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How much do dental implants cost

How much do dental implants cost?

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Living with tooth loss can be a real struggle, especially when it comes to the way you speak, the foods you can eat, and most importantly, your smile. While there are many solutions to replacing teeth, nothing matches the benefits and aesthetics of dental implants. Often considered to be the gold standard solution for replacing missing or failing teeth, implants mimic the function and appearance of a natural tooth, and with proper care, can last you for years to come.

One of the most common questions that patients ask in regards to dental implants is about the cost of their procedure. While it is true that dental implants are not the cheapest option, many patients find that over the course of their lifetime, implants prove to be a life changing investment that saves them on time, headache, and overall cost. If you’re looking to restore the appearance and function of your mouth, scheduling a consultation at Perth Dental Implant Centre is the first step towards a lifetime of healthier smiles.

What Influences the Cost of Dental Implants?

The overall cost of dental implants is difficult to provide without first receiving an in-depth examination by our experienced dentists here at Perth Dental Implant Centre. You’ll see below that we can provide you with an estimated cost of the implant treatment itself, but there are many other factors that you, and our team, will need to consider that may alter that price. This is because receiving dental implants is an advanced surgical procedure that requires patients to have a healthy mouth, as well as requires our dentists and team to use years of education, experience, and technology to get you proven success.

Factors that are often considered and impact the overall cost of dental implants include:

  • Bone volume in the jaw
  • Location and number of teeth to be replaced
  • Presence of gum disease
  • Underlying health or medical conditions
  • The implant solutions that you choose
  • Technology and restoration options
  • Your Dental Implant Options and Cost

    Dental implants are a versatile tooth replacement solution, and give patients options when it comes to replacement. Whether you are just missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or need to restore your entire mouth, Perth Dental Implant Centre has affordable, effective dental implant options for you.

    Single Tooth Dental Implants

    Single tooth implants are ideal for replacing one tooth or a few teeth that are missing in different areas of the mouth. This option is a one-for-one replacement, where the dental implant will directly replace the individual tooth. A single tooth dental implant includes a biocompatible implant post that is surgically placed within the jaw bone, a functional and aesthetic dental crown, and an abutment piece to connect everything together. Once fully healed, a single dental implant can blend in seamlessly with surrounding teeth and give you a complete and functional smile again.

    This option can be suitable for patients who have an overall healthy mouth, but have one or two problem areas or missing teeth. Single dental implants are able to complete your smile again and get you back to living your normal life. However, if you have many missing teeth or teeth that are failing due to disease, damage, or poor structural support, replacing them one at a time may not be the ideal option as it can be more costly in the long run. To find out if a single dental implant is ideal for your specific case, schedule a consultation with our team.

    Single Tooth Dental Implant Price: From $3,700

    Includes placement of an MIS Seven titanium dental implant; titanium abutment; CAD-CAM milled monolithic zirconia crown and x-rays during treatment. (Price excludes 3D CBCT scan of $195, used to check jaw bone density and quality).

    Implant Retained Dentures

    While dentures are a common and inexpensive option for those with tooth loss, dental implants can help provide patients with a more secure, comfortable and long-term solution. By placing as few as two implants into the top or bottom jaw, our team can secure them to a denture prosthesis. The benefit this offers patients is greatly improved stability within the mouth, a stronger overall bite, and improved comfort while wearing them. Implant retained dentures can solve for many of the common problems denture wearers experience.

    Implant retained dentures are excellent for those who are already wearing dentures, or those who will soon need to transition to them. The benefits make wearing dentures much more convenient. This is also ideal for those who have minimal bone support, but can take some getting used to because they still require patients to remove them for cleaning and sleeping. If you are looking for a fixed solution, fixed full mouth implant bridges may be a better option.

    Implant Retained Dentures Price: From $8,000

    Fixed Full Mouth Implant Bridges

    Patients who have a full mouth of missing or failing teeth can completely replace either top or bottom arch, or both, with brand new teeth. With as few as four dental implants placed into the jaw bone, we can create a fixed bridge of teeth that look, feel, and function naturally. This means that the teeth are permanently attached to your jaw, which provides a natural, comfortable, stable, and strong bite. You’ll be able to live life without thinking about your prosthetic teeth aside from routine cleaning and dental appointments.

