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    Cost of Dental Implants

    I am looking at having fairly extensive work done some time this year - can anyone advise some pitfalls to look out for an an indication of real costs - likely I would have a lot of implants.

    Any information at all would be appreciated as I'll be having a consultation in the next few weeks and would like to have as many questions as possible answered.

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    Re: Cost of Dental Implants

    SWMBO works in the dental industry and reckons 1k+ per tooth, however, it's a bit like asking 'how much is a watch?' It depends on which teeth, additional treatment requirements and who is going to do it. Also it's not a quick procedure, there are several stages: consultation, extraction, healing, fixture insertion, more healing, insertion of tooth. It can take a few months from start to finish.

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    I think I paid aroung 2.5K but I had a lot of other work done as well and the way the bills worked it would be hard to pin down the exact cost of the implant total bill was over 5k.
    realy pleased with it though wish i had done it earlier.

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    £5K Holy Molar!! (see what I did there?)

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    Implants can cost upwards of 4k each. I work with specialist orthodontists and a couple of Prost do fists that do implants, where a bouts in the uk are you? Pm me.

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    Google Nova Clinic, Warsaw, Poland.

    Cheaper and betterer.

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    My Dad was living in Russia for a few years and he had all his done when he was out there - apparently the most professional, modern, well equipped clinic with guys who had studied in the US/UK. Cost something in the region of 3K for pretty much all of the teeth rather than the 12-15K he was quoted here. Very much recommended.

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    Re: Cost of Dental Implants

    Quote Originally Posted by justin44
    a couple of Prost do fists
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    The specialist I refer to charges between £2k and £3k per tooth. Cost will go up if bone grafts or sinus lifts are needed. You don't always need 1 implant per tooth to be replaced as they can be used for bridges much like natural teeth.

    The cheaper implants (£1k mark) from experience tend to be immediate implants which are essentially self-tapping screw in implants that are restored much quicker. Personally I'd avoid these.

    The only problem with going abroad for the work is finding a reputable clinic and what you do if something goes wrong once you are back home.

    I'm not sure where you are based but if you need any more info feel free to PM me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abooth2909
    The specialist I refer to charges between £2k and £3k per tooth. Cost will go up if bone grafts or sinus lifts are needed. You don't always need 1 implant per tooth to be replaced as they can be used for bridges much like natural teeth.
    Andy
    At the London Mount Vernon Dental Hospital they want £2800 per tooth. They want to fit me with 4 - all at the back. So at the moment, my daughters wedding has a priority...

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    Are these things needed or are they purely cosmetic? Not being funny, I honestly dont know.

    If they are just cosmetic, why not have false teeth on a plate?

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    Scott: I had both upper 5's done in 2006 at a cost of £3800 including (private) hospitalisation.
    The surgeon was a Dr Ucer, who consults and operates at the Alexander Hospital in Cheadle, Cheshire (BMI).

    Come over to Manchester to have it done, Abooth2909 is probably the best person to speak to but I run a close second having spent north of £20k on my own cosmetic dentistry in 2006. :D

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    I am part way through dental implant treatment. So far I have four implants fitted at: upper right 11 and 12 & upper left 21 and 22. Upper left 22 required some bone grafting after the extraction because of bone loss following previous apicoectomy ops. The healing at the site of tooth 22 took 3 months before the implants could be done; the implants have been in for 5 months but the graft at 22 still needs to fully settle before fitting the actual dental bridge. The bridge which fits onto the 4 adjacent implants is due to be fitted in September but is subject to final pre-bridging examination due 17 August. I've been using a temporary denture ever since the extractions last December. The fully inclusive price for the implants and bridgework plus the bone graft is £6900 and by the time it's finished will have taken just over 9 months - longer than anticipated because of healing problems and infections at 22. I'm also having a Cerec inlay ( a type of CAD processed crown ) on upper right 17 (£300) and two bonded crowns at 13 and 15 (£300 each) . The next phase will be implants at lower right 44, 45 and 46 which will probably cost another £5.5K ... but the implant specialist said they would cost less than the upper teeth implants. The cost has been spread over the course of the treatment and the final 50% will be paid on completion.

