“Why are dental implants so expensive in Australia?” is a question that many often find themselves asking. Implants are an important procedure that effectively replaces missing teeth. But, if you ask any dentistry professional in Australia for a quote on implants, you’ll get a cost ranging in the thousands per implant.

At first glance, this expensive procedure can be quite intimidating. But, there are two things you have to keep in mind:

  • This is a procedure that effectively and permanently replaces an entire tooth.
  • It takes significant effort and contains a lot of different parts.

We’ve put together this guide to help you feel at ease when you need to consider the finances concerning your next implant procedure.

Okay, so why are dental implants so expensive in Australia?

There are multiple reasons why the cost of this procedure is high. But they all make sense, especially when you consider them all together. They cover each of the different parts that go into the implant process; from the logistics that go into organising the procedure, to the effort and resources that go into enacting the procedure, to the financial pillars in place that influence the cost of the procedure.

Reason #1 – Dental Implants are a complicated process

Implants are not an easy process to enact, which adds to their cost and how expensive they are. While, at Greenvale Dental Group, our professional dentists are qualified and well-versed in every part of the implant process, that does not mean that each implant procedure they are partaking in doesn’t come with a level of difficulty.

The implant procedure typically involves four appointments, one of which involves a delicate surgical procedure. That means that there is a lot of time and effort involved, as well as componentry and laboratory fees, which affects the cost and how expensive your implant is.

First appointment

The dentist will ascertain your suitability and discuss the procedure at length and answer any questions you have. You will then be provided with a treatment plan including a quote and an information booklet. X-rays and scans will also need to be taken to know the placement of the implant.

Second appointment

You will have minor surgery where the implant(s) will be put into your jawbone. Patients will then have a healing period of 8-12 weeks while the bone grows around the implant.

Third appointment

Impressions of the healed implant are then taken and the shade for the new crown or bridge will be ascertained to that of your natural surrounding teeth.

Fourth appointment

Your new tooth or teeth are inserted and screwed into the foundation.

Reason #2 – Dental Implants contain multiple parts

Implants are posts made of titanium, surgically positioned into the bone to support a crown or a bridge. An implant looks close to natural teeth and over time, integrating to your natural jawbone. An artificial tooth or crown is attached to the implant to fill the gap left by the missing tooth.

So, to break it down, an implant consists of:

  • A porcelain crown that resembles natural tooth
  • An implant abutment, which is the connector between a crown and an implant
  • The implant itself, which screws into place and serves as the foundation for the crown

Just like the effort needed for an implant procedure, the resources needed cost money as well, which can make the process more expensive.

Reason #3 – Dental Implants are not covered by Medicare

The services of medicare include:

  • Full or partial payment for many healthcare services for Australian citizens and permanent residents
  • Payment of fees based on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)
  • Additional fee support to those who incur higher-than-usual medical costs via the Medicare Safety Net

Medicare is the backbone for Australia’s healthcare system, being a publicly funded universal health care insurance scheme that provides Australian citizens access to most of the health care services in Australia, alleviating the cost.

However, most dentistry procedures are not covered under Medicare, and an implant is one of those procedures, as they are not considered a necessary procedure. This results in their expensive pricing.

What if I need a dental implant?

At Greenvale Dental Group, we want to make dentistry procedures accessible to anybody that needs it, even if said procedures are expensive. Hence, If you have trouble with the payments for your dentistry implant in Melbourne, we have alternative payment plans available to help with that cost. 

Greenvale Dental Group accepts all major credit and debit cards. We also accept all insurance cards, and are preferred providers for BUPA, Medibank and HCF, which usually gives you more rebates and lower prices. We can also help you apply for a MacCredit or TLC loan, which are special, low interest lines of credit specifically designed for medical and dentistry treatments, if you would like to consider payment plans. Application is online and approval is usually within 24 hours.

An itemised quote plus treatment plans will be provided at your consultation, so you will know what to expect regarding the tooth filling cost Melbourne. Our team will also assist in easing the financial burden of your treatment plan if possible, by spreading your appointments. Talk to our friendly staff about your preferred options.

Where can I get an affordable dental implant in the northern suburbs of Melbourne?

Greenvale Dental Group in Melbourne’s northern suburbs (Australia) can provide a dentistry implant that isn’t too expensive. Whether you’re looking for a dentistry implant to replace a single tooth or a row of teeth, we can discuss a suitable dentistry implant procedure for you. 

You don’t need to be referred to by a surgeon as Dr Soraya Eakins consults and treats patients seeking a dentistry implant in Melbourne at our practice. Dr Eakins has over 30 years of experience in dentistry and has completed advanced surgical training in dentistry implanting in Australia and overseas, including a Fellowship in Implant Dentistry at the University of Miami and at the International College of Oral Implantology.

Our Dental Practice in Australia specialises in more than just a dental implant. We also cover various dental disciplines such as:

  • general dentistry
  • cosmetic dentistry
  • emergency dentistry
  • crown and bridges
  • dentures
  • child dental care
  • teeth whitening

We are so known for our high quality dental implant work that isn’t too expensive, that we have patients visit our clinic from Greenvale and surrounding suburbs like Craigieburn, Tullamarine, Pascoe Vale, Airport West, Melbourne Airport, Mickleham, Oaklands Junction, Attwood, Roxburgh Park, Meadow Heights, Westmeadows, Campbellfield and Donnybrook.