Can I Get Dental Implants Done on the NHS?

Implants on the NHS: Criteria, Costs & Availability

If you’ve researched well, you’ll know dental professionals consider dental implants the best tooth replacement method worldwide.

You’ll also likely know that dental implants are the only long-lasting, permanent option for replacing missing teeth. But you’ll also likely know that the cost of dental implants in the UK is not always so inviting.

So, it’s no surprise that so many Brits want to know if they can get this life-saving treatment through the NHS and, if they can, how they go about getting it.

In this post, we’ll examine the NHS’s criteria for dental implants and specific ways to increase your chances of being accepted.

We’ll also look into the cost of dental implants and ways you can lower the treatment price.

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Can I get dental implants on the NHS?

The concise answer is yes, you can.

However, before you start running to your local NHS dentist, we must tell you there’s much more to it.

The NHS offers dental implants to patients with a clear medical and clinical need in certain circumstances. Even though missing teeth is a severe problem, it’s not enough to get you considered.

Many people who would like NHS implants will not be eligible and will be forced to settle for non-permanent, cheaper restoration treatments like bridgework or dentures or opt for private care to receive dental implants. View types.

The massive demand for implants and a small budget to supply them means that the NHS prioritise patients according to their medical needs.

The NHS-funded criteria:

We’re sharing points from the report published by the Royal College of Surgeons in 2019, which outlines the eligibility criteria for NHS-funded dental implants.

Your chances of getting NHS-funded implants increase if:

  • You have missing or malformed teeth because of an inherited or genetic condition. For example, patients with congenitally missing teeth.
  • However, those who have lost their teeth due to trauma have no guarantee that they will be accepted for implant treatment after a concussion, as guidelines state that other, more conventional replacement methods should be explored first.
  • If you have lost your teeth because of cancer or other conditions, your teeth must be removed as part of treatment.
  • Those experiencing total tooth loss in one or both jaws are unsuitable for dentures. First, a professional must confirm that all conventional options have been exhausted and deemed unsuccessful.

Additional factors for your eligibility

  1. You have to be registered with a general dentist
  2. You must receive regular checkups
  3. Have no untreated conditions like tooth decay or gum disease
  4. Comply with good oral hygiene standards
  5. Be a non-smoker

You may also be declined for implant-funded treatment if:

  • Have poorly controlled diabetes
  • Have any mental health issues
  • Experience poor dental health
  • Suffer from Bruxism
  • Have any blood or bone disorders

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Can I get All-on-4 dental implants on the NHS?

Cost of All-on-4 | Costs Broken Down | What All-on-4 is Like

All-on-4 is a dental implant method and solution that uses only four implants. This usually helps patients cut the cost of their treatments, as fewer implants are used.

However, the All-on method is rarely used or offered on the NHS. If you are missing all your teeth, you will likely be provided implant-retained dentures that use just two implants to secure an overdenture (if you’re lucky – most patients receive dentures that rely on suction and cover the palate).

These implants will not take the full biting force, with your gums still bearing some pressure, but they will keep your dentures more securely in position.

Our dental implant costs

We offer 0% interest finance across all of our restorative and cosmetic options. Our patients can break down the cost of treatment over manageable monthly instalments without paying a penny more for up to 24 months. In addition, our finance terms extend up to five years for those happy to be charged APR. Learn more.

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