If you’re considering dental implants one of your main concerns is likely the cost. Dental implants aren’t cheap, but they can be affordable. The average cost of a dental implant in the UK is £2,000, but there are ways to find them for less. Read on for more about how to shop for dental implants, why buying a dental plan might be right for you, considerations if you’re thinking of going abroad, and alternatives you may want to consider. Let’s start with a quick look at why to choosedental implants in the first place and how they can be more cost effective than the alternatives.
There are numerous benefits of dental implants over other tooth replacement options. The main benefit of dental implants is they look and feel like your natural teeth. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or your entire set of teeth. Implants are made of titanium alloy and are inserted into the jawbone, bonding to the bone. A carefully crafted crown is then attached to the implant. The crown will be matched exactly to the tooth being replaced, so no one will ever know it’s not your natural tooth.
Dental implants are the longest-lasting and most natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. While they may seem expensive at first, they can be more cost effective in the long run. Dentures and bridges cost less initially,but have to be replaced every five to eight years, so expenses add up over time. Crowns last an average of 15 years, but the dental implant itself can last the rest of your life. Studies show that dental implants can be as cost-effective as the alternatives, but more importantly that they lead to a better quality of life.
Prices can vary widely among dental practices, even ones located in the same area, so it’s important to do your research. When you get quotes, make sure to find out exactly what is included. While a dentist might seem to be charging a low rate, there may be additional expenses they aren’t including in their quote. To make an accurate comparison make sure you understand if the quote includes the cost of:
- x-rays and scans
- implant, abutment and crown
- follow-up treatment
If you find the dentists in your area are too high, consider getting the procedure done in a nearby city or town where costs might be lower. Usually costs are highest in large cities and more reasonable in smaller cities or towns.
In addition to cost, there are a number of other things to take into consideration when choosing a dentist for implants.The most important is that you feel comfortable with your dentist. Your consultation is your opportunity to see how you get along with them. Did they answer all your questions? Did they make you feel at ease? Does the clinic seem clean and well maintained? Is the reception staff friendly and helpful?
Go online and find reviews from other patients. Patient reviews are one of the best ways to find out about a dental practice. There are numerous places to find online reviews including Google reviews and FreeIndex.
Travelling abroad for dental implants
Many patients look for cheap dental implant treatment abroad. Although the initial treatment may seem more cost effective, many people forget to add up the additional costs that come with travelling overseas, such as:
- transfer costs
- travel insurance
The total cost of going abroad for dental implant treatment can actually be considerably higher than treatment here in the UK. This is not simply the additional costs of the initial procedure abroad, but the aftercare and potential follow-up treatment.Many patients seek aftercare advice, as well as follow-ups and check-ups after dental implants. If you have had your procedure abroad, communication can be difficult and arranging a follow-up or check-up can also be time-consuming and costly.
Consider an All-on-Four implant for replacing a full set of teeth
If you need to replace all of your teeth, a more affordable option is called anAll-on-Four.The All-on-Four procedure is a complete restoration of the upper and or lower arch using dental implants fitted to a dental bridge. As with other implants, the All-on-Fourlooks and feels like natural teeth, but the procedure can be done in a day and at a fraction of the cost. Read more about All-on-Four implants.
Don’t skimp on cost to give up on quality
In trying to cut costs, don’t give up quality. Dental implants are a long-term investment in your dental health. Don’t just choose implants just because they are the cheapest; often they made from poorquality materials.Ask you dentist about the materials they are using and if they offer choices in implants make sure you understand any differences in quality. Also, don’t use a dentist who isn’t trained in implantology. All dentists performing implant surgery should be registered as a prosthodontics specialist. This means they have all undergone the special training required to be able to do implant surgery.
Get affordable dental implants at the Brighton Implant Clinic
Now that you know a bit more about finding affordable dental implants we hope you’ll book in a FREE CONSULTATION with us at the Brighton Implant Clinic. We have four convenient locations to choose from and offer implants from only £995. We use only the highest quality materials and all our dentists have extensive training in implantology and many years of experience in performing dental implant surgery. Book an appointment today.