    A fixed full mouth implant bridge is ideal for those who want the closest thing to a natural smile. This dental implant option not only restores the function and aesthetics to the smile, but also promotes bone growth in the jaw. Since patients never have to remove the teeth, they are able to live a much more natural lifestyle. While the cost may be more than other options, patients can find the lifestyle benefits and longevity of the solution to be worthwhile.

    Fixed Full Mouth Implant Bridges Price: From $18,000 per arch

    The Perth Dental Implant Centre Difference

    When it comes to getting dental implants, you want to choose a dentist and practice that have experience, technology, and your best interests at heart. Perth Dental Implant Centre offers all of these benefits and more to every one of our patients. We have two dedicated dental implant facilities in Perth, Australia, and over 15 years of experience, additional training, and continuing education to offer patients successful dental implant surgery. Patients who choose implant-supported dentures benefit from 36 years’ experience of our resident Prosthetist, expertly designing high-qualityand well-fitting dentures. Patient safety is a leading priority for our practice, which is why we utilise advanced CBCT scanners to capture detailed images of the mouth and oral structure. Additionally, patients can choose to receive their implants with modern guided implant surgery that removes virtually all guesswork from the process and creates a safer and often faster procedure.

    Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today!

    If you are looking for more information on the cost of dental implants or would like to move forward with replacing your missing or failing teeth, we encourage you to schedule a consultation today! Call (08) 9495 7999 for Kelmscott or (08) 9470 3944 for East Vic Park or book your appointment online!

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    Perth Dental Implant Alternatives

    Dental Implant Alternatives

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    If you want to replace one tooth, several teeth or all of your teeth, dental implants can be the most reliable long-term solution to restore your smile. However, dental implant costs are not affordable for everyone, and the surgery and timeline involved can also be challenging for some people. That’s why your dentist will make sure you know about dental implant alternatives.

    To know more about your options and help you make an informed decision, read this quick guide to the pros and cons of dental bridges, traditional dentures and implant-supported dentures, what each treatment costs, and how they compare to dental implants.

    Dental bridge

    Cost: $3000 to $5000

    A dental bridge can be an alternative to an implant for replacing one tooth or several missing teeth. Rather than being implanted in the jaw, a bridge relies on the surrounding teeth for support, so the teeth on either side of the gap need to be healthy.
    Perth Dental Implant Centre Dental-Bridge-BeforePerth Dental Implant Centre Dental Bridge After

    Dental bridge costs are based on the type of bridge and materials chosen and other factors.

    Pros with Dental Bridges

  • Natural-looking replacement teeth
  • Prevents teeth from shifting into the gap
  • May be more affordable than a dental implant
  • No oral surgery
  • Cons with Dental Bridges

  • A bridge can fail if the supporting teeth experience decay
  • Risk of sensitivity or nerve damage after the supporting teeth are prepared for crowns
  • Doesn’t support the jaw bone like an implant
  • Will likely need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years
  • Types of bridges

    There are several options for a dental bridge:

  • Traditional bridge – supported by crowns fitted over the surrounding healthy teeth
  • Cantilever bridge – supported by a crown on one side only, often used in the back of the mouth
  • Resin-bonded bridge – supported by metal or porcelain wings that attach to the back of the surrounding teeth, often used for front teeth
  • Your replacement tooth and crowns may be made from tooth-coloured porcelain (ceramic) or acrylic for a natural appearance or porcelain fused to metal (PFM) if extra strength is needed. Metal bridges and crowns are a stronger option, but less popular for their artificial appearance.

    Treatment process

    If you choose a three-unit bridge supported by crowns, the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap will first need to be filed down in preparation. Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth that’s used to design your bridge and crowns.

    You’ll be fitted with a temporary bridge and crowns while your custom restorations are being manufactured. Once these are ready, they will be cemented into place. It takes a few days for crowns to bond fully with the teeth, so care must be taken when eating and brushing around the bridge.


