The idea of losing teeth and having unsightly gaps in our smile is never something anyone wants to encounter.
Multiple missing teeth can not only affect our self-confidence in our appearance but also have negative medical consequences for our oral health in the long term through the increased risk of infection.
Luckily, there is a popular, safe and surprisingly affordable resolution to the problem of missing teeth. Dental implants are a common procedure that is offered by most dentists practicing in the UK today.
Dental implants can vary considerably in cost, depending on the complexity of the case, the number of missing teeth and the general state of your oral health.
BUPA calculates that the average cost of a dental implant in the UK is £2,415. This represents a serious amount of money for a cosmetic procedure that is rarely covered by dental insurance.
The risk of cutting costs
The figure of nearly £2,500 for a single tooth replacement might sound like too much, and even a small amount of research will show you that there are significantly cheaper options available abroad, in countries like Turkey.
There are private dental practices in Turkey that offer single dental implants for as little as £460, which on the surface appears to be a real bargain when compared to the UK market.
Compare: Dental implant cost from a UK dentist here.
However, there are several reasons for the stark difference in price which are worth knowing about. The most expensive elements of dental implants are quality materials and qualified dentists.
Turkey and other countries in Eastern Europe suffer from:
- A generally lower standard of regulation of the dental industry
- Widespread use of low-quality materials
- A significantly greater risk of failure and the need for expensive follow-up treatment
You get what you pay for
In the UK, when it comes to dentistry, you get what you pay for. High-quality dentistry may not be the cheapest thing going, but when it comes to your long-term oral hygiene, cutting corners is not a risk worth taking.
Consider the money spent on replacing missing teeth with safe and strong dental implants as an investment in your future.
A good deal
The average dental implant cost per tooth in the UK is £2,415 but some highly respected dentists are able to offer the procedure for a lower cost of around £1,995.
This is because long-established dental practices have the experience and reputation to be able to perform a large number of procedures both safely and quickly, increasing the number of satisfied customers and lowering the price.