Why Are Dental Implants Far More Costly Than Other Forms Of Tooth Replacement?
Whether you consider treatment for dental implants in Richmond, you can be guaranteed that they don’t come cheap. With the average price of a full set of dentures costing around £500 you may be surprised to know that dental implants can cost 3 or 4 times this amount, and that’s just for a single tooth! So why are they so costly?
The first thing to note is that on the face of it paying up to £2000 for a single implant may seem beyond reasonable. However when you look at the bigger picture and consider the long term benefits that implants can bring, then for many people the return on investment more than outweighs the initial cost. When you undergo treatment for dental implants the end results can be astonishing. Implants offer by far the very best natural looking teeth that modern dentistry can offer. As well as looking, feeling, and even acting just like your natural teeth, they can last (if looked after) 3-5 times longer than dentures, so for some people this can be a lifetime. Finally they are the only form of tooth replacement that can stimulate and even regenerate new facial bone growth which is often lost when someone experiences missing teeth. Thus giving you an overall youthful appearance.
All that said, the cost still needs to be justified. So without further ado, here’s how the costs break down.
Even though a clinic offering dental implants in Richmond may use a different make and model of implant than say a clinic in Birmingham, the one common factor is that they’ll all be made from titanium. Titanium is an expensive metal, yet it’s properties are essential to a successful implant. In addition other semi precious metals are also used in the process, each of which plays it’s own vital part in making sure that the patient has a permanent and long lasting solution to missing teeth.
The whole process of planning and fitting just one single dental implant requires a skilled team together with some of the world’s leading cutting-edge technology. Even before a highly skilled dental surgeon gets to work, comprehensive diagnostics of the patient’s mouth are needed to ensure pinpoint accurate placement. A series of CT scans and radiographic assessments may be carried out to produce the desired results. In addition, technicians artistically craft each porcelain tooth so it blends in perfectly with the rest of the teeth and specially trained nurses control the sedation process during the surgical procedure.
Although the surgical procedure itself can take less than a couple of hours, implants are carried out in stages to allow adequate healing time for best success. This means that from the initial consultation through to the final placement of the crown it can take 4-9 months and in some cases even longer if a patient has to undergo a bone graft. As a result a clinic will invest a great deal of time over a period of months involving a series of check-ups and fittings to ensure that the patient gets the very best care, and the clinic delivers the very best results.
Yes implants are indeed a hefty initial outlay but as you can see, they are also an investment in both your oral and indeed overall health and one which could benefit you greatly in many years to come.
If you’re considering a dental implant in Richmond, then speak to us at Sheen Dental. We have a wide selection of payment plans that will help you spread the costs of a dental implant procedure over a period of time. Why not contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to see just how we can help.