Ask The Dentist – Are Dental Implants Good Value For Money?

A Downham patient queries whether the cost of implants is worth it.

One of the first things that people often ask about dental implants is the price. It is certainly one of the more expensive dental procedures that are available, but does its price offer good value for money over time?

Q. Hi there … I’ve been doing some online research into dental implants as I’ve had a couple of teeth missing for a while now. I have been left a little money in a will and am considering whether to use this to restore my teeth. I’m not far away, in the village of Downham, so travelling to Wickford wouldn’t be a problem. Dental implants do look like a good option but they are also not especially cheap and I wondered what your opinion is of them and whether there are better alternatives for my situation.

Thank you for your question. As you say, dental implants are not cheap, and there are many good reasons for this; one being the cost of the materials involved. Titanium is one of the most expensive metals available, but, unfortunately, is the only one which integrates with the bone fully, giving implants their strength and stability.

Dentists also have to undergo extensive additional training to be able to place these implants. This is to ensure a safe and successful outcome for the patient, and is one reason that we strongly recommend that you don’t take up offers of cheap dental implants abroad. With regards to their value for the money, naturally, each person will have to decide if it falls within their budget, and we do offer payment plans to help you to spread the cost of the payment.

There are other alternatives to dental implants, which we have available at the Cygnet Dental Practice in Wickford, Essex. These, however, do have their disadvantages. Dentures can be uncomfortable and inconvenient for some patients and a bridge usually involves the preparation of otherwise healthy teeth.

Although dental implants may seem expensive, the reality is that once placed and fully integrated with the bone, they both feel and look like a natural tooth and have a strength at least comparable to that of a natural tooth. Providing that you practice good oral health care and ensure that you clean around the implant to prevent gum disease, there is no reason not to expect the implant to last for less than twenty years. Many dental implant patients have reported them lasting for over twenty five, and some even longer than that.

It may help you to decide, if you arrange a free non clinical consultation with our Wickford dentist who will be able to discuss all aspects of dental implants with you in more detail. As you are just a few miles down the road, in Downham, our convenient dental practice is ideally placed for to investigate this option.

If you would like to take up this offer, please call us on 01268 733078 and I look forward to seeing you.