    Cost: $1200 to $6000

    Removable dentures are usually the most affordable option for replacing teeth, but they can be less convenient than a fixed bridge and don’t support the jaw bone like an implant, which may lead to bone deterioration and premature ageing in the face.

    Perth Dental Implant Centre Upper and lower dentures

    Denture costs depend on how many teeth are being replaced, the quality of denture materials and the experience of the prosthetist (dental technician) designing your dentures.

    Pros with Dentures

  • Most affordable option for replacing teeth
  • Can replace as many teeth as needed
  • Natural-looking replacement teeth
  • No oral surgery, unless you need complex extractions
  • Cons with Dentures

  • Less strong and supportive than a dental implant
  • Full dentures rely on suction, so may dislodge
  • May cause pain, discomfort or difficulties with eating and speaking
  • May need to be replaced or relined every 2 to 5 years
  • Types of dentures

    The type of dentures you choose depends on how many teeth you want to replace:

  • Full dentures (or complete dentures) replace a full set of teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They attach to the roof of the mouth or the gum by suction.
  • Partial dentures replace one or several teeth. These are attached to surrounding healthy teeth by clasps.
  • Dentures may be made from acrylic or metal and are designed by our Prosthetist to look as close to natural teeth as possible.

    Dentures Treatment process

    If you need to have teeth extracted first, your dentist will recommend giving your gums time to heal before your dentures are made, otherwise frequent adjustments may be needed. You can be provided with immediate dentures to wear in the meantime.

    Once your gums have healed, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and design your custom dentures, which will be made by our resident Prosthetist. When your dentures are ready, your dentist will check that they fit correctly and give you advice about wearing and cleaning your dentures.

    Implant-supported dentures

    Cost: $8000 to $15,000

    Also called implant-retained dentures or clip-on dentures, implant-supported dentures are full dentures that are retained using dental implants surgically placed in the jaw. This offers more stability than traditional dentures that rely on suction to stay in place. They also help to support the jaw, reducing bone loss and jaw shrinking.

    The cost of implant-supported dentures depends on the type of dentures and number of implants required.

    Pros with Implant-supported Dentures

  • More stable and comfortable than removable dentures
  • Improved biting force allows for a wider range of foods
  • Don’t impair ability to taste like dentures attached to the palate
  • Help to reduce bone loss in the jaw
  • Cons with Implant-supported Dentures

  • Costs more than standard dentures
  • Longer treatment time with more appointments
  • Involves oral surgery and associated clinical risks
  • Types of implant-supported dentures

    PDIC Implant supported denture - ball-retained denture

    The two main options for implant-supported dentures are:

  • Ball-retained dentures – use locator attachments that clip onto each implant separately, improving stability and retention
  • Bar dentures – the denture clips onto a titanium bar that connects all implants in the mouth
  • Your dentist may offer more options if you only want to replace one or several teeth.

    Implant-Supported Denture Treatment process

    Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone to replace missing tooth roots. Your dentist will explain what’s involved in the dental implant procedure so you can decide if it’s the right treatment option for you.

    After the implants are placed, it takes several months for them to bond with the jaw bone and form a strong foundation for your dentures. Your dentist will then take an impression of your mouth and design your custom dentures.

    Find out more about teeth replacement in Perth

    If you want to replace missing teeth and to know more about your options, book a consultation with Dr David Norcross of Perth Dental Implant Centre. We can give you all the information you need about implants and alternatives so you can make an informed decision about your oral health.

    Perth Dental Implant Centre Dr David NorcrossDr David Norcross is a General Dentist who has dedicated the majority of his career to the ongoing education and placement of dental implants. David has completed a number of international implant surgery training courses, and has been fortunate enough to spend time learning from some of the most experienced implant surgeons in the UK, Australia and the US. Dr Norcross is a lecturer and mentor for MIS Implants and the Dental Implantology Academy (DIA). He delivers several dental implant training courses and live surgery demonstrations every year for new and emerging dentists, and places an average of 300 dental implants each year.

