How much do dental implants cost?

It’s difficult to give a straight answer for this question as there are so many factors that could affect how much dental implants cost. How many teeth need replacing? What material will be used? What type of dental implant is required? Ultimately ​the price all comes down to your individual needs.

Of course there’s more that will influence the price, where you have the procedure done. Some private dentists will be cheaper than others. ​The average cost in the UK for ​dental implants​ can vary anywhere between​ £1200 to £4500. If you have them made abroad they will likely be cheaper. However you lose the benefits of having them made by a U.K. clinician.

This blog post will look at why the cost of dental implants vary, why dental implants abroad are cheaper, and how to choose the right U.K.

Why is there a difference in price?

Before looking at what affects the price of dental implants it’s worth mentioning that the cost will be split into two parts. The parts for the dental implant and the cost for the procedure itself.

Material

Dental implants need to be made of biocompatible materials. This is due to the fact that the implant is inserted directly into the jawbone. After a few months the implant unites with the bone and essentially becomes part of the bone. This process is known as osseointegration. That is why only the best grade of materials should be used, cheaper implants use a lower grade.

The most commonly used material is titanium and has been for years. It’s proven to not only be suitable for integration with living tissue but also a reliable material for dental implants. Usually lasting up to 20 / 30 years with the regular and correct after care.
The surgery also has an extremely high success rate. All of these combined is the reason as to why titanium is the most common material used for dental implants.

Why would there be other options?

Some people are put off by the colour of titanium and worried a greyish lining will be visible after the procedure is complete. The idea of metal being used is also a concern to some people, although there’s no reason for this worry.

For those who do not want a metal based implant there are options available. Zirconia dental implants are the most common alternative and are classed as a ceramic. Zirconia is a newer material being used for dental implants and as a result they are more expensive.

Planning stages and the actual surgery

The materials for the implants and the components are relatively low. The real costs occur during the planning stages and the actual surgery. The whole procedure is extremely complex and needs to be completed by an experienced surgeon as it takes a lot of skill to perfect. Lots of surgeons place dental implants but very few have the skills and accuracy required to restore a functional long term outcome.

The initial planning stages use specialist software to analyse the bone and tooth position. This will also determine whether the density of the bone is sufficient to support the implants. Once this has been completed the correct height and width can be implemented into the design. Surgical guides are then designed and printed to ensure the implants are placed in the correct position.

All of this planning is to ensure that when the implants are surgically placed they can be restored to deliver optimum function and aesthetics for the final result. The whole procedure can take from 3 to 15 months to complete from start to finish depending on the clinical situation .

The stages you can expect include;

  • Consultation
  • CT Scans
  • The surgery
  • Placement of the implant into your jaw
  • Healing and osseointegration. This is the fusion of the implant and the bone
    mentioned earlier.
  • Fitting of your new artificial teeth onto the implant
  • X-Rays
  • Any follow up appointments

Taking everything into consideration a fair price to expect in the U.K is £3250 for a back tooth and £3500 for a more challenging front tooth.

Why are they cheaper abroad?

Dental implants along with other dental treatment can be cheaper abroad compared to the UK. Its reported they can be fitted for ​50-70% less​.

In the UK all dentists have to work under strict compliance in line with GDC and CQC. This is one of the reasons dental implants are cheaper abroad. Without having to follow strict compliance with normal diagnostic planning, pre-op and after care appointments it’s easier to take shortcuts resulting in cheaper work. As a result safety measures might be missed and quality can not be ensured.

Does this mean that all dental centres abroad will offer a lower standard of care?

No, some clinics look great and can deliver a fair standard of care. There will be plenty of clinics abroad that have state of the art centres with fully trained dentists. The reason they will be able to offer dental implants at a cheaper price is due to the cost of living and the materials are not always the same grade as those used in the U.K. Take Spain for example, its reported that the average cost of living is ​18.2% cheaper​ than in the UK. If the price of living is cheaper dentists can ultimately offer treatment at a lower price.

Many countries abroad also have access to cheaper supplies. This means they can purchase the parts for dental implants at a fraction of the price. Again resulting in the ability to offer cheaper treatment. Its ​argued​ that even when you consider flight costs and accommodation to travel to a dentist overseas, it can still be a cheaper option.

If going abroad is a significantly cheaper option why shouldn’t you? There are risks involved which won’t occur from a UK dentistry.

What risks are there

Your consultation​ – In the UK a dentist who is not registered with the GDC cannot provide a consultation for dental implants by law. When going abroad this will not be the case and you could end up with a dentist who may not be qualified. Keep in mind that any dentist should talk through any health issues you might have including allergies. Any communication could easily get lost in translation which could be extremely dangerous if something important is missed.

Planning and Aftercare – Dental implants require a lot of detailed planning. Although the surgery is a common procedure which has a low risk of complications there is a chance some might arise. It’s completely possible for problems such as swelling and pain to arise after the surgery.

By that time you might be back in the UK and will have to see a private dentist back home. If the surgery was a success then you might get away with paying only for emergency appointment fees. If not, you will either have to travel back to the country where you had the surgery completed or face paying a private dentist in the UK to fix the problem.
Dentists in the UK are required to amend any problems that arise shortly after surgery with no additional costs.

Documentation of procedure – This is something that might go unthought of but is important. You will need to ensure that a dentist overseas can provide you with documentation of the procedure in English. This is in case you need any follow up work in the future in the UK. You can provide this documentation to your dentist so they can fully understand the work you had done.

So how do I choose the right clinician in the UK?

Choosing the right clinician is not an easy decision. With so many choices in the UK how do you choose a ​private dentist that is right for you? At the end of the day you won’t know until you have tried, however there are some things you should consider.

Seek out a clinic who offers implants – This seems extremely obvious but not all dentists in the UK will offer implants.

Ask them how many procedures they have completed – You are making an investment when getting dental implants. You will want them done by someone who is experienced and will do a great job. A confident dentist should not have any problems answering this question. If they refuse, that’s a red flag and you should reconsider using them.

What training they have obtained – Again you want to be confident in the dentist that will be undertaking the surgery.

Testimonials – ​Speak to other patients who have been treated by them to hear what they say about their experience. If you don’t know anyone personally check for reviews online.
Remember by choosing a dentist in the UK, you are guaranteed that they have undergone all the relevant training and are fully qualified to complete the surgery. Although dental implants can be expensive, you shouldn’t risk your health or investment for a cheaper option.

If you are adamant on having the surgery abroad ensure you fully research any dental surgery to make sure they are trustworthy. The clinics will put you in touch with people who have had success. Ask if they have had any problems and what they should do if any arise. It’s also a good idea to speak to your dentist in the UK so they can offer advice based on your dental history.

Find Out More

If you would like any further advice or want to explore your options please contact ​Revitalise Dental Centre.​ We offer a free consultation where we can discuss treatment stages for dental implants and answer any concerns or worries you have about the procedure.

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Martin Docking is the Founder of Revitalise Dental Centre. Widely recognised as a leading Clinical Dental Technician Martin has a passion for embracing new skills, techniques and materials to deliver the best products, service and patient care.

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