Dental implants are the relatively newer and more advanced ‘kids on your dental block’. They look so uncannily like natural teeth that people won’t even suspect that you have false teeth. They are also as strong as healthy natural and allow you to chew almost any food. However, they have a high price tag and this is what makes people settle with lower technology options like bridges and dentures.
How much does it cost?
Dental implants are expensive everywhere and UK is no exception. A single implant can cost around £1,200 and a whole set can cost as much as £40,000. For most people, that’s a fortune they can hardly afford. The reason dental implants are so expensive is that surgery is complicated and performed only by specialist surgeons in the presence of a full surgical team. Another reason is that the materials themselves are expensive.
Check with NHS:
If you really want to have them fitted, the NHS may be able to help you. To receive dental implants NHS, you must be able to prove that they are the only way to protect your face or teeth. People who have oral cancer and other serious mouth diseases are usually eligible, as are victims of accidents who are severe mouth and face injuries depending upon the condition of their jawbone and gums.
Buy dental insurance:
Normally, insurance companies do not provide coverage for new dental implants because of the high cost associated with them. However, some dentists provide guarantee for implants and replacement for implants that do not integrate in your jawbone fully. Some insurance companies also provide insurance for already fitted implants. There may also be some companies that provide coverage for dental implants, but they the cost can be very high.
Check out dental finance:
Some dentists and finance companies provide interest-free finance for dental implants repayable on 12 monthly installments. This is like taking out a loan, but from the dentist’s financier rather than your bank. First the dentist determines the cost of your treatment, and then s/he arranges with the dental financier to make full payment for your treatment. You will then have to repay the loan in monthly installments.