Dental Implants FAQs
- What do I do if my dental implants have gone wrong?
- How to get free dental implants
- How much does a dental implant cost on the NHS
- How much is a dental implant for one tooth?
- How much is a full mouth of dental implants?
- Why are dental implants so expensive?
- What makes up the cost of implants?
- I need dental implants but can’t afford it
- What are dental implants?
- How much do dental implants cost?
- How long do dental implants last?
- How long for dental implants to heal?
- Are dental implants dangerous?
What do I do if my dental implants have gone wrong?
How to get free dental implants
There is usually only one way to get free dental implants and that is through a dental training school, though not all training facilities offer such services for free – some will charge a fee.
If you want to get treatment through a dental school, you will need to contact your local institute and see if you qualify for treatment. While the treatment may be free, or for a nominal cost, there are other factors to take into consideration:
- Treatment and appointments may take longer
- You may only be able to access treatment during term-time and only in working hours
- Not all dental schools offer dental implants, so check that your local facility does offer this type of treatment.
It’s worth noting that undergraduate dental students do not provide implants. However some of the university dental hospitals do provide a very few implants to some select patient groups. The implants which are so provided will be placed either by qualified hospital staff, as part of research by qualified hospital staff or as part of postgrad training of qualified dentists.
How much does a dental implant cost on the NHS?
The NHS does not offer free dental implants to those who normally pay for their NHS dental treatment; you will only be entitled to implants from the NHS if there is a clinical need, and it is rare that they will be offered. If you do qualify for NHS dental implants, they fall into the band 3 category and are charged accordingly.
Usually, you can only get dental implants by paying for private dental treatment, and each practice will have its own pricing structure. The cost will depend on many factors, such as your dentist’s experience and location.
How much is a dental implant for one tooth?
How much a dental implant costs is dependent on a number of factors, but as a ballpark figure, you can usually expect to pay up to £2,500 per tooth.
How much is a full mouth of dental implants?
The cost of a full mouth of dental implants will vary; depending on your dentist, where you live and the type of implants that you choose. The cost for a full mouth of implants may reach tens of thousands of pounds.
Why are dental implants so expensive?
Dental implants can be expensive because of the cost of the materials used, the precision laboratories used and the advanced expertise required. If you need multiple implants, the cost can run into thousands of pounds and usually it is not possible to get them on the NHS, unless you are judged to have a genuine clinical need.
What makes up the cost of implants?
When you undertake implant surgery, you are paying for the dentist’s time and skill as well as the implants themselves. The cost of dental implants is made up of the following:
- The planning stages: these include preparation appointments with your dentist and X-rays
- The materials: dental implants are usually made of titanium as this metal does not react or corrode in the body, and it has a high biocompatibility and bonding ability with bone. While titanium is not a hugely expensive metal (unlike gold) it can be difficult to work with, which can push up the price
- Dental implant surgery: this is where the dentist or implant surgeon, with the help of a dental nurse, will place the implant itself. The cost of local anaesthetic and any other sedation will need to be taken into account too. Generally, if you wish to be sedated on top of the anaesthetic it may add to the overall cost
- Restoration of the implant with a crown or bridge: this is the part of the tooth that you can see in the mouth which sits on top of the dental implant
- The time of highly trained dental staff such as the dentist, implant surgeon, dental technician and dental nurses. There will also be follow-up appointments to take into account.
I need dental implants but can’t afford it
If you feel that you need dental implants but can’t afford the treatment, there may be ways to spread the cost; for example:
- Monthly payments – some private dentists will offer monthly payment plans for costly treatments
- Staged payments – it is common for some dental practices to stage the payments, so you pay for the treatment you have received after every appointment instead of in a lump sum at the end
- Rarely under the NHS – while it is possible to get dental implants on the NHS, this is only possible if there is judged to be a real clinical need
- Health insurance – if you have health insurance that includes dental treatment, you may be covered for dental implants. Check your policy for details and you may also need to take an excess fee into account
- Check with your workplace in case they offer a health or dental insurance scheme that can help you cover the cost of major dental work, such as dental implants.
Have you had dental implant treatment that has gone wrong due to the negligence of a dental professional? Contact the Dental Law Partnership to discuss your options.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth’s root. They are used to replace missing teeth and can be a viable alternative to tooth-supported bridges or dentures. Implants are placed directly into your jawbone and hold crowns and false teeth in place. If you practise good dental hygiene and the procedure was done correctly then dental implants should last you the rest of your life. Most dental implants are made of titanium and can support one or several teeth at the same time.
How much do dental implants cost?
How much dental implants cost can vary widely due to a number of reasons such as:
- The skill and expertise of your dentist
- The cost of your dentist’s time. This is dependent on where they are located and their experience. A Central London registered specialist dentist is likely to cost more than a general dentist in the North East.
- The materials used
- While prices can vary greatly from practice-to-practice the average ball park price of dental implants are:
- Single tooth up to £2,500
- Two implants £2,000-£5,000.
If you need more implants then the cost can spiral; it is also worth taking into consideration the costs of any work that may need to be done beforehand such as x-rays or scans.
How long do dental implants last?
With proper care and as long as the dental implant procedure has been done to a high standard, then they should last about 15-20 years plus; they have been known to last patients the rest of their lives. As with natural teeth, if the dental implants are not cared for by practising proper dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist then it is likely they will not last as long.
There is a higher chance that your implants will fail if you smoke or have a high consumption of alcohol. There are other conditions that can lead to dental implant failures such as facial trauma, underlying medical conditions or untreated gum disease.
How long for dental implants to heal?
How long it can take for a dental implant to heal will depend on a number of factors such as:
- How many implants have been installed
- The number of teeth affected
- The individual patient
- How you manage your recovery process.
If you only have a single implant and there is little to no post-operative discomfort or swelling then you should be able to live life as normal. However, you may be advised to stick to a soft diet for a certain period of time.
Undergoing implant surgery normally only involves local anaesthetic and it is quite normal to have some minor swelling, bruising and mild discomfort afterwards. As long as this is well managed and your mouth is kept clean, you should be able to return to a normal diet within a 1-6 week period.
Are dental implants dangerous?
All surgery poses some risks but generally, implants are considered safe. Problems and complications are rare, but they do happen. The risk of having dental implants include:
- Damage or injury to the surrounding area. This might include damage to other teeth and blood vessel
- Nerve damage: this can be caused by incorrect placement of the implant
- Sinus problems: this only normally happens when a dental implant is placed in the upper jaw and protrudes into the sinus cavity.
If you do have any problems or complications with your dental implants, contact your dentist immediately.