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 number of people who want them and are worried about how to afford them, is even higher.

Get Help Paying for Dental Implants

It’ll come as no surprise 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.

Compared to other cosmetic dental treatments, like dentures, 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.

Dental Implants Cost

Can I get free 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.

Can I get dental implants on the NHS?

Dental implants are usually only available at private dental clinics – but they are sometimes available on the NHS for patients who are unable to get dentures, or whose face and teeth have been damaged as a result of mouth cancer or major trauma.

If you qualify for dental implants with the NHS, all treatment will be provided in an NHS-led dental practice, and you may be subject to long waiting lists and less personalised treatment.

Use financing for affordable dental implants

You can spread the cost of implant dental treatment through loans, credit cards and payment plans, which are there to make things more affordable. Dental implant finance 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 0% finance for implants and pay-as-you-go options.

Here at Al-FaPerio, you could be able to borrow up to £25,000 (subject to status) for your dental implants and spread the cost over affordable monthly repayments.

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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%, or more, on these.

As always, it is important to understand exactly what you will get as most dental implant 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 dental 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.

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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 implants 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.

Pre & Post operative advice for dental implants

Know Your Alternatives

If you have multiple missing teeth, or just a single missing tooth, there are other options out there that could be perfect for you.

More traditional alternatives include dentures and bridges, which until recently have been the go-to 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.

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Here is the dental implant cost 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.

Other ways to fund your teeth implants

If none of the above appeals or is possible for you, don’t worry!

There are still a couple of ways you can pay for your dental implants

You could simply just dip into your rainy-day savings, or if you don’t need implants urgently, open a savings account and set aside money each month so you can pay outright when the time comes.

Another option some people choose is going abroad for treatment, but we don’t advise doing this.

Yes, it’s much cheaper, but it comes with risks (little to no patient protection, hidden follow-up costs and procedure mishaps) that we don’t think are worth it.

However, if you are considering going abroad for dental implants, make sure you speak to your dentist first – as they can offer you advice according to your dental history – and look into the dentist/clinic that will be performing your treatment so you can receive a better referral.

Ask yourself:

Do they have the necessary qualifications? Are they transparent about what the procedure involves? Are you satisfied with the facilities and standards of the clinic where you’ll receive treatment?

Can I get free dental implants on a low income?

You may be eligible for free dental implants under the NHS if you are on benefits and there is a clinical need. It’s important to note that you cannot get dental implants on the NHS for cosmetic purposes alone, regardless of income.

Are dental implants worth the investment?

In most cases, dental implants are a last resort where severe tooth loss has taken place. For these patients, there can often be a lack of self-esteem, confidence or even quality of life, and so the price of dental implants can seem a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things.

With that said, we do our best to ensure our prices are as reasonable as possible, so that as many people as possible can benefit from our life-changing treatment.

Do Al-Fa Perio offer finance options?

Yes! We are proud to say we have done all we can to make our services as accessible as possible. To do this, we have made our private fees some of the most competitive for the type of treatments we offer, as well as offering a range of 0% payment plans.

To find out more about our finance options, get in touch with our friendly team today.

Why choose Al-Fa Perio for dental implants?

Choosing a dentist to perform such a huge procedure is never easy, especially when it will impact how you look and feel. That’s why our highly qualified team always go above and beyond to offer a care-centred environment, where you can feel at home from the moment you step through the door.

We only use the most state-of-the-art equipment, and our specialists are dedicated to improving their skills and knowledge, ensuring that the treatment you receive at the other end is the best it can be.

Whether you’re an anxious patient, haven’t visited a dentist for years or simply feel overwhelmed at the idea of dental implants – our team can help. We understand how you feel and have the measures in place to calm your fears, answer your questions and provide you with the most thorough care available.


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.

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