Previously, dentures and bridges were the only replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants have changed dentistry by offering a permanent and realistic solution to help you restore your smile. Read on to find out about cheap dental implants and where you can find dental implants in Sydney.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of a tiny titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone to mimic the root of a tooth. Once the site heals an abutment is placed, and this connects the crown to the implant for a prosthetic that looks and feels like a natural tooth.
Types of Dental Implants
Different types of dental implants are used depending on the position of the missing tooth and the current condition of your oral health.
Single implants are used to replace a single missing tooth and are composed of a single post, abutment and crown, while an implant supported bridge is used to replace a whole row of teeth with multiple posts spaced throughout the jaw to support the crowns. Implants can also be used to secure dentures, improving your appearance, and enabling you to enjoy more of your favorite foods.
Endosteal implants are the most commonly used type of implant and are shaped like small screws which are inserted into the jawbone.
Subperiosteal implants are placed above the jawbone inside the gum and are better suited to patients who do not have a healthy jawbone or do not want any bone augmentation.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a permanent solution for replacing your missing tooth. The titanium post is designed not to deteriorate and can strengthen your jawbone.
Prevent Bone Loss
Not replacing a missing tooth can cause your remaining teeth to shift, and gap can deteriorate due to a lack of use. Dentures offer a temporary fix but can also exacerbate the problem by gradually wearing away the bony ridge. Dental implants, on the other hand, replace both the root and the tooth to facilitate natural bone growth.
Dental implants are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. The implant post is invisible after implantation, and in the months after your initial surgery, the bone and soft tissue will fuse with the metal to create a permanent fixture. The artificial crown is shaded and shaped to look like and natural tooth, and it attached securely to the post so that you have optimal functionality.
Most implants are constructed from titanium, which is known for its durability and strength. The biocompatible titanium will not decay like natural teeth, though you do still need to maintain good oral hygiene to protect your gums.
Many patients with dentures complain of discomfort due to irritation to the soft tissues in the mouth or even gagging as the dentures shift. Dental implants offer a more comfortable solution to replacing your teeth as they fit as comfortably in your mouth and you won’t experience the slipping and sliding as you do with conventional dentures.
Cost of Dental Implants
Though dental implants can be slightly more expensive than other types of dental work, advances in technology have seen the price of dental implants in Sydney decrease in recent years, so they are more affordable. Single tooth implants cost less than an implant supported bridge, but the cost of dental implants can vary according to the condition of your natural teeth, the brand of implant used and the experience level of your dentist.
Medicare does not cover the cost of dental implants unless your missing tooth is severely impacting your overall health and wellbeing, or if you are a concession card holder and are eligible for subsidised dental work under the government dental scheme.
If you have private health insurance, you may be covered for dental implants in Sydney under your extras cover. Dental implants fall under the category of Major Dental. So, check with your insurance provider to ensure that dental implants are covered by your policy.
Our fee for Single tooth dental implant with crown ranges from $4500 – $5000. Claim your Free Dental Implant Consultation today at Dapto Dentists.
Dapto Dentists Payment Plans
At Dapto Dentists, we believe affordable dental care isn’t only for a select few, and that is why we offer ZipPay and SuperCare payment plans. For more information on how our payment plans can help you and your family afford the dental care you need, please call our practice on (02) 4044 5520.
If you are suffering from missing teeth or need a tooth extraction and are interested in affordable dental implants in Sydney, call Dapto Dentists on (02) 4044 5520 to book a free dental implant consultation.