    To book a consultation at your dedicated dental implant clinic, call (08) 9470 3944 for East Victoria Park or (08) 9495 7999 for Kelmscott. You can also book online.


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  • Healthdirect. Dentures [Online] 2019 [Accessed September 2020] Available from:
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    How to Choose The Right Dentist for Implants

    How to Choose the Right Dentist for Dental Implants

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    When it comes to dental implant treatment, it’s important to find a professional who you can trust has your best interests at heart. Finding a dentist you feel comfortable with can make getting implants less intimidating.

    Whether you’ve moved to a new area, you’re unhappy with your current dentist or you need someone with reputable dental implant experience, here are 8 things to look for in a dentist and dental clinic.

    1. QIP accredited dentist

    A quick way to check the reputation of a dental practice is to see whether the clinic and its staff are QIP accredited.

    Perth Dental Implant Centre QIP Dental Practice AccreditedQIP (Quality Innovation Performance) works with the Australian Dental Association (ADA) to define national standards that dentists should meet, in line with National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

    Assessment for QIP accreditation is voluntary, but it shows that a practice is committed to patient safety and continuous quality improvement, so you’ll know that your dental implant treatment is in safe hands.

    2. Qualifications and experience

    Dr David Norcross Implant Dentistry Qualifications

    Placing dental implants is one of the more complex dental procedures, requiring a high level of expertise. Since standard dental degrees don’t cover dental implants, dentists who offer implant treatments must complete additional training in order to be qualified.

    Dental implants are not a registered specialty field in Australia, meaning anyone with any amount of experience can provide them. That’s why it’s important to check that your dentist has completed the additional training and has adequate experience providing successful implant surgeries, so you can feel confident that you’re in safe hands.

    It’s also worth noting that while many dentists describe themselves as implant dentists, the Australian Dental Association does not recognise this title as a specialty field. All implant dentists are general dentists, unless they hold a specialist registration.

    3. Infection control measures

    Infection control measuresThe coronavirus pandemic highlighted the importance of infection control measures in all healthcare facilities, but this should always be a priority in dental clinics, especially when oral surgery is being performed.

    As a patient, you need to feel confident that visiting the dentist for check-ups or treatments won’t put your health at risk. It’s the clinic’s responsibility to do everything they can to prevent the transmission of infections and diseases.

    All registered dentists in Australia are legally required to follow mandatory infection control guidelines set by the Dental Board of Australia.
    Unfortunately, many overseas dentists aren’t held to the same high standards, and Australians who head abroad for cheap dental implants are at higher risk of complications from surgery. That’s why the ADA and other health bodies strongly discourage dental tourism, which can work out more expensive and damaging if something goes wrong.

    (Want to learn more about dental tourism? Read our blog: Are Overseas Dental Implants Safe?)

    4. Latest technology

    Cone Beam CT Scans at Perth Dental Implant CentreDental equipment and technology are advancing all the time, and clinics that stay up-to-date with these developments can offer improved results, comfort and safety to their patients.

    If you’re having a more complex treatment such as dental implants, it’s worth checking whether your dentist uses 3D imaging systems and surgical guides that offer a more detailed impressions of the mouth to enable more precise treatment planning. You should also check the quality of dental implant systems and tooth materials used and whether these are backed up by clinical research.

    5. Personalised care

    How to known you've chosen the right dentist

    A good dentist shows genuine care for their patients’ oral health, comfort and safety. Their recommendations should be tailored to your specific needs and work within your budget, not trying to upsell treatments you can’t afford, with comprehensive aftercare helping to make sure you get the best results from your dental implant treatment.

    You should get an idea of your dentist’s personality and chairside manner during your consultation. If you have specific concerns such as dental anxiety, your dentist should be able to offer solutions such as inhalation sedation, sleep dentistry or treatment under general anaesthetic to help you get the care you need.

    6. Answers your questions

    Your dentist should give you all the information you need about what the dental implant procedure involves so you can decide whether it’s right for you.

