Dental implants are a popular alternative to dentures for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. With careful planning implants can deliver a highly reliable and predictable form of treatment.
A dental implant is, essentially, a substitute for a natural tooth root and is commonly cylindrical in shape with screw threads on the outside. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended 'new tooth'. Over a period of several months the implant becomes integrated into the bone and provides a stable platform to support replacement teeth. In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread that allows a variety of different components to be fitted. When they are fitted these components provide the foundation for the long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.
How Much do Dental Implants Cost?
Dr Murphy, one of the most experienced dental implant dentists in Scotland, explains the breakdown of dental implant prices and what is involved here:
We set aside 1hr 15 minutes of surgery time to place an implant and request £100 deposit to cover this and essential material costs in the advent of late cancellations. This fee will be deducted from the implant cost on the day.
Individual implants are charged at £1050. Multiple implant placements are charged at £1000 each. One crown on an implant costs £900 (costs include all gold post components). Multiple crowns cost £850 each. Bridgework costs are levied similarly at £900 per initial bridge tooth and £850 for additional bridge teeth.
You may have seen these dental implant prices on the Dentist Glasgow website which has some photographs I have taken of implant cases I have completed. These can be viewed in the Cosmetic Dentistry Gallery.
Dentures can be attached to gold locators on implants. These cost £1900 per appliance. Alternatively they can be attached to milled titanium bars which are fabricated using the latest cadcam technology. These cost £4500 per appliance but may replace all of the upper/lower teeth.
How many teeth can be supported by implants?
If you are only missing a single tooth then, generally, one implant is all that is needed. Larger spaces, where two, three or more teeth are missing, will normally require multiple implants, but it is not normally the case that every missing tooth requires an implant to replace it. The number of implants placed, and their positioning, is determined by the quality and the volume of the bone at the potential site of the implant.
For more detailed information about implants visit: http://www.adi.org.uk