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Dental Implants: Procedure & Costs

If you are you self-conscious about missing teeth or wearing dentures, regain your confidence with dental implants. Ideal for replacing missing or badly diseased teeth and a great alternative to dentures, dental implants are the most natural looking restoration option.

If missing teeth have you feeling shy and insecure, dental implants are the perfect option for restoring a beautiful and natural looking smile that lights up every room.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a screwlike anchor that is used as an artificial replacement for natural tooth roots. Made of materials that are compatible with the human body, such as titanium, implants have been used for decades in upper and lower jaws. By attaching to the jawbone and gum tissue, they provide a stable base for artificial replacement teeth, such as dental crowns, bridges and dentures.

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth, or to support partial or full dentures. Implants and crowns remain inside the mouth and do not require any adhesives to hold them in place.

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Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implant treatment generally takes several months and follows a three-step process.

  1. Your Smile approved dentist places the implant into the jaw then inserts a screw to prevent debris from entering. It will take 3 to 6 months for the implant to fuse with the jawbone, during which time the gum is secured over the implant.
  2. Upon returning to the dentist, the implant is uncovered and an extension called a post is attached. Once the gum tissue has healed around the post, the implant and post act as the foundation for the new tooth.
  3. Finally, the dentist makes a crown that best suits your natural teeth, considering factors including size, shape and colour. Once completed, the crown is attached to the implant post and you can enjoy your beautiful new smile!

What is the Cost of Dental Implants?

Dental procedures can be a costly expense for regular patients, but Smile members receive a guaranteed saving of at least 15% off all dental treatments.

A simple single dental implant can cost up to $5,661 (in Qld). A more complex single dental implant can range from $5,500 to $6,500. An all-on-4 dental implant procedure can cost between $20,000 to $30,000.

For Smile members dental implants are much more affordable as Smile members save a guaranteed minimum 15% off all dental treatment at Smile approved practices across Australia.

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Dental Implants Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceQueensland
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
012Oral Exam - Periodic$56 - $76$47
311Removal of Tooth or Part(s) Thereof$180 - $260$153
633Provisional implant abutment - per abutment$301 - $950 ***$256 - $808 ***
631Provisional crown$200 - $436 ***$170 - $371 ***
661Implant Abutment - Per Abutment$860 - $1,380 ***$731 - $1,173 ***
672Full Crown to Implant - Veneered$1,761 - $2,559 ***$1,497 - $2,176 ***
Total Cost$3,358 - $5,661$2,854 - $4,728

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Dental Implants Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceAustralian Capital Territory
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
012Oral Exam - Periodic$60 - $75$55
311Removal of Tooth or Part(s) Thereof$160 - $235$191
633Provisional implant abutment - per abutment$395 - $395 ***$336 ***
631Provisional crown$275 - $340 ***$234 - $289 ***
661Implant Abutment - Per Abutment$923 - $1,350 ***$785 - $1,148 ***
672Full Crown to Implant - Veneered$2,100 - $2,500 ***$1,785 - $2,125 ***
Total Cost$3,913 - $4,895$3,386 - $4,144

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That's an estimated saving of $572 - $751!

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Dental Implants Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceNew South Wales
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
012Oral Exam - Periodic$55 - $79$47
311Removal of Tooth or Part(s) Thereof$180 - $275$153
633Provisional implant abutment - per abutment$435 - $800 ***$370 - $680 ***
631Provisional crown$200 - $453 ***$170 - $386 ***
661Implant Abutment - Per Abutment$850 - $1,485 ***$723 - $1,263 ***
672Full Crown to Implant - Veneered$1,800 - $2,532 ***$1,530 - $2,153 ***
Total Cost$3,520 - $5,624$2,993 - $4,682

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Dental Implants Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceWestern Australia
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
012Oral Exam - Periodic$62 - $83$49
311Removal of Tooth or Part(s) Thereof$164 - $260$145
633Provisional implant abutment - per abutment$394 - $444 ***$335 - $378 ***
631Provisional crown$189 - $362 ***$161 - $308 ***
661Implant Abutment - Per Abutment$1,123 - $1,457 ***$955 - $1,239 ***
672Full Crown to Implant - Veneered$1,749 - $2,215 ***$1,487 - $1,883 ***
Total Cost$3,681 - $4,821$3,132 - $4,002

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Dental Implants Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceTasmania
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
012Oral Exam - Periodic$60 - $70$55
311Removal of Tooth or Part(s) Thereof$214 - $245$165
633Provisional implant abutment - per abutment$361 - $361 ***$307 ***
631Provisional crown$177 - $300 ***$150 - $255 ***
661Implant Abutment - Per Abutment$872 - $1,278 ***$741 - $1,087 ***
672Full Crown to Implant - Veneered$1,844 - $2,105 ***$1,567 - $1,790 ***
Total Cost$3,528 - $4,359$2,985 - $3,659

