Time to ditching the dentures for dental implants

By September 1, 2014 No Comments

Pensioners are ditching dentures in favour of dental implants, at a cost of up to £30,000.

sedation-dentistCosmetic dentists say more and more retirees are raiding their pensions to pay for the implants, which are not normally funded by the NHS, in search of a dazzling ‘Hollywood smile’ such as that displayed by A-listers.

Simon Cowell and Cameron Diaz are among those celebrities who are rumoured to have had the treatment.

Clinics can charge as much as £3,000 for one implant, £15,000 for a whole row of teeth and £30,000 for a complete set.

A dental implant is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone and can be used to support one or more false teeth.

The body recognises the titanium as part of itself and grows onto it, giving a bionic, living connection.  A tooth face is placed on top of the screw for a perfect smile.

The procedure is tried and tested, and any number of teeth can be replaced, from a single tooth to a complete set, depending on the condition of the bone in the jaw.

Most implants are fitted by private implant dentists because they will not be funded by the NHS unless there is a real medical need.

‘Having dentures is like walking somewhere when you could take the car. More people in the UK are having implants now, dentures are yesterday’s solution.’

Clinics in London charge £3,000 for one implant, while a whole row of teeth on either jaw will cost £15,000 and a whole set will cost £30,000…Ben Atkins, a trustee of the British Dental Health Foundation, said: ‘The middle classes are getting implants but it doesn’t have to be ‘either or’, you can have one or two implants and attach a denture to it and it’s perfectly secure.’

The trend for dental implants follows previous fads for veneers, which also create the appearance of pearly white teeth….read more


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