Dental implants have become increasingly popular in recent years. As well as offering an attractive, permanent solution to missing teeth, they can also be used to provide a comfortable, fixed alternative to dentures. The treatment is also suitable for almost every patient. Many patients are now asking if dental implants are available on the NHS. Here’s everything you need to know.
Why replace missing teeth?
Your dentist will almost always recommend that missing teeth are replaced. This is because, cosmetic considerations aside, there are several dental reasons why gaps in your teeth are undesirable.
If a gap remains for a long period of time, it can lead to other teeth shifting position. In addition to putting your remaining teeth at risk of becoming unstable, this can interfere with your bite. This can increase wear on your remaining teeth as well as causing discomfort for some patients. Teeth around the gap are more exposed, leaving them vulnerable to attack and increasing the risk of tooth decay.
Finally, the bone in your jaw itself can become weakened, which may lead to further problems with your teeth, as well as the appearance of early aging due to the receding jawline.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Unlike traditional solutions for missing teeth such as bridges or crowns, dental implants do not rely on your remaining teeth to support them and as a result, otherwise healthy teeth will not be compromised. As an alternative to dentures, they are permanently fixed and do not require the plastic plate which can have an impact on your ability to taste food.
Dental implants also address a key problem with missing teeth – the root itself. By providing an artificial replacement for the root, dental implants permanently restore the strength in your jaw. Because of how they work, they are suitable for almost any patient – even if you have lost all of your teeth.
By far, the most attractive feature of dental implants is that they look and feel completely natural and are a long term, fixed solution. As long as you look after dental implants in the same way as you would your natural teeth, they can usually be expected to last a lifetime.
Are dental implants available on the NHS?
Unfortunately, the NHS does not currently cover dental implants for most patients. Dental implant treatment is only available on the NHS in exceptional cases. According to the NHS website, “implants are usually only available privately. They’re sometimes available on the NHS for patients who can’t wear dentures or whose face and teeth have been damaged, such as people who have had mouth cancer or an accident that’s knocked a tooth out.” In reality, it is very unlikely that you will be able to have the treatment funded by the NHS.
Despite this, dental implants may well still be within your reach – especially with the attractive finance offer available from Adrian Mullish Dental Care.
How can I spread the cost of dental implants?
Here at Adrian Mullish Dental Care in Watford, we offer 12 month interest-free payments, as well as interest-bearing loans for longer periods. It has never been easier to spread the cost of dental implants.
Benefits of our finance packages
- Start your dental implant treatment today
- Spread the cost of the treatment over a suitable period that works for you
- Interest-free and low cost monthly options can be a much more affordable alternative to credit cards or bank loans
- It’s easy to set up repayments by Direct Debit
- All finance options are provided by leading credit suppliers and are subject to status
If you would like to find out more about our dental implants including the finance and payment options on offer at Adrian Mullish Dental Care, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Call today on 01923 231861.