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Gold Coast Dental Implants: What should I know about them?

 In Dental Implants

Dental implants have become an increasingly popular option for replacing missing teeth, due to the fact that they offer a longer-lasting and more natural-looking alternative to getting dentures and bridges.

But since we know the decision to get dental implants can be significant and require thorough research before you get in the dentist’s chair, we decided to put together this handy guide to everything you might need to know about dental implants, so that you can make an informed decision about your oral health.


What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from biocompatible materials (typically titanium) that are placed surgically into the jawbone. Once the implant integrates with the bone, it provides a stable foundation for the replacement of missing teeth with either a crown, a bridge, or another kind of retentive structure for denture teeth.

Unlike dentures, dental implants do not slip or require adhesive, and help preserve the jawbone, prevent bone loss, and maintain your overall facial structure.

Are dental implants painful?

While getting a dental implant can sound like a painful experience, the good news is that most patients report less discomfort than they anticipated. The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia to be pain-free (depending on the complexity of the implant), and post-operative discomfort can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relief, typically subsiding within just a few days.


How much are dental implants?

Restoring the natural appearance of your smile is one thing, but we know that even so, one of the most crucial factors in deciding whether or not to get a dental implant is how expensive it is.

The overall price can be affected by everything from the types of materials used to higher operational costs, as well as any additional procedures that have to be completed. In the Gold Coast area, the average cost of a dental implant can typically range from between $3,000 to $6,000.

Additional procedures like bone grafting or sinus lifts can sometimes be necessary to make sure that there’s enough bone structure to support the implant, which will add to the overall cost.

But don’t worry about any unforeseen surprises when it comes to your total cost – during your consultation, we’ll provide a detailed breakdown of the total costs involved and discuss any available financing options to help you plan your treatment effectively.


How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are designed to be a permanent replacement for missing teeth, since the titanium post that acts as the tooth root is highly durable and resistant to decay.

However, like all dental procedures, long and short term complications could arise with dental implants. In general, implant crowns may require replacement around 10-15 years after placement due to daily wear and tear. Poor oral hygiene could also result in bacteria accumulation around the implant, which could result in the long-term failure of the implant.

This is why it’s important to always maintain good oral hygiene, like brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for routine check-ups, to ensure the longevity of your dental implants.


Are dental implants covered by health insurance?

Health insurance coverage can be what best helps you plan your overall procedure, but it can also be what makes or breaks many of your most important dental care decisions. Since coverage can vary significantly depending on different providers and specific plans, let’s break down a few of the most significant ones here:

Does Medibank cover dental implants?

Since Medicare primarily focuses on essential medical treatments, it does not typically cover dental implants, which are generally considered elective procedures and excluded from Medicare coverage.

However, in rare cases where dental health can severely impact your overall health, certain procedures might be partially covered. Since we’re a Medicare-preferred dentist, be sure to consult with our team if you need clarification on whether your procedure falls under any potential exceptions.


Make the right choice: come to MDC for your dental implants today!

In the end, if you’re considering dental implants, it’s most important to consult with a reputable dental practice like Maudsland Dental Care for a comprehensive assessment and personalised treatment plan. We’re committed to helping give you a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime, and to making your Gold Coast dental implant procedures as easy as possible.

To learn more about dental implants, schedule a consultation at Maudsland Dental Care today. Our friendly staff are here to answer your questions and guide you through the entire process, so book your appointment now and take the first step towards a confident, healthy smile.

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