    All implant treatment costs need estimating for each individual and will depend on which teeth need replacing and whether or not bone grafts are required - and there is also the cost of the temporary denture. Costs vary but you can get a rough idea by phoning around if you know which teeth need replacing. Bear in mind that the implant(s) which is screwed into the jawbone is only the support for the subsequent cap/crown or bridge which is/are fitted later. Some people decide to seek implant treatment abroad because it's cheaper eg in Poland - but I am glad I did not decide on that because of the problems I've had with infections at site 22. I needed several courses of antibiotics to clear the infection and at one stage the implant specialist thought that the implant might not settle sufficiently to accept the bridge - but it seems to be ok now. I've had at least three apicoectomies over the last 30 years at 21, 22 and 23 so there was a lot of granulated bone/tissue which needed replacing with a bone graft before the implant could be fitted.

    Before commencing the implant treatment I'd already spent £'000s on bridgework at my previous dentist. That bridgework was never satisfactory and I was forever going back to see him because of gum and jaw discomfort for which he offered no real remedy apart from antibiotics and mouthwash - he always said the bridgework was too complicated to undo. In the end I was so pissed off with his excuses that I asked for a hospital referral where there were more delays and cock ups and differences of opinions regarding proposed treatments amongst the locum consultants - so I asked to see the head of dept - and got a referral to Eastman Dental Hospital in London . The Eastman consultant immediately spotted cracked roots on the Peterborough Hospital X-rays - something that P'bor Hospital had failed to see - thus I then knew that extractions were necessary to be followed by either a permanent denture or implants.

    Thus last September I decided to go for implants and began phoning around trying to find an implant specialist - after writing to my previous dentist and telling him and his head of practice what I thought of their treatments and lack of good advice.

    The implant specialist is also a regular dental surgeon so he will also be offering me other dentistry.

    My dental problems are partly due to too many sugary crunchy breakfast cereals over many years plus too much sugar in tea and coffee - but are also due to heavy smoking over a period of over 20 years which contributed to gum recession. I managed to quit smoking 20 years ago but now wish I'd never started. The implant specialist warns smokers that their smoking habit can compromise the success of implants and he will not cover the subsequent cost of bone augmentation (under his guarantee) for smokers whose implants fail .

    Needless to say I have quit eating processed breakfast cereals and no longer buy sugar. When we are young we do not realise the damage done to teeth by our bad habits.

    Anyone contemplating implant treatment should be aware that cost cutting ie opting for fewer implants to bridge the gaps might be false economy. The fewer implants you have to eg bridge a gap of say four teeth, the higher the load will be placed on the 'too few' implants and thus the higher the risk of 'implant overload' which can lead to damaged supporting bone - especially if you have a heavy bite. Thus it's best to consider having more than the bare minimum of implants if you need several adjacent teeth replacing.

    If anyone in the Peterborough area is considering dental implant treatment I can pass on the name of the specialist to you ... his fees /rates seem to be reasonable compared to others I investigated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billtr96sn
    Are these things needed or are they purely cosmetic? Not being funny, I honestly dont know.

    If they are just cosmetic, why not have false teeth on a plate?
    If you have extractions and then a denture(s) there is usually inevitable jawbone recession and the shape of your face will change . Look at any person who uses full dentures ... with their teeth out they look as if their face is caving in. Dentures can never replace extracted teeth roots and lost jawbone. Dentures also affect the way you speak and need frequent cleaning to remove residual food.

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    My wife was quoted approximately £2500 for a single incisor only last week. I'm thinking of having a couple of molars done but I understand you can have a double-size single implant to replace 2 molars. I looked at getting it done abroad but it would need a minimum of 2 visits and as previously asked, what would you do if you needed dental care related to the implants when you were back in the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne
    My wife was quoted approximately £2500 for a single incisor only last week. I'm thinking of having a couple of molars done but I understand you can have a double-size single implant to replace 2 molars. I looked at getting it done abroad but it would need a minimum of 2 visits and as previously asked, what would you do if you needed dental care related to the implants when you were back in the UK?

