Dentists Offering Mini-dental Implants

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Mini-dental implants are made extremely attractive by the simplicity of the procedure by which they are inserted, and their dramatically reduced costs. This particular class of implants is available to a broader range of people thanks to these traits, and more and more people are taking advantage of mini-dental implant technology to stabilise dentures to make them more comfortable and effective.

In this article we look at the provision of mini-dental implants here in the UK.

Mini-dental implants from private dentistry

Like most other dental procedures here in the UK, mini-dental implants are available through private dentistry. Despite some exceptions, most dental care is provided privately here in the UK.

Mini-implant procedures can be obtained through many different dentists, particularly cosmetic dentists and oral surgeons who specialise in this kind of procedure. When looking at private dentists for this particular type of procedure, it is important to make sure that you are receiving the treatment from a dentist experienced in the provision of implant surgeries. Oral surgeons in particular will have a wealth of experience in this particular area.

Mini-implant surgeries are markedly less expensive than the equivalent procedure performed with full sized implants, typically costing about half the price of their sister surgeries. Many private clinics will offer the option of covering costs through a payment plan which can be a more flexible way of paying for the surgery.

The costs of mini-implant procedures in the private sector will vary depending on the experience of the dentist, the location of their practice (which influences running costs), and the implants used. It is always advisable to look at a number of different options before picking a dentist for the procedure, and the internet can be an invaluable source of reviews and opinions that can help you make the right choice for you.

Mini-dental implants from the NHS

Mini-implants can be potentially provided on the NHS in circumstances where there is a distinct medical need for the procedure. Guidelines which drive policies on implant provision on the NHS emphasise this point, and examples of situations where the NHS may fund this type of implant include cleft palate treatments and instances where people under the age of 30 have lost a significant number of their teeth.

Whether mini-dental implants in particular will be applied in these instances will depend on a number of different factors, most particularly whether these implants are considered the most medically relevant and effective and the policies of the NHS Trust in question. Trusts in the UK possess a certain amount of autonomy when it comes to deciding which treatments to offer, and it is worth finding out what your local Trust’s policies are in this area.

There are a number of different high quality providers of mini-dental implant procedures here in the UK, and in some instances it is possible to receive the treatment on the NHS as described above. There is, of course, the option of going abroad for procedures like this, and a number of countries are known as reputable locations for ‘dental holidays’.

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