About dental implants

A dental implant is a long-term, discreet solution for replacing missing or failing teeth. Having missing teeth can impact the way you eat and speak, which can knock your confidence.

A dental implant itself is a titanium screw that is placed directly into your jawbone, replacing your missing tooth root. After it’s fitted, the bone surrounding your implant will gradually fuse to it, holding the implant firmly in place. A false tooth (a crown or denture) is then fitted to the top of the implant. The false tooth or teeth are similar in shape, size and colour to your existing teeth, meaning your implant will blend in naturally with your smile.

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How much do dental implants cost?

The average cost of a dental implant in the UK is £2,4151, but the cost of implants varies from person to person depending on your individual needs. Your dentist will talk you through all the costs during your assessment.

Dental implants aren’t generally available on the NHS and most people need to pay for treatment privately. In very rare cases, implants might be available on the NHS, for example if you have suffered from mouth cancer. You should speak to your dentist if you think you might qualify for NHS implants.

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Dental implant procedure

Dental implants are usually fitted during two separate procedures. The first being to fit the implant itself into the jawbone, and then the next four to eight months later to fit your new permanent tooth or teeth onto the implant.

You’ll usually be able to have the procedure in your local practice, under a local anaesthetic. If you feel particularly anxious about the treatment, your dentist might be able to offer you sedation to help you relax during the procedure.

Who are dental implants for?

Dental implants are suitable for most adults who are in good health, but there are some lifestyle habits that may affect your suitability, such as if you smoke, have gum disease or have had radiotherapy around your jaw. You can’t have dental implants if you’re under 18 because the jawbone is still growing.

Before you have implant treatment, you’ll need a clinical assessment with an implant dentist to check you’re suitable. They’ll assess your mouth, take X-rays and go through a full medical history to make sure implants are the right solution for you.

Some people don’t have enough bone in their jaw to hold an implant naturally, which means you may need a supporting treatment before having an implant placed, like a bone graft or a sinus lift. If this is needed, your dentist will go through the process with you in detail and make sure you’re fully informed about the procedure.

What are the different types of dental implants?

The type of implant treatment you need depends on a several factors including how many teeth you want to restore and what your treatment aims are. There are different types of implant treatment available, including:

  • Single or multiple implants
  • Implant-supported bridges
  • Implant-retained dentures
  • Smile in a day treatment

Your dentist will talk you through the different options available to you during your clinical assessment.

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Benefits of dental implants

Many people choose to have dental implants because they’re discreet and long-lasting. We know people feel self-conscious if they have missing teeth. With an implant, hopefully you can get your confidence back - whether it’s in your smile, how you eat or when you talk.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Discreet: Implants are matched to the shape, shade and size of your other teeth, so they look natural and feel comfortable
  • Fixed and long-lasting: Implants can last as long as your natural teeth as long as they’re cared for properly. They’re also fixed into your jawbone, so you don’t need to worry about removing them like you do with other solutions, such as dentures
  • Prevents bone loss: Dental implants function like natural teeth, stimulating your jaw and preventing bone loss
  • Restores function: You’ll be able to enjoy all your favourite foods which you might not be able to with missing teeth, like apples and meat. They also don’t impact your speech.

Why choose Bupa Dental Care for your implant?

At Bupa Dental Care, you can be sure that you’re in the hands of an experienced implant dentist. Some of the benefits of choosing us for implants include:
  • Bupa Dental Care is the number one provider of private dental care in the UK2
  • We currently have more than 2753 practices offering dental implants across the UK
  • We offer a range of implant treatments across our practices, from single implants to full-arch restorations. If you need complex care, you’ll usually be able to have your treatment at a practice in the Bupa Dental Care network
  • We offer a one-year guarantee on our implant treatment
  • Access modern technology including intraoral scanners and 3D CBCT scans at a number of our practices
  • We offer transparency from start to finish. We’ll talk to you upfront about the cost of implants and what to expect, so you have clear expectations for treatment

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† Terms and conditions: 1. £1,995 price point includes the cost of a single implant, abutment and cement retained porcelain crown. 2. Prior to treatment commencing, patients need a clinical assessment to confirm their suitability for dental implant treatment. This is an additional charge of £125, which is redeemable if the patient goes ahead with treatment and is refunded on treatment completion. A COVID-19 safety tariff will apply. 3. Prices and options for any further treatment or appointments may vary depending on location and suitability. 4. Patients must be aged 18 or over.

*1. Free consultations are to discuss options and suitability for treatment. Subsequent clinical examinations and diagnostic tests required, and any associated costs will be discussed prior to treatment commencing. 2. Consultations subject to availability.

1.Association of Dental Implantology via

2. LaingBuisson, Dentistry UK Market Report, 5th ed. If you require verification, please email

3. Correct as of April 2021

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