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How much does it cost & how can I afford to pay for it? Unfortunately, there is no direct answer to this question. The cost of full arch restoration is undoubtedly expensive.

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How much does it cost & how can I afford to pay for it?

Unfortunately, there is no direct answer to this question.
The cost of full arch restoration is undoubtedly expensive.
In most countries, dental implant bridges are considered cosmetic and are minimally covered by regular dental health insurance, if at all. However, any coverage you will have may rebate things like x-rays and extractions, which are also capped to a maximum amount each year. 

If you’ve decided that dentures are not for you because:

  • You want to prevent bone loss
  • You’re young or young at heart
  • You have a strong gag reflex and can’t tolerate dentures
  • You suffer a loss of taste due to palate covering
  • You have trouble eating with dentures
  • You’re horrified at the thought of putting your teeth in a glass at night
  • Your teeth and poor dental health are making you ill

You will literally be putting your money where your mouth is.

Whether it’s a one-stop shop or a series of specialists that work together, there’s a wad of money that you will need to pay upfront before your procedure.

Everybody gets a piece of the pie.

The Key Players:

  • Prosthodontist or Restoring Dentist (Architect) – Planning, impressions, imaging, photos & design
  • Implant Surgeon (Builder) – Extractions and implant placement
  • Dental Technician (Interior Designer) – Makes the implant bridge(s)
  • Anaesthetist (Foreman) –  Site supervisor
  • Hospital or facility costs – Unavoidable
  • Radiology – CBCT scans/X-rays. Pre and post-procedure

Then there’s

  • Costs associated with bone grafts and/or sinus lifts
  • Bridge material costs – PMMA (acrylic), zirconia or nano-ceramic

For a comprehensive breakdown of costs and fees, discuss with your All at Once® provider.

Expect to pay $30,000 to $35,000 AUD per arch.

These fees are absorbed by:
  • Equipment
  • Initial and ongoing training
  • Technology
  • Components
  • Implants and bridges
  • Insurances
  • Wages 

At this point you may be thinking dental tourism is a great alternative…think again.

* We will cover the potential pitfalls of Dental Tourism next time. *

Financial considerations:

  • Early release of Superannuation funds from your or your spouse’s retirement or 401K fund. You may be able to do this on medical/compassionate grounds. Specific criteria apply
  • Home equity loan
  • Redraw facility on your mortgage
  • Savings
  • Sell unwanted items – cars, caravans, boats. (Get permission first) 
  • Side hustle or second income stream
  • Inheritance
  • Borrow from family
  • Payment plans. Check with your All at Once® provider for details
  • Loans such as medical loans. Beware of honeymoon periods and ongoing high-interest rates
  • Credit cards with interest-free periods and 0% balance transfer options
  • Fundraising such as Go Fund Me


With any of the above options, check with your financial adviser and accountant if you have one, and discuss it with your family to ensure you have selected the most suitable option for your situation.

The cost of any implant bridge treatment is an essential factor. 

However, make sure the discussions you have when considering providers addresses the dental treatments and not just the financing options. You want to be sure of what you are buying and the total cost of the treatment, including all fees and services. 

Disclaimer: The information provided on this platform, including text, graphics, and images, is intended for general informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional dental advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For specific dental concerns, it is crucial to consult with a qualified dental practitioner. They will be able to assess your individual circumstances, provide accurate diagnoses, and offer appropriate treatment options tailored to your specific needs

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