    Eddie
    I just checked my diaries to see how many dental appointments have been necessary so far for the implants' treatments. Including two initial consultations plus the first extractions appointment there have been 13 visits to the implant specialist since 3 November 2010 ... and I have three more appointments booked for the first phase before the bridgework is completed. There have been problems with infections and the temporary denture needed adjustments ... and follow-ups were required after antibiotics were prescribed. I believe at the next appointment the gum may need lifting to check the bone graft before the bridgework is completed. If I'd gone abroad to have the work done it would not have been possible to have all the follow-ups and thus in my case I doubt if foreign implant dentistry would have worked for me. My 13 appointments have not cost me any extra than the initial quote for approx. 6 appointments because I was given a firm £estimate prior to commencing treatment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin44
    Implants can cost upwards of 4k each. I work with specialist orthodontists and a couple of Prost do fists that do implants, where a bouts in the uk are you? Pm me.
    British Isles but not mainland UK I'm afraid so limited or a lot of travel involved for me. I have about 18 months to get everything sorted before I leave for Oz - I have a few issues and have been in pain for years, so decided to do something about it.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegamanic
    Quote Originally Posted by justin44
    Implants can cost upwards of 4k each. I work with specialist orthodontists and a couple of Prost do fists that do implants, where a bouts in the uk are you? Pm me.
    British Isles but not mainland UK I'm afraid so limited or a lot of travel involved for me. I have about 18 months to get everything sorted before I leave for Oz - I have a few issues and have been in pain for years, so decided to do something about it.
    I wish you success in finding an implant specialist and completing the work asap. I found it easier to source a practitioner myself because most dental practices appear to refer patients elsewhere rather than offer the implants 'in house' - even if they advertise implants on their websites. Look for dentists with either an Msc in Implant dentistry or better still the letters Dip Imp Dent RCS (eng) after their name. After browsing the internet looking for implant specialists ( and taking some of their claims and recommenders' comments with a pinch of salt) I found the most useful source for finding an implant specialist was the Yellow Pages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tai Mi Shu
    Scott: I had both upper 5's done in 2006 at a cost of £3800 including (private) hospitalisation.
    The surgeon was a Dr Ucer, who consults and operates at the Alexander Hospital in Cheadle, Cheshire (BMI).

    Come over to Manchester to have it done, Abooth2909 is probably the best person to speak to but I run a close second having spent north of £20k on my own cosmetic dentistry in 2006. :D
    Thanks for all the advice and thanks for the info Vicky - I was kicked in the teeth at around 15 - my fault (and I came off better!) all upper front 4 teeth cracked - now capped or crowned or part of a bridge - another tooth knocked out by a family member on a dispute - all molars removed, I now have one set - but they are cracked/crowned - so I need a lot of work doing really if I want things sorted out - also one side of my bridge has sheared off at the bottom of what was a perfectly good tooth and causes a hell of a lot of pain!

    I will be having a consultation and then speaking to some other dentists about work to form an idea of what they can do compared to what I want - I want them all sorted to be honest - I have very brittle teeth and if I crunched something like a crisp the wrong way it will chips bits off my teeth! Thankfully there is not room for 32 teeth in my upper and lower jaw - maybe 24 in total and I may be able to save number of the ones I have - but more than 50% need replacing!

    Dunk - thank you for the detailed response - I hope to start the treatment soon and well it was either that or something like a blue sub lol ;) (aimed at Vicky!).

    I don't really like dentists - they have caused me a lot of pain in the past, so I'm hoping to had a lot of work done to avoid as much future issues as possible.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Re: Cost of Dental Implants

    Actually my understanding was that a Diploma (Dip) in Implant Dentistry is a shorter and less qualified training than an MSc in Implant Dentistry. Also specialists often have an even better respected qualification called an MClinDent in Implantology or Implant Dentistry (MClinDent=Masters in Clinical Dentistry). The Royal College of Surgeons are a well respected institute as are the Eastman (and there are many other well respected universities training people properly). As with all professions though, having the top qualifications is usually a good sign but there are still some who are not as good as others but still have the right letters after their names. How good they are is measured in experience at past cases (and their complexity) and having a low failure rate. Also be aware that there are dentists out there who have just done a short course in implants and don't have any of the above qualifications - they may be cheaper but avoid them as things can and do frequently go wrong. The reason the good ones charge a lot is because they have had to fund themselves through a very lengthy, difficult and expensive training.