    They should give you a clear and realistic idea of what to expect during and after the treatment, and be upfront about costs and any complications or side effects that may be involved. They should also be willing to answer questions about dental implant system options and how long tooth materials can last so you’ll be able to make fully informed decisions for yourself.

    7. Transparent pricing and assistance

    Dental implant costs and inclusions vary by the complexity of the treatment, the type of implants used, tooth materials used, additional treatments needed for a successful outcome (like bone grafting or gum lifts) and other factors, but you need to have a good idea of what a treatment will cost before you take the next step. Dental implant treatment is about being able to maintain your new teeth for life, this means replacements, repairs, relines and regular professional cleaning.

    Your dentist should be transparent about pricing and the quote you receive should include all associated costs (including maintenance costs) so you won’t have any surprises later.

    If you need some help financing your treatment, check whether the clinic is a preferred provider for your health fund and what costs can be claimed on private health insurance. You can also ask if they offer interest-free payment plans that can help to make upfront costs easier to manage.

    8. Location

    Finally, you should also check the locations that your dentist operates from, to make sure they’re convenient to visit, and see whether their website includes information about public transport and parking nearby.

    Dental implants in Perth

    If you’re missing one or more teeth and considering dental implants, Perth Dental Implant Centre operates out of three convenient locations in Perth: Kelmscott Dental in Kelmscott, EVP Dental in Victoria Park and Mount Lawley Dental Clinic.

    Dr David Norcross (BChD) has 15 years’ experience in advanced restorable, cosmetic and implant dentistry. Having completed an Advanced Restorative Course at the North of England Dental Academy, a course in Implant Dentistry accredited by the British Academy of Dental Implantology and a Master Clinician in Implant Dentistry Programme gaining certificates from the Global Institute for Dental Education (gIDE) and UCLA.

    Extensive training, skills and passion for implant dentistry, coupled with positive patient outcomes has earned Dr Norcross a favourable reputation as one of Perth’s best dentists placing implants. Read more about Dr Norcross here.

    To find out more about our dental implant treatments, or to book a consultation with Dr David Norcross, call our clinic in Kelmscott on (08) 9495 7999 or East Victoria Park on (08) 9470 3944. You can also book online and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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    Are Overseas Dental Implants Safe?

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    If you’re missing any teeth, or need to have damaged or unhealthy teeth removed, there are several options for filling the gap and restoring your smile. With their greater stability and longevity, dental implants can be the most effective long-term solution for replacing missing teeth, but they’re also the most expensive.

    If the cost of dental implants is outside of your price range, you might be considering going abroad to have the treatment cheaper. Flying to countries such as Thailand or Indonesia to have fillings, crowns and other treatments could save you money, but when it comes to more complex surgical procedures such as dental implants, you need to be aware of the risks involved.

    These images illustrate one of our patients who had dental implants completed in Bali in 2017. Since then, he has been hospitalised three times with infections. A number of factors combine to cause implants to fail. The main reasons can be poor planning, poorly executed surgery and poor design of teeth. In this case, the cheap materials used to make the teeth on the dental implants played a large part in implant failure. The teeth did not fit well, had gaps around them making them impossible to clean and there was cement left around the gums after they were fitted.

    What are the risks of overseas dental implants?

    The Australian Dental Association (ADA) and other health organisations discourage the practice of dental tourism, especially for surgical procedures where there are more chances for things to go seriously wrong. Overseas implant treatments can be risky due to:

  • Lower standard of care and implant quality
  • Lower hygiene standards
  • Higher risk of complications
  • No support if things go wrong
  • Read more about these risks below and talk to your dentist for their professional advice so you can make an informed decision about your dental treatments.

    Lower standard of care and implant quality

    In Australia, the dental industry is strictly regulated for the safety and wellbeing of patients. Dentists must register with the Dental Board of Australia and may apply for QIP accreditation for their clinic to reassure patients that they are in safe hands.

    Some overseas dentists will have the skills and experience necessary to provide safe implant treatments, but it can be hard to know whether you’re dealing with a suitably qualified practitioner if the industry is held to less stringent standards.

