What are dental implants?
If you are missing some teeth, and would like to get back to a natural, full and great looking smile, Ethos Dental at Ringwood (https://dentalringwood.com.au/) can help!
Implants are long-lasting tooth replacements that are fitted using titanium screws embedded directly into your jaw bone.
These screws then bond to your jaw and create new artificial roots that make your smile look natural, and amazing.
So How much do they cost Doc?
The average cost of dental implants at about $3,000, ranging up to $30,000. This cost includes surgeon and dentist fees, which are typically billed separately. The cost will vary based on where you live, your dentist’s experience, and how many implants you need.
A lot of dentists say “Plan on around $3,000 to $5,000 per tooth” for the combined implant, abutment (the connecting piece), and visible tooth. It might be more if you need bone grafting or possibly less per tooth if you need several teeth and they can be made as part of a single implanted support structure. The visible tooth-looking part could be a crown, bridge, or overdenture—another factor that could affect the cost.
So the question I always get is “but I can get it for 60% in Thailand or Indonesia or India, and they say that the implants are world class”.
The answer is, well why do you think its so cheap, and what happens if it goes wrong. Dental implants are one of the most complicated procedures we do, and I encourage to peruse the risk section later on to see just what can go wrong.
Cheap fees or fees from overseas dentists often mean cheaper/generic implant parts, labs that are doing the work offshore, lower quality materials or inexperienced doctors. The one thing I can say is, I will be here to fix anything and want to see you on a regular basis, for them, you are a one time project and they want to get you in and get you out.
I will let you be the judge.
So What can go wrong Doc?
Stay on the lookout for rare but possible side effects like these – like I said, they are very rare but worth knowing!
Very rarely, an infection might develop where the implant was screwed in. Many surgeons will give you an antibiotic prescription to take after the procedure, just in case.
It’s also rare for one of your implant teeth to break, especially if the surgeon uses the right size and number of teeth for your mouth.
This side effect mainly affects heavy smokers because the toxins in nicotine reduce the body’s ability to heal. That’s why the success rate for implants among smokers drops to 50–70%.
You’ll feel numbness, tingling, or pain in or around your mouth which can be temporary or permanent. The risk of permanent nerve damage is very low when working with a qualified specialist.
Keep in mind that it’s not just the implants that have risks. Putting off implants when you need them has risks too. That’s because when you lose teeth, the bone that used to surround the root starts to break down as well—about a 25% decrease in the first year after you lose the tooth. Getting implants helps stimulate and stabilize the bone that supports your teeth.
What happens during a dental implant procedure?
Prior to working at Ethos Dental, I used to work in a large cosmetic practice, and there I have performed many teeth implantations.
The first step is to give you a local anesthetic, to numb your teeth. I will then place titanium screws into your jaw bone to act as the new roots.
Over time, the titanium fuses to your jawbone, making dental implants a much longer lasting solution than dentures.
Once the titanium screw has had four to six months to bond with the bone, you’ll receive your new replacement tooth.
I will place an abutment (a small connector that keeps the crown secured to the implant) onto the implant. The new tooth will be matched to the color and shape of your existing teeth and fixed to the abutment.
The implant teeth should function just like your other teeth. Your implants are likely to last 25 years, possibly longer.
Are dental implants right for me?
Well, why don’t you come in and see me, and I can have a good look and tell you in person!
The first consultation appointment is free so I can examine your teeth and so that you can have the fullest of confidence in me, my staff, and my clinic to give you that amazing smile and fantastic service.
You can contact me here: https://dentalringwood.com.au/