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How Much Are Dental Implants? 

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Dental implants are widely regarded as the best long term solution for replacing missing teeth. 

But like anything in life, when it comes down to deciding whether dental implants are the right treatment for you, the cost is always going to be an important consideration. Which is why people commonly ask us “how much are dental implants?”

Everyone is unique, and so is their smile, oral health and need for dental implants, so it’s hard to put an exact price on the cost of implant treatment

The cost for treatment varies, depending upon many factors such as the number of implants, the complexity of the procedure and overall treatment time. The price varies from clinic to clinic and patient to patient.

The Average Cost of Dental Implants

A dental survey back in 2016 found that the average fee for a single tooth implant was £2,415. But there were huge variances in the prices depending on the surgery location. Property in Central London costs a fortune to rent, so someone has to pay for this.

At the upper end, the price tag for a single tooth implant was £3,737 – 54% more expensive than the national average. 

Here at Smile Stories, we do our best to keep prices affordable for everyone, whilst still providing the highest quality treatment and service. 

That’s why our dental implant prices start from as little as £2,370.00 for a single dental implant. 

How Much Will Dental Implants Me? 

The best way to find out how much dental implant treatment is for your unique and individual case is to have a consultation with an implantologist

Why not book in for a FREE consultation with the expert implant dentist here at Smile Stories. We will be able to provide you with a treatment plan tailored specifically to you, which will include all the expected costs.

Whilst we can’t give you a definitive price of implants without a thorough consultation, we can give you an overview of the factors affecting the fees, what’s included in the price and answer some of the questions we frequently get asked about the cost of implant treatment here in the UK. Find out what your first steps to smile confidence are.

Why Do Dental Implants Cost So Much?

Dental implants involve a surgical procedure, which uses cutting edge technologies and products. The dentists have undergone extensive training to become competent and skilled professionals who can offer successful, long-lasting treatment. 

You could compare dental implants to having a knee or hip replacement done privately. Both require skilled professionals to carry out complex procedures that will improve your quality of life for years to come.

Factors Affecting How Much Dental Implant Treatment Costs

Investing in dental implants isn’t like going to buy a pint of milk from Tesco. There is no set pricing because there are so many factors to be taken into consideration. 

The prices are driven by the number of implants required, the complexity of treatment as well as the manufacturers and associated lab costs. The location of the dental surgery and the level of experience of the dentist can also be a factor in the cost of dental implant treatment. 

Surgical Procedure

Dental implant treatment requires a surgical procedure, state of the art equipment and materials. This is one of the reasons why implants cost more than the traditional alternatives to missing teeth such as dentures and bridges. 

Patient Dental Implant Needs

The number of teeth that you need replacing has a huge effect on the price of having dental implants fitted. 

There are three components of the dental implant – the part that is implanted and acts like a tooth root, the abutment, and the crown, bridge or denture.

The more implants that need to be fitted, the more expensive treatment will be. 

However, the price increase isn’t linear. If you need four teeth in a row replaced, the cost won’t be four times the price of one implant. This is because when replacing a short row of teeth only 2 implants, 2 abutments and a bridge would be required – you wouldn’t need 4 of each item. 

Likewise, if you needed a full arch of teeth, all the teeth-replacing on the top or bottom jaw, you may be suitable for all-on-4 implants. These consists of a full row of teeth supported on just 4 implants, 4 abutments and a full arch of teeth, as opposed to 10-14 individual implants.

The Location

The dentist fees, as well as the surgery overheads, can affect the prices. For example, the location and thus the cost of rent for the surgery can cause dental implants to cost less in Bournemouth when compared to London.

Other Costs you might need to consider

Dental implants require good foundations for the highest chances of survival so if you have any underlying oral health issues these will need to be treated first. 

For example, if you have gum disease, receding gums or not enough good quality jaw bone you might need to factor in treatment for the peridontitis or have a bone or soft tissue graft.  

What’s Included in the Cost of Invisalign Treatment?

At Smile Stories we know it’s a big commitment to pay for dental implants. The cost of dental implants can seem a little steep at first. So, let’s take a look at what your money goes towards and help you understand the costs involved. 

Consultations and examinations. 

The key to successful dental implant surgery is careful and meticulous planning.  Before you have surgery you will have a consultation with the implantologist, who will use the latest technology to take 3D scans and x-rays of your jaw. 

The implantologists here at Smile Stories then work behind the scenes to create a unique and detailed treatment plan.

You then come back for another consultation where we explain in detail what we are going to do. 

Implant Surgery – Implant insertion. 

On the day of surgery, you will be prepped for the procedure, an anaesthetic will be used to numb the area and then a small hole will be drilled into the jawbone, and the implant will be inserted. 

This will be repeated until all the implants have been fitted.

Depending on the type of implants you’re having a temporary cap or healing teeth may be fitted.  

The surgical procedure could take 1-4 hours depending on your particular treatment plan. 

The dental implant cost covers the surgery and dentists’ time, as well as the cost of implants, temporary teeth or caps, and the equipment and materials used during the procedure.

Abutment placement. 

When your gums have healed and ossification (when the implant and the bone fuse together) has occurred sufficiently you will return to the surgery. 

An abutment is then screwed onto the implant and your crown, bridge or dentures will be fitted.

Permanent Teeth Fitting

If you had a temporary crown or healing teeth fitted they will be removed and replaced with permanent teeth. 

If you have a single front tooth replaced it will be matched perfectly to its neighbour. 

The implantologists fit teeth that are indistinguishable from your other teeth. They look like real teeth, and nobody you meet will be able to tell the difference.

The colour, the shape, the length, the texture, the shine, the gum line and the spacing between the teeth have to be spot on.

The overall price you pay covers the lab costs associated with making artificial teeth, and the specialist skill of making the teeth match your remaining teeth.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Costs of Dental Implants Covered on the NHS?

Usually, dental implants have to be privately funded. They are only available on the NHS in very rare cases. For example, you have lost your teeth due to mouth cancer or a serious accident. 

Are Financing Options Available?

Whilst implants aren’t routinely available on the NHS, the good news is that most dentists allow you to spread the cost of treatment over 12-24 months with 0% financing options

Is there a cheaper option?

You might see dental implants advertised overseas that are a lot cheaper than here in England.  

But before you’re lured across the water on an implant holiday is there a reason why the treatment is cheaper?

Dental practices offering cheaper treatment abroad may not be regulated in the same way as those here in the UK. Here in the UK, the Care Quality Commission monitor, inspect and regulate how we operate. 

Every dentist has to be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) and keep their knowledge and skills up to date. Are dentists overseas registered and is their training up to date? 

There is also the cost of flights, food, accommodation, the cost of getting to the airport and loss of earnings whilst you’re away to take into consideration.

You may also receive lower-quality products and care. 

If there are any complications with the procedure or it makes your oral health worse you may need to take repeat return trips. If the work carried out is so bad you may wish to then seek treatment with a local dentist, but it can be difficult for dentists here in the UK to correct the work of an overseas dentist. 

Also, bear in mind that implants require regular check-ups post-surgery, so the cost of returning overseas every 6 months may become an expensive option in the long run. 

Interested In Getting Dental Implants Fitted by a World-Class Implantologist? 

As we said above, it’s impossible to tell you how much dental implants will cost in your unique case without looking at your mouth.

If you are interested in getting the Dental Implants Fitted by the Best Dental Implant Dentists in Bournemouth.

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