Our thanks go out to Dr David Cashel who is an experienced cosmetic dentist based in Glasgow who also offers dental implants services. David explains in the following article why you have to be careful when comparing the cost of dental implants.
Normally a dental implant is made up of three different components :
The dental implant
the replacement tooth, crown, denture or bridge
If you’re being quoted for dental implants it is very important to make sure that each component is included in the price. Prices will vary depending on your location, the materials used and the dental implant system in question. There is plenty more information on dental implants here – ADI(Uk)
Many people are sucked into what they believe is a very competitive price, only to find out that the abutment or the replacement tooth or both have not been included in the original price. Dr Cashel also believes you should go for quality as your top marker. If the materials used are not made of titanium, particularly the implant, then you should think again. The thing to bear in mind about titanium is that it actually fuses with the bone to form a rock solid replacement tooth root. No other implant material can do this so while titanium is a fairly expensive option, the benefits it brings far outweigh the cost.
You should also make sure that the dentist who will be placing your implants has a strong track record of success in this area. Ask him or her to give you examples of previous cases and ask for testimonials from existing clients. Any good implant dentist will be more than happy to allow you to contact previous patients.
Finally, there’s been a lot of comment in the media about dental holidays. This is where people fly abroad for cheap dental work and have a holiday at the same time, the leaving that the total cost is around the same as they would have paid back in the UK. While there are many competent and experienced dental implants dentists throughout Europe, you need to know that if something goes wrong then it will be put right at no further expense to yourself. In the UK, the majority of dental implant dentists will offer a minimum five-year guarantee on their services. Indeed many now offer 10 year guarantees.
If you have your dental implants procedure performed abroad and something goes wrong then you’re faced with an difficult decision. Dr Cashel has seen many patients with botched implants who have had to go through restorative surgery in order to have working teeth again. So not only are they out of pocket for the original poor work, they then have to pay to have it done again.
As with almost anything in life, if you’re spending a lot of money then it is wise to do your own research. Dr Cashel has had many patients who have had over 20 years of trouble-free implants and at www.veneersglasgow.org there is are flexible finance package which allows you to spread the cost over several years.
How long do Dental Implants last?
We have asked Dr Paul Wilson of www.stokebishop-dentalcentre.co.uk about his experience with dental implants patients in Bristol and what the most common questions he is asked by his patients about the procedure?
The two main questions that dental patients asked me about whether dental implants are “What is the success rate?” and “How long will they last?”
Question – What is the success rate of dental implants?
In short the answer is that while every dental procedure comes with failure risk, luckily this happens very infrequently. Factors that contribute to the failure rate of implants depends on whether they are secure into natural bone or grafted, their location in the mouth and whether the person is a smoker. Statisically a smokers failure rate is 2.5 times more likely to have a dental failure than someone who doesn’t.
Question – “How long will a dental implant last for?
The answer to this question is even shorter – we honestly don’t know. What we do know that best way to extent the longevity of a dental implants to have to keep up scrupulous oral hygiene, and evaluate the dental implant both clinically and radio-graphically at your regular visit with your dentist.
An interesting article courtesy of Dr Balaji at www.thegallerydental.com who has many years of experience placing dental implants in patients from Bicester and Milton Keynes. The question is asked – “Dental implants are extremely expensive. How can you justify the cost ?”
The answer to this question is complex, but Balaji explains it as follows :
Dental implants are expensive, there is no getting away from that. The level of skill and training required to qualify to place dental implants is extremely rigorous and can take several years. Once qualified, the dental implantologist must spend a great deal of time with each potential patient, assessing whether the patient is suitable for implants, and the whole process from start to finish can take up to 6 months and involve up to 10 or even 12 visits to the dental practice. There is a substantial capital investment required in the equipment needed to provide a dental implants service, and the cost of the dental implants materials themselves is substantial as well.
On the plus side, apart from the many physical and psychological benefits that dental implants give to the patient, Balaji urges people to take a long term view of the costs involved. With many patients now enjoying troule free dental implants lasting over 20 years, he rationalises the cost by saying ” here in Bicester, dental implants procedures probably cost on average around £6000 . This sounds like a huge amount, but if you then divide that cost across the lifetime of the implants, you suddenly realise that your dental implants actually cost you less than £300 per year, which is around 80p per day – you can’t get a decent newspaper for that nowadays ”
Also, the cost of dental implants in Bicester for his patients can be spread over several years to ease the financial burden, so if you are considering getting dental implants, and you’re in the Bicester area, why not give Balaji a call at thegallerydental.com – there’s a warm welcome waiting for you from all the team there.