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    Re: Cost of Dental Implants

    I recall seeing a programme about Frank Carson a few years ago and he mentioned that all his teeth were implants and they had cost him £50,000. This must have been 4 - 5 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegamanic
    Quote Originally Posted by justin44
    Implants can cost upwards of 4k each. I work with specialist orthodontists and a couple of Prost do fists that do implants, where a bouts in the uk are you? Pm me.
    British Isles but not mainland UK I'm afraid so limited or a lot of travel involved for me. I have about 18 months to get everything sorted before I leave for Oz - I have a few issues and have been in pain for years, so decided to do something about it.
    If you're IOM based, I used to work there so can recommend someone good over there and who definitely not to go to!

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    One improvement in dental treatment in recent years has been the widespread adoption of digital X-ray techniques which make examination and diagnosis both cheaper and quicker. When you commence the treatment there will probably be a very lengthy treatment plan which you will have to agree to ... mine is 12 pages long and details all the work necessary plus the 'terms and conditions' ... and the need for insurance to cover various contingencies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial
    One improvement in dental treatment in recent years has been the widespread adoption of digital X-ray techniques which make examination and diagnosis both cheaper and quicker. When you commence the treatment there will probably be a very lengthy treatment plan which you will have to agree to ... mine is 12 pages long and details all the work necessary plus the 'terms and conditions' ... and the need for insurance to cover various contingencies.

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    Very interesting - I will make sure sufficient insurance is in place.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegamanic
    Quote Originally Posted by sundial
    One improvement in dental treatment in recent years has been the widespread adoption of digital X-ray techniques which make examination and diagnosis both cheaper and quicker. When you commence the treatment there will probably be a very lengthy treatment plan which you will have to agree to ... mine is 12 pages long and details all the work necessary plus the 'terms and conditions' ... and the need for insurance to cover various contingencies.

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    Very interesting - I will make sure sufficient insurance is in place.
    I have not taken out any insurance yet .. AFAIAA it will only be required when the treatment is complete ie to cover any contingencies not covered by the 12 month warranty ... just in case there is some unforeseen problem which might compromise the implant work.

    And after the treatment is complete it is very important to maintain daily oral hygiene protocols eg special flossing to prevent gum disease. I have a Kitty Hydrofloss which is better than floss tape or superfloss as it is a pressurised water reservoir with various attachments to spray fine jets of water between the teeth. However, although effective for cleaning and plaque removal it could never have remedied my cracked roots.

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    Hi Dunk

    I was just meaning I would ensure they had the right insurance/liability cover and that all work carried out was covered - although I think it may also be prudent to ensure I have some of my own set up just in case - as claims can take an age these days and if I need work correcting I'd want it sort immediately.

    I'm pretty good at day to day care - just have very brittle teeth - possibly lack of Vit D as a child has been suggested by a few people I've seen for various things over the years.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    £2250 per tooth (including everything, X-rays, etc.) at my dentist in Weatherby, North Yorks. I have gone through it this year and am now waiting for my last appointment to have the teeth fitted to the titanium implants. Start to finish it will have taken 5 visits and 5 months, including 3 months for the bone to heal. It's almost painless, and the only thing is swelling for a couple of days. The procedure of having the implants fitted is an uncomfortable sensation, takes about 30 minutes per tooth (I had 3 done), and, like I said, is entirely painless.

