Dental implants are a great solution for anyone looking to replace missing or damaged teeth. They provide a permanent and natural-looking way to enhance your smile. Offering many benefits, including improved appearance, comfort, and better oral health, the cost of dental implants starts at between $5,000 – $6,500 for a single implant.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant involves replacing a missing tooth, using a variety of materials to place it into the jaw where the bone grows around it, helping secure it in place. This results in a permanent solution to missing teeth, allowing individuals to enjoy a natural-looking smile that feels comfortable and functional.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants have several benefits that make them a popular choice for replacing missing or damaged teeth. Here are some of the main advantages:

1. Improved Appearance: Designed to look and feel like natural teeth, they are customised to match the colour and shape of your existing teeth, which means that they blend in seamlessly with your smile.

2. Increased Comfort: Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants are fixed in place and do not move around in your mouth. This makes them more comfortable to wear and eat with, as you won’t have to worry about them slipping or causing irritation.

3. Improved Speech: Missing teeth can affect your ability to speak clearly, but dental implants can help to restore your natural speech patterns. This is because they fill in gaps and support your mouth, which makes it easier to form words and sounds.

4. Improved Chewing Ability: Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat certain foods, but dental implants can restore your chewing ability. They are strong and durable, which means that you can eat all your favourite foods without any restrictions.

5. Improved Oral Health: Dental implants help to prevent bone loss in your jaw, which can occur when teeth are missing. They also don’t require any special maintenance or cleaning, as you would with traditional dentures.

Overall, dental implants offer several benefits that can greatly improve your quality of life. They are a long-lasting, low-maintenance solution to missing or damaged teeth that can help you to feel confident and comfortable in your smile.

Pain Relief and Sedation Options

For some people, the thought of getting dental implants can be nerve-wracking. But rest assured, your dentist can offer you several pain relief and sedation options to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the entire process.

Local Anaesthesia: Local anaesthesia is typically used for implant surgery. This numbs the area being treated, so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. It is important to note that you will remain awake during the procedure.

Oral Sedation: Oral sedation can be prescribed by your dentist before the implant surgery. It comes in pill form and can be taken the night before and/or the day of the procedure. It will help you relax, and you may feel sleepy, but you will still be conscious.

IV Sedation: If you require more than oral sedation, your dentist may recommend IV sedation. This is administered through a vein in your arm, and you will be completely asleep during the entire procedure.

No matter which option you choose, you can feel confident that your dentist will help you choose the right one for your specific needs and ensure that you are comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

Who are Dental Implants Suitable for

Dental implants are suitable for people who have lost one or more teeth, or who are facing tooth extraction due to decay or damage. They are also a good option for people who have worn dentures for many years and are looking for a more permanent solution.

Dental implants can be used in both the upper and lower jaw, and they can be customised to match the surrounding teeth for a natural look. The procedure can be done on people of all ages if they have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant.

People with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, may need to consult with their doctor before undergoing implant surgery. Additionally, smokers may have a lower success rate, so they may need to quit smoking or cut back before the procedure.

Overall, dental implants are a great option for anyone looking to replace missing teeth or improve their oral health and function. If you’re interested, be sure to consult with your dentist to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

View some of our dental implant before & after cases in our Smile Transformation gallery.

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Cost of Dental Implants

The cost of dental implants can vary depending on several factors, such as the number of implants required, and the type of implant used. Generally, dental implants are more expensive than other tooth replacement options such as dentures or bridges. However, the benefits far outweigh the cost in terms of functionality, appearance, and durability.

To give you an idea of the cost, here is a general price guide for dental implants:

  • Implant Basic: $5,000 – $5,500
  • Implant Plus (Bone/Gum/Graft): $5,500 – $6,500
  • Implant Extra (More complex cases): $6,500 – $7,500

View the White Space Dental price guide.

It is important to note that the cost of implants may also include additional procedures such as bone grafting or sinus lifting, which can increase the overall cost. Additionally, some dental insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost of dental implants, but it is best to check with your insurance provider to confirm.

While the cost of dental implants may seem daunting, it is important to consider the long-term benefits. Dental implants have a success rate of over 95% and can last a lifetime with proper care. They also provide a more natural look and feel compared to other tooth replacement options, improving both your oral health and quality of life.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last

Dental implants are considered a permanent solution to tooth loss. They are designed to be a long-term solution and with proper care and maintenance, they can last for a lifetime.

The lifespan of a dental implant will vary from person to person and can be influenced by a variety of factors, including oral hygiene, smoking habits, overall health, and the location of the implant. However, with good oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups, dental implants can last 25 years or more.

It is important to note that the implant itself is designed to last a long time. However, the crown, bridge, or denture attached to the implant may need to be replaced over time. This is because the prosthetic tooth may become damaged or worn out over time due to regular use.

To ensure their longevity, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly. Additionally, if you smoke, quitting smoking can help extend the life of your dental implants.

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