Understanding Dental Implants – Part Two

If you’ve recently had dental implants recommended to you by your dentist, you’ll no doubt have some questions about the process. In this second part of a two-part series, we’re taking a look at some of the more common questions that patients have when considering dental implants.

We’ll be looking at the material costs involved in having dental implants done. And unpacking what you can expect from dental implants in terms of longevity. For a look at when we typically recommend dental implants, head to Part One.

How much does dental implant service cost?

The actual cost of having dental implants is one of the most common questions our patients tend to have. It’s understandable – as there is often a steep cost associated with dental work of any kind, and once the process is understood, it’s clear to many that there are a great many factors.

The main material costs in choosing dental implants can be broken down into three parts:

  • The implant itself – depending heavily on the manufacturer and material
  • The abutment – the part connecting the lower implant and upper crown
  • The crown – again heavily dependent on material and manufacturer

Many patients will be eager to see a final figure that they can weigh up before committing to the process. Though unfortunately, while you will often be given a rough idea, it can be difficult to determine a final price prior to undergoing a procedure.

What factors affect the cost of dental implants?

Dental implants are typically a solution that we recommend when a tooth is thoroughly damaged or decayed. For that reason, the procedure itself often involves addressing problems that accompany that damage or degradation – and these processes will affect the costs involved in a successful dental implant procedure, such as a root canal treatment.

In some cases, if the patient has a damaged or otherwise inadequate amount of bone matter to work with, the cost of the procedure will be increased by the need for bone grafts. Other issues of this nature can influence the cost, and a direct consultation with one of our dentists is the best way to gain clarity here.

How long do dental implants last?

One of the best features of a dental implant is that it is a long-term solution. Dental implants are a much more permanent answer to a range of common dental problems than bridges, crowns or dentures. 

But the actual longevity of your dental implants will still depend on some key details:

  • The quality of the implantation procedure.
  • The equipment and techniques used.
  • The quality of the materials and construction of the implants themselves.

Moreover, the life of your dental implants will also depend heavily on how they are cared for post-implantation. We encourage each and every one of our patients to:

  • Refrain from eating any tough or abrasive foods in the period immediately following implantation. The implant will need time to integrate with the bone.
  • Clean teeth regularly and gently, your dentist will be able to provide instruction here.
  • Schedule a check-up at an agreed interval to ensure that the healing process is going ahead as it should. This ensures that any 

After inserting the Implant teeth, the dental implant pillar will need time to integrate with the bone. We encourage our patients to limit the chewing of food – encouraging the consumption of soft foods and liquids where possible to allow the healing process to continue uninterrupted.

Get in touch with us at LN Dental

Perhaps the most important detail with any sort of dental work is to ensure that you’re choosing a reputable provider. At LN Dental, we’re fortunate to have an experienced team of dentistry experts to assist you in understanding the best path forward for you – and implement any restorative solutions as needed.

To get in touch, give us a call at (02) 9644 1499 or book an appointment today!


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