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    Re: Cost of Dental Implants

    Quote Originally Posted by Omegamanic
    Quote Originally Posted by justin44
    Implants can cost upwards of 4k each. I work with specialist orthodontists and a couple of Prost do fists that do implants, where a bouts in the uk are you? Pm me.
    British Isles but not mainland UK I'm afraid so limited or a lot of travel involved for me. I have about 18 months to get everything sorted before I leave for Oz - I have a few issues and have been in pain for years, so decided to do something about it.
    If you know where you're going to settle in Oz why not do some research and get it done there. Both my wife and I have had fantastic quality dental work done in Oz (Adelaide), the work is much better than UK/European standards (that's coming from my UK Dentist) and the cost was almost half.

    Aftercare is as important as the initial works, you don't want to be in a position in 2 years when your UK dentist says "I'll fix it for free, it will take 4 treatments over 3 months, sorry, you can't come back for that long, too bad"

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    Also Scott, I know a fantastic cosmetic dentist in Thailand who (when he saw the work I'd had done) reckoned he could have done the same for approx. £5k.

    Save some money. A lot of it. And have an extended holiday. 8) Not far from Bangkok so easy to get to. PM me. I can fix you up with good accomodation too. :lol: :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tai Mi Shu
    Also Scott, I know a fantastic cosmetic dentist in Thailand who (when he saw the work I'd had done) reckoned he could have done the same for approx. £5k.

    Save some money. A lot of it. And have an extended holiday. 8) Not far from Bangkok so easy to get to. PM me. I can fix you up with good accomodation too. :lol: :wink:
    I have a friend who had a lot of work carried out in Thailand and it looks fantastic - he chipped one of them and the recommended dentist over here sorted it out for him too. All good, lots of options and I am sure I will be in touch with everyone who has given me lots of info before I commit to anything.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Just had one done in Glasgow - terrific experience all round at the "Scottish centre for excellence in Dentistry". Dr Ali's handiwork came in at £3500 for one implant. I think it was £2750 for the "apprentice" :) .

    Two more and I'm done!! :D

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    As others have said, dental work abroad is significantly cheaper than at home. :(

    No idea what implants would cost with my dentist in the Sinai, but a full check-up (includes a video of all your gnashers for future record :lol: ) with scrape and polish costs me about £8.

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    Someone in work was discussing this recently and the figure they were quoted for one tooth was £2800 i believe.

    I really should have been a dentist :D

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    this is an interesting subject for me at the moment, my eldest son was on the top deck of a double
    decker bus when it hit a low bridge! Apart from the facial scarring his teeth will be the next job to get sorted. Basically he can't have teeth fitted untill he's 18 when he may also need a bone graft where both teeth came out at the roots (one was removed from his nostrill during plastic surgery ! ) it will be good to see the compensation paid for a lifetimes dental work caused by the useless w@nk3r5! look at Derbyshire times on line and search 'bus crash Chesterfield ' 8th of Aprildental work caused by the useless w@nk3r5! look at Derbyshire times on line and search 'bus crash Chesterfield ' 8th of April

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    Quote Originally Posted by m4ckg
    this is an interesting subject for me at the moment, my eldest son was on the top deck of a double
    decker bus when it hit a low bridge! Apart from the facial scarring his teeth will be the next job to get sorted. Basically he can't have teeth fitted untill he's 18 when he may also need a bone graft where both teeth came out at the roots (one was removed from his nostrill during plastic surgery ! )
    :shock:

    I hoe he makes a full recovery! :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tai Mi Shu
    Quote Originally Posted by m4ckg
    this is an interesting subject for me at the moment, my eldest son was on the top deck of a double
    decker bus when it hit a low bridge! Apart from the facial scarring his teeth will be the next job to get sorted. Basically he can't have teeth fitted untill he's 18 when he may also need a bone graft where both teeth came out at the roots (one was removed from his nostrill during plastic surgery ! )
    :shock:

    I hoe he makes a full recovery! :shock:
    He'll be fine but its a 3 year plan with the dentist and hopefully less with the plastic surgeon. thanks anyway :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cool Hand Luke

    I really should have been a dentist :D
    Initially, not quite as profitable as you may think...

