Once you decide dental implants are an appropriate treatment for you, your next question will be “How much will this cost me?” Given that dental implants are not available on the NHS, it will seem like a sizeable investment!
There is a lot of misleading information about cost on the web. Any internet search will bring up headlines like“Dental Implants for £395!” But be very wary and careful of these. Some dentists will highlight the cost for placing an implant, but then will charge extra for the crown, abutment and other aspects of treatment. You may also need extra procedures like bone grafting, or soft tissue augmentation which will also carry extra charges.
This type of hidden charging is a bugbear and we at Rodney Street Dental are committed to being open and honest about our costs, discussing them with you in a professional manner, following it up in writing and then sticking to what they have agreed with you.
Why do implants seem more expensive than other alternatives?
This is probably one of the most common questions people have and one I always face on a day to day basis. The cheapest thing is certainly to “do nothing”, but you will see that there can be severe implications to doing that.
Dental implants are expensive to produce and a lot of clinical research goes into the top implant systems. We judge the quality of an implant by the amount of clinical evidence we have proving that they work and they last. It takes highly skilled technicians to make a ceramic tooth that can be mounted onto the abutment to make a genuine-looking tooth which is a permanent replacement.
Although the overall cost of an implant is initially more, it works out cheaper in the longer term (i.e. after 7 years on average) vs a bridge (where adjacent healthy teeth are cut down so a prosthetic metal or ceramic construction can be inserted across the gap). Bridges also need ongoing adjustment and replacement, as the teeth they are mounted on wear and decay. Finally, a bridge does not preserve the bone in the same way that implants do.
If you would like to book a consultation to discuss dental implants (or anything else) then contact the practice on 0161 707 1811 or complete the online contact form. Alternatively we currently have a special offer on dental implants – CLICK HERE to view it now!