Not everyone is blessed with perfect teeth. Age, accidents, and dental diseases further affect your teeth. And these can stop you from flashing a beautiful and confident smile.
But dental technology, today, has advanced. Enough to fix anything and everything that comes in between you are your perfect smile. Tooth implants or dental implants is one such procedure. In fact, dental implants have become a patient and dentist’s favourite.
Why? Well, they offer predictable results with a 98% success rate. You can find more details about what, why, and when the procedure should be used, and other details right here.
Wondering how much would a single tooth implant cost? This comprehensive guide will answer all your questions about the cost of the procedure and other FAQs.
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The head of your teeth is connected to your jaw with a root. When your tooth (or teeth) fall off or have to be removed because of an accident/disease, you might want to use a dental implant(crown, bridge, or denture).
A metal post replaces the root part of your teeth and connects the prosthesis to your jaw. This is called a dental or tooth implant. Titanium is the material used in the metal post, which ensures that the body doesn’t reject it as a foreign material.
The cost of a tooth implant, much like any other dental procedure varies depending on your location and the practice you choose.
Now, given that dental implant surgery is a long procedure (spanning 4-5 months), it is obvious that it will have a heavy impact on your pocket. At Natural Smiles, we understand the importance of the procedure and offer absolutely reasonable rates.
The last known national survey of the cost of dental implants in the UK was conducted in 2015. That survey suggested that dentists charge an average of £2,415 for a single tooth implant.
Today, generally speaking, the complete procedure may cost you anywhere between £1,500 to £6,000. This estimate is of the cost of material used for the implant, any supplementary surgeries that you may need, the crown that is used, and post-treatment complications.
If you suffer from abysmal oral health and need other related surgeries like rot removal or bone grafting, you’ll pay close to £5,000. For patients with minimum other needs or those who go for cheaper variants of the CEREC crown, the cost is likely to be close to £1,500.
The good part, however, is that dental implants are a permanent procedure. This means the cost of a single dental implant is a one-time procedure. You also won’t need to schedule frequent follow-up visits to the dentist or any special checkups to keep your implant in top shape.
Does insurance cover dental implants?
In most conditions, dental implants are not covered under insurance. However, if dental implants are required for life-saving procedures (which is rare) the NHS might cover it.
Even though dental implants might be essential for your oral health and function, insurers consider it an elective procedure. Check with your insurance provider for more details.
What follow up care is required after dental implants?
Dental implants are used to replace your original teeth. And as such, they require similar care. You should brush and floss regularly and use an antibacterial mouthwash. Frequent visits to the dentist are also important.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implant technology has been in practice since 1952 and was first used by an orthopaedic surgeon and research professor Dr Per-Ingvar Brånemark. Since then the procedure has been refined a lot.
And modern technological advancements have made the procedure even more sophisticated. Thus, the procedure is 100% safe when performed by experts, like our team at Natural Smiles.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Dental implant surgery is completely painless as it is performed under local anaesthesia. You will feel no pain whatsoever during the procedure as your mouth would be numbed. However, the level of discomfort after the local anaesthesia has worn off varies. The pain is similar to what you’d experience after tooth extraction.
But you don’t have to worry much about the pain because experts at Natural Smiles prescribe pain management solutions. We will also guide in keeping the pain under check.
To begin with, a cold ice pack over your cheek (over the area of surgery) will help reduce swelling. You can do this immediately after the procedure is done. We also prescribe OTc medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. We also suggest using antibiotics (for more invasive procedures) and oral rinses to be used for a few weeks to support healing.
Note: In most cases, the pain goes away within 10 days of the dental implant surgery. If your pain still persists, schedule a visit to the dentist to check for any infections.
Can anyone get a tooth implant?
Anyone healthy enough for oral surgery or a dental extraction can also consider getting a tooth implant. The only prerequisite is that you should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant in place.
If you are a heavy smoker, have uncontrolled chronic diseases (diabetes or heart trouble), or have undergone radiation therapy near the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. Get direct consultation with experts to find out if you are eligible or not.
Get your single tooth implant quote today
Want to know how much it would cost YOU to get a single tooth implant with us, at Natural Smiles? Book a free initial consultation today.
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