    Even a qualified dentist is only as good as their tools. Dental implant materials and other instruments used in Australia must meet relevant Australian Standards and can be approved by the Australian Dental Association (ADA). Overseas dental implants may be made from lower quality materials and be more prone to damage or failure. You may also not be able to find trusted brands such as MIS and Nobel Biocare.

    Read the ADA’s media release on dental tourism here

    Lower hygiene standards

    Hygiene practices may also be less strict at overseas dental clinics compared to Australia. The dental implant procedure involves oral surgery, which requires a high standard of infection control to keep dental instruments, materials and surroundings sterile to lower the risk of infections.

    Hygiene should be even more of a prioritising factor in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and you need to be confident that the dental clinic is taking all steps to protect you, so you won’t bring an infection home. The rise of antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ in Australia in recent years is thought to be partly due to Australians travelling abroad for health services in clinics that don’t follow the necessary infection control measures.

    Higher risk of complications

    The short-term nature of overseas dental visits is a poor match for implant treatments, which routinely involve a series of appointments over a number of months to give the mouth time to heal. Unfortunately, time is a luxury that most patients don’t have when taking trips abroad, and this often leads to the treatment timeline being accelerated, increasing the risk of implant failure and complications.

    Taking flights shortly after surgery is not advised, due to risk of developing a blood clot. This can mean having to compress your treatment timeline even further. If you need additional treatments, such as a bone graft or sinus lift before implants can be placed, these will likely require a separate trip, which all adds to your total treatment cost.

    All surgical procedures carry risks, but these can be minimised when your treatment is handled by a dentist who is highly experienced with placing implants and who prioritises your safety. Your dentist should give you a thorough oral health assessment before starting any implant treatment and they should have the expertise to detect problems such as gum disease that should be treated before other procedures can begin.

    No support if things go wrong

    If something does go wrong during or after your implant treatment overseas, you may not have any recourse to make a complaint or claim compensation as you would when visiting an Australian dentist. Your treatment abroad is unlikely to be covered by insurance, and travel agents make sure to absolve themselves of responsibility by not underwriting any specific clinics.

    If you need additional corrective treatments due to complications from your implant procedure, or even a replacement implant, you may be faced with the choice of returning to your overseas dentist or visiting your local dentist in Australia. Either way, the cost of corrective surgery works out more expensive in the long run than if you’d stayed at home initially.

    How to save money on dental implants

    Going abroad isn’t the only way to lower your dental implant cost. Your dentist will explain the cost breakdown during your implant consultation including an estimate of follow-up appointments and any ongoing cleaning and maintenance of your dental implants, so you know exactly what to expect when you get your invoice.

    Dental clinic staff can help you to check with your health fund how much of your treatment can be claimed on insurance. They may also offer payment plans to help you break down the implant cost into smaller payments, so you don’t have to pay a lump sum. Perth Dental Implant Centre offer flexible and interest-free payment plans with Zip, Openpay, GEM Visa and are also a SuperCare provider, allowing more Australians to access their super for dental care.

    If you’re not sure whether dental implants are for you, your dentist can also discuss dental implant alternatives such as a dental bridge or dentures. These alternative treatments typically cost less than full mouth dental implants

    Whether you prefer to have dental implants in Perth or overseas, it’s always a good idea to look into your dentist’s background and experience so you can get an idea of their expertise. You should also take the opportunity to ask questions about your treatment to check that the dentist and their clinic aren’t cutting corners and risking your health and safety.

    Talk to an experienced dentist about implants

    Dr David Norcross is a General Dentist who has dedicated the majority of his career to the ongoing education and placement of dental implants. He graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2006 and has been providing dental implant treatment since 2008. Learn more about Dr Norcross here.

    Dr David Norcross provides consultations and treatments at our three convenient locations in Perth. To find out more about our dental implant treatments or book a consultation, call your local clinic today or book online.

  • East Victoria Park: (08) 9470 3944
  • Kelmscott and Armadale: (08) 9495 7999
  • Mount Lawley: (08) 9227 8777
  • References

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