    Initial outlay :

    1) Course - 3 years @ £9k per year
    2) Time off work - approx. 2 days per month at least = 5 weeks all but the shouting = £5k-10K per year depending on salary
    3) Equipment needed to place implants = Approx. £15K
    4) Cost per implant to buy - depends on System used but at least £500
    5) Cost of "disposable" disposable surgical kit per patient per visit
    6) Cost of anaesthetist per visit if providing sedation (quite common)

    That is a rough "start-up cost" of up to £72k and the possibly as little as £500 profit per implant once the practice owner has taken their 50% cut! That's 144 implants to place before breaking even! To put this into perspective, I have referred at best 10 people this year for implants...

    Granted once you are up and running it is a much healthier proposition but getting there is a pricey business!!

    (all figures based on recent course costs and costs a colleague quoted from recently completing the first part of the course)

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    Quote Originally Posted by abooth2909
    Quote Originally Posted by Cool Hand Luke

    I really should have been a dentist :D
    Initially, not quite as profitable as you may think...

    Initial outlay :

    1) Course - 3 years @ £9k per year
    2) Time off work - approx. 2 days per month at least = 5 weeks all but the shouting = £5k-10K per year depending on salary
    3) Equipment needed to place implants = Approx. £15K
    4) Cost per implant to buy - depends on System used but at least £500
    5) Cost of "disposable" disposable surgical kit per patient per visit
    6) Cost of anaesthetist per visit if providing sedation (quite common)

    That is a rough "start-up cost" of up to £72k and the possibly as little as £500 profit per implant once the practice owner has taken their 50% cut! That's 144 implants to place before breaking even! To put this into perspective, I have referred at best 10 people this year for implants...

    Granted once you are up and running it is a much healthier proposition but getting there is a pricey business!!

    (all figures based on recent course costs and costs a colleague quoted from recently completing the first part of the course)
    Expensive start up costs maybe but still a growing market and payback in less than one implant per working day ;) Not an area I would have liked to get into though; at any price.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Tattoo Removal is where the money will be at. Mark (oor should that be "unmark" :lol: ) my words.
    Sorry for O/T.

    Teeth: :D There, back on topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tai Mi Shu
    Tattoo Removal is where the money will be at. Mark (oor should that be "unmark" :lol: ) my words.
    Sorry for O/T.

    Teeth: :D There, back on topic.
    Laser removal - hmmm

    OT - I was taken into one of those fish places were they nibble your feet the other day - in St Albans I think - very strange, tickled a lot at first and then it was ok - the place was non-stop busy! Surely the fish get full up :lol:

    Any way - more teeth, open wide :D
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    Re: Cost of Dental Implants

    Interesting that nobody so far suggested a visit to this lad :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR8tIjTy ... r_embedded

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    Quote Originally Posted by laser8
    Interesting that nobody so far suggested a visit to this lad :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR8tIjTy ... r_embedded
    Good sterile conditions and he seems to be a bit of a perfectionist in sizing and colour matching too ;)
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Following x-rays earlier today I now need root canal treatment on a tooth which is part of a triple bridge - so I need a new bridge as well - which will cost £1300 inclusive of the root canal. This is in addition to the costs of capping and bridging the new implants. I am wondering if I'll be able to retain my Sea Dweller ... or shall I sell some lesser watches? Decisions, decisions ... I think it'll be the lesser watches which will have to go.

    My dentist tried to access the root canal by drilling through the existing bridge today but he could not locate it and there was a risk of perforating the tooth - so he then said it has to be a "bridge-off" job which means destroying the bridge. I've been enduring severe toothache over the last 10 days whenever I eat and today the X-rays revealed the cause.

    dunk
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial
    Following x-rays earlier today I now need root canal treatment on a tooth which is part of a triple bridge - so I need a new bridge as well - which will cost £1300 inclusive of the root canal. This is in addition to the costs of capping and bridging the new implants. I am wondering if I'll be able to retain my Sea Dweller ... or shall I sell some lesser watches? Decisions, decisions ... I think it'll be the lesser watches which will have to go.

