How to Afford Dental Implants

Dental implants are known to be the most durable and natural-looking solution for people looking to replace missing teeth. 130,000 implant procedures are carried out in the UK every year; the people who want them and are worried about how to afford them, is even higher.

Get Help Paying for Dental Implants

It is not news to hear that dental implants can be expensive. One implant can cost anywhere from £2,000 to £4,000 in the UK and cheap implants are not so easy to locate. However, tooth implants have a 98 per cent success rate; with the right attention and proper care, they can last throughout your life. Implants are more cost-effective in the long run in comparison to getting other treatments like dentures.

And whilst cost should not get in the way of your choice, we do understand that it is an important factor in your decision making. On the brighter side, there are now numerous ways for people living in the UK to purchase affordable implants. The information below explains how to afford them.

Will the NHS Pay for Dental Implants?

The biggest question for most is whether the NHS covers the costs of dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. However, the answer to this may not be quite what you want to hear.

The idea that the NHS provides cheap teeth implants is false. The NHS only offers free dental care to women that are pregnant, just had a baby, people on benefits and children aged 18 and under.

Although the NHS rarely covers the costs of dental implants for cosmetic reasons, there may be a possibility if there is a serious medical demand for one. However, usually in this instance you might be offered a crown or dentures instead.

Use Financing

You can spread the cost of implant dental treatment through loans, credit cards and payment plans, which are there to make things more affordable. Financing helps you pay for your procedure over time rather than in one go, which can be quite daunting.

Whilst this does not make things cheaper, it does help you manage the cost a bit better. Especially with many dental practices offering zero per cent finance for implants and Pay as You Go.

Dental Plans

If you have health insurance, make sure to check if you are able to claim back a percentage of your dental implant procedure. It is important to note, cheaper plans often only stretch to cover particular treatments and not cosmetic treatments. There are some more expensive policies that allows for implants – even if the full cost of them is not covered. You can still save up to 50 per cent on these, or more.

As always, it is important to understand exactly what you will get as most plans will not cover implants for cosmetic reasons and there will be waiting periods before you can undergo your treatment.

Search the Market for Affordable Implants

It is common to compare quotes from different dentist surgeries. Just like any big purchase, this is something you need to shop around for before you make the jump. Bear in mind that a dentist will only be able to give you a truly accurate costing estimate by inviting you in for an appointment. It is usual practice then for the dentist to go through a treatment plan with you and discuss how you can break up the costs.

The surgery, clinic or practice will have rough estimated costs on their website. Ensure that when comparing costs, you look through to check what each service includes, otherwise you might end up spending a lot more without realising.

Check for Things Like:

  • Anaesthesia
  • Medication
  • Aftercare
  • Follow-up appointments
  • X-rays & scans

Consider All-on-4?

For those who have lost all their teeth, or only have a few remaining, considering All-on-4 rather than a full mouth of dentures could be beneficial, as you only need four titanium screws to fix in the implants. A full mouth of implants can cost up to £21,000 per jaw, whereas All-on-4 would cost you up to £14,000.

Know Your Alternatives

If you have multiple missing teeth, or just a single missing tooth, there are other options out there for you. Older, less modern alternatives include dentures and bridges, which until recently have been the traditional way of replacing missing or extracted teeth. These treatments are reliable as a quick-fix for the patient, but they are not always stable and can affect your speech as well as restrict you from being able to eat certain foods.

Do Not Be Afraid to Travel Further Afield

In London, dental implants can be much more expensive than going elsewhere. For example, just 30 minutes out of the city you will find much better rates in areas like Essex, in clinics such as Al-FaPerio.

Here is the average cost of dental implants across the UK:

  • Leicester: £1,655
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne: £2,085
  • Brighton: £2,118
  • London: £2,608
  • Cheltenham: £2,953
  • Liverpool: £3,063
  • Reading: £3,646

Check for Deals

Many practices and websites in competition with one another can offer deals and discounts on implants – these only run during certain times and periods, just like sales in the shops. Getting the best deal involves a little bit of patience as you spot and wait for the right deal to come around. If you are in desperate need of implants a little bit of shopping around is bound to show up some results.

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We offer all our dental implant consultations and treatments at our London clinic. You can call us on 020 8506 0701 or fill out the form here for more information on all our treatments.