TDC’s Smile in a Day same-day dental implant treatment is a one-day solution that makes dentures or loose and missing teeth a thing of the past. It’s the next best thing to natural teeth. Your smile and your confidence can be restored with fixed, secure teeth in just one day.
Investing in your dental well-being is an important decision and the cost of your dental implant treatment can be a key consideration when you are selecting the right dental team for you.
So how much should dental implants cost?
The reality is that every patient has different dental health and medical needs, personal requirements and preferences so there is no “one size fits all” solution. So, whilst cost may well be a factor in your decision, it is advisable to ensure that you have considered all the elements that provide successful treatment and results that you will be happy with.
When researching your options to replace loose and missing teeth or dentures, you may find it helpful to ask yourself these questions:
Why do dental implant costs vary so much?
Anyone researching dental implant treatment is faced with a bewildering choice of dental practitioners, solutions and costs, so it can be hard to know what the “right price” is to pay.
Dental implant treatment is usually only available to private patients and is not commonly available on the NHS.
Dental implants costs vary widely due to numerous factors:
Not all dental implant treatments are the same
More skilled, advanced techniques such as TDC Smile in a Day same-day implants (sometimes referred to as “All on Four” or “Teeth in a Day”) require just one surgical visit as your dental implants and a full set of fixed teeth can be placed on the same day.
This compares to traditional implant methods where multiple surgical visits and months of healing time are needed before the fixed teeth are placed.
The Smile in a Day procedure is suitable for single or multiple tooth replacement, or for replacing full upper or lower sets of teeth (often called “full jaws” or “arches”).
At TDC, most of our patients require at least one full arch of replacement teeth, and we routinely treat people who have been told that they are not suitable for dental implants due to extreme gum disease or bone loss. In the majority of cases, we can successfully treat them without the need for bone graft or sinus lift procedures.
So, not only is Smile in a Day treatment less invasive as there is only one surgical procedure, it can be a long-term, fixed solution for patients who have been previously advised that dentures are their only option.
Same-day implant treatments usually cost less over time as fewer appointments and procedures are needed.
It’s a surgical procedure – skill and experience matter
Your dental implants can last a lifetime if properly placed and well-cared for, so it makes sense to invest in the best possible clinical care.
Having an experienced dental team, from the surgeon who places your implants to the restorative / aesthetic dentist who ensures the perfect function and look of your new teeth, can make a big difference to the outcome of – and your satisfaction with – your new teeth and smile.
Not all dental implant surgeons are the same
The experience of your dental implant surgeon, along with how regularly they place implants, can make a significant difference to the success of your treatment, especially with more complex cases.
Any UK-registered dentist can perform dental implant surgery, regardless of how frequently or how recently they last placed implants, so we advise that you talk to your dentist when you attend your initial consultation to find out if they perform the procedure on a regular basis, and ask if they are experienced in placing same-day implants.
Dedicated implant centres focus on dental implant treatment every day so are more likely to be using the most current techniques and technology.
In dentistry, a dentist can only refer to themselves as a specialist if they have undertaken years of additional training in their chosen field and are approved and registered with the General Dental Council.
Specialist Periodontists, such as TDC’s Lead Surgeon Dr Michael Zybutz, have undertaken years of additional training in the field of dentistry concerning the gums, jawbone and the placement of dental implants.
Analysis, planning and technique – using the latest technology
Successful treatment requires detailed analysis from a highly qualified practitioner, both to ensure you are suitable for dental implants and also to correctly place the implants in your jawbone. This is especially important in more complex cases e.g. when patients have extreme bone loss.
At TDC, we use information gathered at your consultation and from your medical records, along with detailed X-ray images from your CT scan. This enables us to assess the amount and quality of your bone, your suitability for the procedure and to plan the exact placement of your implants during surgery.
In complex cases we even produce an accurate 3D printed model and do a “dry run” of your surgery so we can plan for every eventuality. We invest in the latest equipment and training for our team to ensure patient safety.
Low cost can mean lower quality implants and materials – and less successful outcomes
As with most things in life, cost can be a reflection of the quality of treatment you receive and the materials that are used. Both of these factors can affect the outcome of your dental implant surgery.
Not all implants are manufactured to the same specifications or to the same safety standards. It is advisable to check which implant system your dentist uses, as quality of implants can affect both short and long-term success rates.
At TDC we use an advanced implant system that has a built-in angle to provide a stronger base to support the bridge of new teeth. Manufactured from pure, high-grade titanium – never an alloy – they are precision-milled and designed to reduce patient treatment time and to improve patient outcomes.