement Options – with Dental Implants
Single tooth implant (missing one tooth)
If you’re missing one tooth, a single tooth implant (a.k.a. dental implant) can be inserted to take the place of your natural tooth root. You’ll then need an artificial tooth – a crown – to be attached on top via an abutment. The cost of a single tooth implant, abutment and Australian-made dental crown starts from approximately $4500.
A single tooth implant is the preferred option over a dental bridge as the implant keeps the bone strong and prevents adjacent teeth from moving.
Multiple teeth implants (missing several teeth)
If you have several missing teeth, several dental implants may be required for your tooth replacement. After the implant placement, a removable implant denture or fixed bridge will be fitted via an abutment. N.B.: You do not need an implant for every missing tooth.
Dental implants provide the most stable and long-term solution for those missing several teeth. Some individuals require a bone graft or sinus lift before the implant procedure (irrespective of how many implants are required). After careful assessment and x-ray, your dentist will let you know if you currently have enough bone – and explain the best possible options for you.
All teeth replacement (missing all teeth)
If you have all teeth missing and are looking for a tooth replacement option, dental implants are often likely to be the best solution. There are several options available, depending on your pathology and personal choice. Some people choose to have a permanent, non-removable full arch support (fixed bridge), while others choose implant-supported dentures that can be removed at any time.
Implant procedure cost is also an issue, as some methods are considerably more expensive than others. Your dentist will talk you through the options available so you can make the best choice for your health and lifestyle.