Cosmetic dentist Dr Brendan Murphy answers some of your questions, particularly about dental costs, from this week’s inbox.
We receive a lot of enquiries at Appletree Dental Care via the dentist contact form on this website. Feel free to contact us with your own!
Question: I would like to find out what’s the rough cost of a dental implant – Jacqueline, Glasgow
Answer: In answer to Jacqueline’s question about the cost of an implant tooth or an implant crown – the costs vary from £1850 to £1950 and the difference is really are regarding the porcelain we use and some of the laboratory procedures. There are sometimes additional costs involving grafting. If we need to use what we call local graft materials then they would cost £250 but that’s not necessary for everybody. It can be more necessary for patients who have had their teeth taken out some time ago.
Question: I have heard about Six Month Smiles. Can I spread the cost over a period of time? – Robert, Glasgow
Answer: The payment plans for Robert, who is looking for Six Month Smiles, are broadly speaking two options the first option is to pay as you go which would normally involve a £700 down payment and then £300 for six months if he’s only having one arch, say for example, an upper jaw or a lower jaw treatment then the costs are £2000 which are spread over six months in terms of a £500 down payment followed by five £300 payments. The other option for six month smiles is you would take finance which can be taken out over as little as one year and for as long as maybe three years or four years and the interest rates may vary on the longer terms but broadly speaking the one year is the best option because it is zero percent finance.
Question: I would like porcelain veneers. Are there payment options available? – Jennifer, Bearsden
Answer:Jennifer, who is looking for cosmetic dentistry involving porcelain work. Most of those treatments are taken out over a period of 12 months to 18 months in terms of the payments and again finance on interest free up to one year is quite an attractive option for that too.
As you will see many of the questions which come into us concern the cost of private dental treatments.
We are happy to respond to the question of fees openly and transparently. You can also find a list of dental prices on this site.
Dr Murphy is a registered with the General Dental Council which monitors the standards of dentistry in the UK.