Choice of systems to suit all budgets
We are aware that many people are prevented from having implant treatments due to the traditional high cost. Our aim is to allow access to this life changing treatment to as many people as possible. With this in mind, we offer a range of dental implant systems. We have extensive experience with all three systems and all three have a long track record of success.
Low cost – From £700 per implant, £1200 with crown
This is an American System which has been in production for 30 years. It is a basic system with only two parts which significantly reduces the engineering required in production and also, there are no specialized parts required to restore the implant with a crown or bridges. This reduces the cost to us for both parts and laboratory elements and it is this saving which we are able to pass on. I have cases which are 10+ years down the line and their success rates are just as good as any other system.
The system functions well but lacks sophistication when it comes to restoration with crowns. This may be relevant when the very best aesthetic outcome is required or there are quite a few implants. If there are very specific concerns then advice will be given as to better alternatives. Functionally, the system will work as well as any other. The abutment (the part visible in the mouth and to which the crown/bridge attaches needs to be shaped with a drill (similar to a tooth) and then an impression taken for the laboratory to make the crown. With other systems, there are specific components where the laboratory do all of this but these extra components are what increases the price.
Mid-range cost – From £900 per implant, £1600 with crown
This system is more sophisticated than the American system which can make a difference in aesthetically sensitive cases or cases where there are multiple implants. It is similar to the most expensive system but it is a French copy, enabling the cost of the implants and restorative parts to be much less. This system would generally be recommended in more complex cases as a lower cost alternative to the most expensive system.
There is not quite the range of parts the Swiss system has and not the quality and quantity of scientific documentation over many years. It is, however well documented, successful and is a well engineered and quality product. In the most complex situations, the more expensive option may well give a better range of treatment options. Patients would be advised if this was the case. Aesthetic outcomes cannot be controlled as easily as System 3, which may be
important to indivdual cases.
Top of the range – from £1400 per implant, £2420 with crown
This system is manufactured in Switzerland to the highest engineering standards. There are a wide variety of implants and different ways to attach the crown/bridges to the implant to enable the best possible choice for each individual circumstance. In complex aesthetic cases and multiple restorations, the range of parts and degree of precision engineering can give a significant advantage. This system has the most scientific documentation and continued research and is one of the biggest selling systems worldwide. All elements of this system are top of the range and represent the current state of the art.
Basically cost. The research, engineering and country of origin all contribute to making this one of the most expensive systems around which is reflected in the overall cost to the patient.
All systems can be used to retain overdentures. In the majority of cases this would be two locator abutments but where more sophisticated systems were required, the patient would be advised as to suitability of any particular system for their circumstances. The cost of the locator abutment would be added to the cost of the implants (£120 each, the locator system is independent of implant manufacturers and does not have a lower cost option).