Why are dental implants so expensive?

Dental implants are the superior option when replacing missing teeth, and they don’t come with any further costs like bridges and dentures do. They have a lifespan of up to 15 years and require no special care, just your usual brush and clean, and they don’t cause damage to any adjacent natural teeth. Taking all costs into account and spreading them out over the rest of your lifetime, it’s likely that dental implants are the most cost-effective option. 

The usual cost of a dental implant is anywhere between £700 to £2,900 in the UK. Implants often cost more at the rear of the mouth. If a patient needs more than one tooth, the cost per tooth should reduce since some of the costs included in the price of the implants include (x rays and scans) which can all be done at once. 

The smaller the implant the cheaper it is at usually 60-70% difference from conventional implants, since the materials to build the tooth cost less and the procedure is relatively straightforward. 

Each individual specific need will determine the overall cost of the implants, since there are so many variables to consider. 

  • What is the condition of your gums and existing teeth?
  • How is your general oral health?
  • What is the current state of your jaw bone?
  • Do you need surgery for a sinus lift or bone graft?
  • How many teeth are being replaced?
  • Do you need an implant on your upper or lower jaw, and at the front or back?

Your dentist could give you an estimated price of dental implants without an appointment, but wouldn’t be able to provide the final price without a full examination of your teeth, gums and jawbone. Your quotation should include the price of the materials and everything needed for the full procedure such as;

  • Consultations
  • Dental impressions
  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • Every part of the implant (root, abutment, crown/bridge/denture)
  • All surgical procedures

In certain cases, dental implants that need preparatory surgeries such as a bone graft or a sinus lift, increases the cost of work by £200 to £2000. This is usually the case when you have suffered bone loss. 

If you need a tooth replacement it’s important to discuss all your options with your dentist first. You may find that dental implants are more affordable than you think. They are the most cost effective and permanent solution.

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