There are now many dentists and practitioners (some good, some not so good) offering dental implants and prices seem to vary between different practices. To date, there is no restriction on which dentists can place implants. On the face of it this could be good for competition but it can be very confusing and difficult to compare one practice with another. If the price is cheap there is a reason for this!
We would recommend finding a dentist that has placed at least 500 implants. The number of implants placed is probably the best indication of experience. At York Dental Implant Centre, Robert has placed over 3000 implants.
Many dentists have taken considerable time and effort to gain additional qualifications and have had to pass rigorous exams. However, you need to check what the qualification is:
There are hundreds of dental implant systems on the market. There are very real differences in the performance and scientific literature between different systems. This often accounts for the biggest differences in cost. You should choose a leading system, even if this costs more, as the implants need to be life-long.
At York Dental Implant Centre, Robert Glover has used the Astratech system for many years, as it is the system with the longest scientific research base. You can look on the Astra website here.
Is the success rate quoted for the implant system they are currently using? Robert has achieved a success rate of 99.7%, taking account of all implant placements he has done! (over 3000).
Is this only available during treatment or is there a system in place for long-term (years) care and review? Is there an out of hours number to put you in touch with an experienced implant dentist?
At York Dental Implant Centre, we provide personal, long-term care for you and your implants and are happy for you to contact us out of hours.
This is really a whole subject in itself. Laws and standards vary very much from one country to another and it can be difficult to understand the different systems. Different implants are often used in other countries, which means if you ever have a problem, however small, you will have to travel back to the country that provided the implants. Dental implant treatment often involves a number of appointments spread over many months. Are you prepared to travel to the other country on multiple occasions?
Call us now to book a Dental Implant consultation – 01904 623436