A $100 dental implant cost about $3,400 in Australia, and the cost varies depending on the type of dental implant you get.
But how much you can save depends on where you live.
Read more: A $10 dental implant is cheaper in Sydney, Perth and Canberra.
Here are some tips to make your dental procedure go smoothly.
If you need a dental implant for an operation where your doctor doesn’t think you can be an anaesthetised patient, call Gold Coast General Dentistry on 1800 727 639 to see if you’re eligible for the surgery.
If you need dental implants for a serious dental condition such as a toothache or gum disease, contact a dentist at a local hospital.
Read more about dentists.
If your dentist isn’t able to perform an operation at your expense, you can apply to the Queensland Health and Disability Support Scheme (QHDSS) for a discount.
You’ll need to pay for your appointment.
The QHDSS provides dental services to low-income people, people with mental health issues and people with disabilities.
You may be eligible if:Your GP says you need an operation for a minor dental condition, or your GP says there’s a risk of your teeth getting infected or brokenIf you don’t need an urgent surgery, your GP can arrange to have an operation scheduled for the following day.
If your dental appointment isn’t scheduled for your emergency date, call QHDS on 1800 851 773 for advice on when your appointment can be scheduled.QHDS also has dental consultations.
If there are no appointments available, you may still be able to get a discount on a dentifrice or a toothbrush.
If there’s no appointment for you, call a GP in your area to see how much the dentifricians can charge you.
You can use the discount if you have a low income and you’re able to afford the cost of a dental procedure.
A low-cost dental procedureIf you can’t afford an urgent dental procedure, or you’re under the age of 60, your dentist may have a discount or may be able, for a low cost, to refer you to a dental specialist.
Read about how much a dental appointment costs in Queensland.
If the dentist you’re referred to doesn’t charge you, you’ll have to pay your dentist for the procedure.
Your dentist may ask you to pay an additional fee for your procedure.
If the fee is more than the cost to pay, you might be able use the dental discount to cover the cost.
If no fee is applied, you could pay $5,000 to $10,000 for a dental surgery, depending on how much time you spend in hospital.
You won’t be able get a refund if you miss the procedure, so be careful about how you spend your dental money.
You could get a dental refund if the dentist didn’t tell you about the discount or if you paid the full cost of the procedure and had to wait until the following week to get the dentures.
If a denture cost more than you paid for it, you won’t get a full refund, but you could still be eligible for a full discount.
A lower-cost procedureIf your dentist is only able to provide a lower-price dental procedure for a certain period of time, you’re still eligible to get one.
Your procedure may be for less than a month, but there may be a period of six months or longer before your procedure is reimbursed.
You might also be eligible to be reimbursed if the dentist didn’t provide you with the dental implants or didn’t charge for them.
Read a guide on how to get reimbursed for a lower dental procedureYou can also be reimbursed if the dental implant isn’t covered by your health insurance.
If an operation isn’t eligible for dental discountIf your surgeon is only a general practitioner and your dental implant won’t work, you will be eligible only if your procedure wasn’t covered or didn-t provide a dentures, or the dental treatment didn’t meet the criteria for a referral.
You should check the condition of your implant before getting your procedure and discuss your options with your GP.
If it’s not covered, your treatment might not be reimbursesable, so ask your GP about other options.
If surgery is eligibleYou can still receive a dentys dentifrices or a dental brush if your surgery wasn’t eligible to receive dental discount.
Your GP may refer you for other dental treatment if you need it.
If a referral isn’t made, your dental treatment might be reimburred.
Read our full guide on what to expect after a dental operation.
If dental discount isn’t reimbursedIf you’re in financial difficulty and need dental treatment, contact the Queensland Government for a list of dental specialists who can help.QLD Government offers dental discount vouchers for some people.
If this is your case, your dentists can