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Dental Implants Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceNorthern Territory
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
012Oral Exam - Periodic$60 - $76$61
311Removal of Tooth or Part(s) Thereof$195 - $214$165
633Provisional implant abutment - per abutment$220 - $220 ***$187 ***
631Provisional crown$210 - $290 ***$179 - $247 ***
661Implant Abutment - Per Abutment$1,000 - $1,105 ***$850 - $940 ***
672Full Crown to Implant - Veneered$2,046 - $2,142 ***$1,739 - $1,821 ***
Total Cost$3,731 - $4,047$3,181 - $3,421

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Dental Implants Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceVictoria
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
012Oral Exam - Periodic$55 - $79$48
311Removal of Tooth or Part(s) Thereof$175 - $280$148
633Provisional implant abutment - per abutment$310 - $650 ***$264 - $553 ***
631Provisional crown$200 - $423 ***$170 - $360 ***
661Implant Abutment - Per Abutment$906 - $1,490 ***$770 - $1,267 ***
672Full Crown to Implant - Veneered$1,850 - $2,575 ***$1,573 - $2,189 ***
Total Cost$3,496 - $5,497$2,973 - $4,565

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Dental Implants Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceSouth Australia
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
012Oral Exam - Periodic$55 - $70$47
311Removal of Tooth or Part(s) Thereof$170 - $195$147
633Provisional implant abutment - per abutment$250 - $525 ***$213 - $447 ***
631Provisional crown$163 - $350 ***$139 - $298 ***
661Implant Abutment - Per Abutment$800 - $1,400 ***$680 - $1,190 ***
672Full Crown to Implant - Veneered$1,650 - $2,500 ***$1,403 - $2,125 ***
Total Cost$3,088 - $5,040$2,629 - $4,254

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Important Notes on Dental Fees
Last Updated: 5 July 2016
Source: Australian Dental Association's (ADA) annual dental fee survey conducted in October 2015.
Regular Patients Pay: The fee non-members 'could be charged' when visiting a regular dentist.
Members Pay: Members pay no more than this fee (the fee may be less) when visiting an approved dentist.
* This Dental Fee Example is a guide only. Your personal situation should be discussed with your approved dentist.
** You may require fewer or additional dental services which may increase or decrease the total cost.
*** This fee will vary depending on the approved dentist visited & will be reduced by 15% off the practice fee.


The Types of Dental Implants

There are 3 different types of dental implants. Depending on your individual circumstances, your Smile approved dental professional will decide which kind is best suited to you.

Endosseous Implants

Cylinder or screw-shaped, endosseous implants are made of metal, ceramic or ceramic-coated metal and are placed within the jawbone.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants consist of a metal framework that attaches on top of the jawbone but underneath the gum tissue.

Transosteal Implants

Transosteal implants are either a metal pin or a u-shaped frame that passes through the jawbone and the gum tissue into the mouth.

How Long Does a Dental Implant Procedure Take?

The procedure of inserting a single dental implant takes approximately 1-2 hours.

What is the Recovery Time for Dental Implants?

The recovery time for dental implants is dependent on the patient, and it differs from one individual to another. Depending on your circumstances, the downtime could be a couple of days or a couple of weeks. On average, it takes just a couple of days to feel back to normal. The complete healing of your jawbone and gum tissue takes approximately 3-6 months.

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Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants have proven to be a safe and effective solution for replacing teeth for over 30 years. Made from materials that work well with the human body, dental implants serve as a strong and safe foundation for replacement teeth.

Are There Any Risks, Side Effects or Pain Involved?

Any risks and side effects are rare and easily treated. These can include:

  • Infection
  • Injury or damage to other teeth or blood vessels
  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus problems if upper-jaw implants protrude into sinus cavities.

Although uncommon and usually minor, it is important to contact your Smile-approved dentist if you experience any of these side effects.

Once healed, dental implants should be painless and comfortable. Immediately after surgery, however, discomfort and mild pain is expected to last up to a week. Your dentist may prescribe you something for the pain and to avoid infection; otherwise, over-the-counter painkillers can help to manage the pain.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

If cared for correctly, your dental implant should last a lifetime. The artificial replacement tooth attached, however, be it a dental crown, bridge or denture, does have a lifespan, which is generally between 5-15 years depending on how well it is cared for.

Caring for Dental Implants

Different dental implants may require different care. Your dentist will ensure you are equipped with the correct products, such as special brushes, to care for your implants.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is vital for preventing infection around your dental implant. With thorough cleaning and frequent visits to your dentist for professional cleaning and maintenance, your dental implants will be well looked after, allowing you to enjoy them for many years to come.

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