A dental implant is a replacement tooth or teeth, fastened into the gum through a procedure. Dental implants are used as a replacement for several reasons which include;
- To keep your bone and gum healthy
- To regain natural confidence and full function of the mouth.
In the United Kingdom, a body known as the NHS – National Health Service exists to bring free healthcare to United Kingdom residents except for a few charges such as optical charges, prescriptions, and dental services.
Till date, the NHS is rated as the best system regarding efficiency, safety, coordinated care, effective care, patient-centered care and also cost-related problems.
In the NHS system, you have to pay a donation to the cost of your dental treatment. The same thing applies to optical care; glasses and prescription. The cost depends on the kind of treatment and which cost band covers it.
It is beneficial to you if you live in the UK to ask your dentist if your treatment is available on the NHS and how much it will cost before you proceed.
The treatments included in the NHS are listed below;
Veneers are a treatment for people with stained teeth, gaps or chips. A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain used as new facings for a damaged tooth. During the process of placing a veneer, an impression is taken and sent to the dental lab for the fitting of the tooth and mouth.
Bridges and Dentures
Dentures are removable replacement teeth while bridges are not removable. Bridges are fixed after taking an impression of the surrounding teeth that will support the bridge.
Crowns are known as dental caps. They are fitted on top of an implant tooth to provide a natural, tooth-like shape, structure and function. It is made from either metal or porcelain and metal.
Fillings are used to repair or fill up a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Fillings are of different types and are selected according to the patient’s clinical needs. The most common type of filler is amalgam.
Scale and Polish
This is teeth maintenance. It is an occasional professional cleaning of your teeth by a dentist. It involves carefully removing tartar deposits that build up on the teeth.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars to emerge. Most people do not keep their wisdom teeth; this is because they erupt late and usually can’t find any space, so they develop at an angle.
Wisdom teeth that grow at the wrong angle are called impacted. They cause pain and discomfort and have to be removed. In the NHS, impacted teeth removal is free.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is a procedure that is required when the pulp is infected through decay or injury. If the treatment is not carried out the infection will spread, and the tooth will become damaged.
During the procedure, the infected pulp is removed and cleaned out. The root canal is then filled and sealed with more filling or crown to stop a repeat of the infection.
Other treatments carried out include braces, broken teeth, and teeth whitening.
Outside the NHS dental implant treatments costs as low as €1300 to as high as €4050.