Why do dental implants cost so much? If you have a missing tooth or teeth, you have likely considered your replacement options .
Patients with missing teeth are typically provided with the following solutions:
Dentures are often the most affordable treatment option, but the least comfortable, and the least life-like. The palate (roof-of-the-mouth) is usually covered with acrylic, and the ability to chew and taste food can be reduced. Following the removal/loss of teeth, the jaw-bone begins to resorb away. In later years, once the bone has been lost, the floor of the mouth can become flat, making it very difficult to hold a denture in place. Dentures quite often need to be secured with fixatives, and patients find them difficult to tolerate. Dentures should be removed at night to maximise oral health.
- Dental Bridge
A dental bridge essentially bridges a gap in your mouth. It involves replacing a missing tooth with a false tooth, which is bonded to natural teeth on either side of the gap. Unlike dentures, a dental bridge is fixed in your mouth. It is a more expensive option, and is only suitable for people with strong neighbouring teeth. Patients should also be mindful that bridges can be destructive to the surrounding teeth. The average lifespan of this type of treatment is 7-15 years.
- Dental Implant
A dental implant is a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. Your implant dentist places them gently into your jaw bone, where they provide an artificial replacement for your missing teeth. They can support crowns or dentures, in a similar way that roots support natural teeth. Implants are the gold-standard option for missing-tooth replacement. With the correct care and maintenance, an implant can last a life-time.
Depending on your circumstances and the dental practice you select, a single dental implant can range in cost from £2000-£4000.
So what exactly are you paying for when you get a dental implant?
First, there is the implant itself. Like hip or knee replacements, dental implants are made of titanium. A titanium post is placed in your jaw-bone, and designed to simulate the form and function of your tooth’s natural roots. Titanium is as strong as steel, and exceptionally lighter in weight, making it an ideal implant material.
Secondly, there is your implant crown, which sits on top of the post, and resembles a natural tooth. Implant crowns are custom-made by a specialised dental technician, who designs the shape, colour and fit of your implant crown (following the instructions of your implant dentist) to blend seamlessly with your smile. It takes time and skill to create high-quality, bespoke dental work, and to create the life-like appearances achieved with dental implants.
Another cost of dental implants that people quite often overlook, is the training, knowledge and experience required to place them. Dental implant placement is an intricate surgical procedure that requires absolute precision when placing the implant around major nerves, ensuring it integrates correctly with the jaw-bone. Additional procedures may be required, including tooth extraction and bone grafts. A dental implant which is placed incorrectly is likely to fail. It is important that you choose the correct implant dentist, and take the time to speak to them about their success rates.
Benefits of dental implants:
- Can replace a single missing tooth, or your whole smile. Multiple teeth can be replaced using just a few dental implants – so it is not necessary to pay for an implant to replace every missing tooth.
- Dental implants are a close replica of your natural teeth, allowing you to smile, eat and speak with confidence and maximum comfort.
- Implant surgery is a quick and painless procedure. Some soreness can be expected in the days following treatment, but this can be solved with over-the-counter pain relief.
- If placed by the right implant dentist, and with the correct care and maintenance, implants have a success rate of around 95%.
- Dental implants can last a life-time. Although alternative replacement options are more affordable in the short-term, they often require maintenance and replacement multiple times throughout your life-time. Dental implants are the most cost-effective, long-term solution.
If you are considering dental implants to restore your smile, we offer complimentary implant consultations with Dr Adam Glassford. Adam is a highly-experienced dental surgeon, who holds the Advanced Implant Diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Adam has a national reputation in restorative and implant dentistry, and dentists from all over the UK refer their advanced and complex cases to him. He has been providing dental implants for 13 years, and has placed over 3500. He is also a mentor for training dentists in implantology.
Dental implants at Hewett’s Dental start from £2000, with a range of options to spread the cost into small, monthly repayments.
To book your complimentary consultation, call us on 01484 714717 or email [email protected]