    My dentist tried to access the root canal by drilling through the existing bridge today but he could not locate it and there was a risk of perforating the tooth - so he then said it has to be a "bridge-off" job which means destroying the bridge. I've been enduring severe toothache over the last 10 days whenever I eat and today the X-rays revealed the cause.

    dunk
    Not good but I like sea dwellers-every cloud;-) but seriously good luck.hope its sorted soon :-)
    It's just a matter of time...

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    The proposed root canal treatment is no longer an option. When I went back to the dentist today with an abscess above the problem tooth, he discovered (after yet another X-ray) a hole in the tooth not visible previously - and it's in one of the teeth supporting the three tooth span bridge which is adjacent to the implants. The tooth next to it is not too good either - so both need to be extracted and two more implants fitted - but maybe one implant might suffice - won't know until after the extractions. This means that the four adjacent implants already in place cannot be bridged until the additional implant(s) are fitted and bonded with the jawbone ... and the proposed four tooth span bridge now becomes a seven tooth span bridge supported on up to six implants. It's getting rather expensive - and I still need four more implants on the lower jaw after the upper jaw is finished.

    I have always had regular dental check ups and over the past 7 years, prior to the implant work, spent at least £8K on private dental work with my previous dental surgeon. Prior to the current implant treatment commencing, I had extensive x-rays/radiographs done by my previous dentist, then in July and August last year more x-rays were done by Peterborough District Hospital, followed by yet more last September at Eastman Dental Hospital in London. These were followed by more radiographs done by my implant specialist over the last eight months during the current treatment. None of those x-rays revealed the full extent of the damage to my teeth under existing bridgework - that damage only became apparent when subsequent infections were investigated and the old bridgework was removed. In my case, having the current implant treatment done abroad 'to save money' would not have been a viable option because of all the additional appointments necessary to treat the unforeseen dental problems.

    When young we do not realise just how damaging certain foods and smoking can be to our teeth. If I had my time over again I'd eat more healthily and would not consider starting to smoke - but when aged 15 years most people I knew did smoke - so I followed their habit .. and my habit grew to well over 40 fags per day most days for the next 28 years.

    I will continue to have moans about the smoking habit and hopefully save a few people from ending up with teeth problems like mine. Our gums and teeth were not designed to be cope with all the chemicals present in tobacco smoke that smokers inflict upon themselves. Neither were they designed to cope with all the excess sugar present in our modern diets.

    dunk
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    Re: Cost of Dental Implants

    Quote Originally Posted by sundial
    The proposed root canal treatment is no longer an option. When I went back to the dentist today with an abscess above the problem tooth, he discovered (after yet another X-ray) a hole in the tooth not visible previously - and it's in one of the teeth supporting the three tooth span bridge which is adjacent to the implants. The tooth next to it is not too good either - so both need to be extracted and two more implants fitted - but maybe one implant might suffice - won't know until after the extractions. This means that the four adjacent implants already in place cannot be bridged until the additional implant(s) are fitted and bonded with the jawbone ... and the proposed four tooth span bridge now becomes a seven tooth span bridge supported on up to six implants. It's getting rather expensive - and I still need four more implants on the lower jaw after the upper jaw is finished.

    I have always had regular dental check ups and over the past 7 years, prior to the implant work, spent at least £8K on private dental work with my previous dental surgeon. Prior to the current implant treatment commencing, I had extensive x-rays/radiographs done by my previous dentist, then in July and August last year more x-rays were done by Peterborough District Hospital, followed by yet more last September at Eastman Dental Hospital in London. These were followed by more radiographs done by my implant specialist over the last eight months during the current treatment. None of those x-rays revealed the full extent of the damage to my teeth under existing bridgework - that damage only became apparent when subsequent infections were investigated and the old bridgework was removed. In my case, having the current implant treatment done abroad 'to save money' would not have been a viable option because of all the additional appointments necessary to treat the unforeseen dental problems.

    When young we do not realise just how damaging certain foods and smoking can be to our teeth. If I had my time over again I'd eat more healthily and would not consider starting to smoke - but when aged 15 years most people I knew did smoke - so I followed their habit .. and my habit grew to well over 40 fags per day most days for the next 28 years.

    I will continue to have moans about the smoking habit and hopefully save a few people from ending up with teeth problems like mine. Our gums and teeth were not designed to be cope with all the chemicals present in tobacco smoke that smokers inflict upon themselves. Neither were they designed to cope with all the excess sugar present in our modern diets.

    dunk
    Thanks for that Dunk - I hope it goes as well as possible. A good warning about going abroad, as you never know what additional work you may need - is any of this additional work covered by insurance? Would I be able to take out my own insurance so that if something similar happened I would be able to claim?
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegamanic
    Quote Originally Posted by sundial
    The proposed root canal treatment is no longer an option. When I went back to the dentist today with an abscess above the problem tooth, he discovered (after yet another X-ray) a hole in the tooth not visible previously - and it's in one of the teeth supporting the three tooth span bridge which is adjacent to the implants. The tooth next to it is not too good either - so both need to be extracted and two more implants fitted - but maybe one implant might suffice - won't know until after the extractions. This means that the four adjacent implants already in place cannot be bridged until the additional implant(s) are fitted and bonded with the jawbone ... and the proposed four tooth span bridge now becomes a seven tooth span bridge supported on up to six implants. It's getting rather expensive - and I still need four more implants on the lower jaw after the upper jaw is finished.

    I have always had regular dental check ups and over the past 7 years, prior to the implant work, spent at least £8K on private dental work with my previous dental surgeon. Prior to the current implant treatment commencing, I had extensive x-rays/radiographs done by my previous dentist, then in July and August last year more x-rays were done by Peterborough District Hospital, followed by yet more last September at Eastman Dental Hospital in London. These were followed by more radiographs done by my implant specialist over the last eight months during the current treatment. None of those x-rays revealed the full extent of the damage to my teeth under existing bridgework - that damage only became apparent when subsequent infections were investigated and the old bridgework was removed. In my case, having the current implant treatment done abroad 'to save money' would not have been a viable option because of all the additional appointments necessary to treat the unforeseen dental problems.

    When young we do not realise just how damaging certain foods and smoking can be to our teeth. If I had my time over again I'd eat more healthily and would not consider starting to smoke - but when aged 15 years most people I knew did smoke - so I followed their habit .. and my habit grew to well over 40 fags per day most days for the next 28 years.

    I will continue to have moans about the smoking habit and hopefully save a few people from ending up with teeth problems like mine. Our gums and teeth were not designed to be cope with all the chemicals present in tobacco smoke that smokers inflict upon themselves. Neither were they designed to cope with all the excess sugar present in our modern diets.

    dunk
    Thanks for that Dunk - I hope it goes as well as possible. A good warning about going abroad, as you never know what additional work you may need - is any of this additional work covered by insurance? Would I be able to take out my own insurance so that if something similar happened I would be able to claim?
    The insurance I mentioned previously is for the period after the implant work is finished and covers only premature failure of those implants - it does not cover additional defects discovered and requiring treatment during the implant programme. The implants in my case are offered with a 12 month guarantee by the implant specialist but that guarantee only comes into effect when the treatment plan is finished. The optional insurance I previously mentioned covers the period after the guarantee runs out. However, if you have an existing private medical insurance plan eg BUPA it might cover you for dental work and maybe some or all of the implant work - but would depend on the wording of the policy and the ££limits of the cover offered. I do not think any insurer would offer cover for 100% of the implant cost on a new dental insurance plan if the insured's teeth are in a poor state of repair at the commencement of the policy. But some medical insurance policies might offer limited assistance if they offer policies with 'no questions asked' cover.

    Best wishes

    dunk
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    It might be worth waiting a couple of years, if you can:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/ ... EI20110712

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    Scott, just work out how many Sea Dwellers the work would equate to :shock: .

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    Re: Cost of Dental Implants

    Quote Originally Posted by tomthumbring
    It might be worth waiting a couple of years, if you can:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/ ... EI20110712
    Could be a very long time to help me.

    How many Sea-dwellers??? Non of mine, I'd wear dentures 1st - only joking! Hopefully I will be able to fund it - just need to get yet another employee and get them both consulting full-time and weekends too ;)
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