Are Dental Implants Available on the NHS?

Dear sir, 
Six months ago I was ‘jumped’ by two people. Among the injuries sustained where two healthy front teeth knocked clean out. Since the assault, I have eventually had a partial denture fitted. I have already nearly swallowed them twice, I have difficulty eating with them in and have lost over a stone in weight. I really cannot deal with them. I have tried Polygrip etc. but this makes the situation worse. I am currently on ESA since the incident as I’m unable to work due to other injuries. Am I able to be treated for implants on the NHS? I have very little money. If so, how would I go about getting referred? Your advise would be greatly appreciated.

Hello, I’m very sorry to hear about what happened to you. As far as I am aware dental implants are not available on the NHS, but it is worth speaking to your dentist to see what can be done. There are payment plans available as an option to help with the costs of dental work, so it might be worth asking about those too. Thank you for your question. 
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  1. Rhonda says:

    After 21 years with an upper posterior 3 tooth bridge, I,ve been informed that the back tooth is now decayed and needs extracting! I am looking at implant replacement and have been told that the bridge can be cut and the front abutment tooth can be crowned separately whilst the back teeth to be placed will need a bone graft and sinus lift. is the bone grafting possible after 21 years without a tooth 2nd from the back. Or would it be easier just toreplace the whole bridge with a new implant bridge……Many thanks

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Are dental implants available on the NHS?

Q. im 26 years old and all my teeth are crumberling in my mouth and my front 1s are startin to go black i have quiet big teeth and there the first thing you see on me is there any chance i could get inplants on the nhs,
A. I would try to save the teeth if possible – this can be through an NHS dentist. If you need implants the only option on the NHS would be through one of the dental teaching hospitals
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  1. elln nash says:

    Dear docter glaister. i am wrighting to ask if you can get dental implants on N.H.S, i am 46 and hae no teeth i hae dentures but cannot get on with them. i hae a desease called takayasu,s arterites which means pulseless deseas. so i am unabl to work so i could not afford to get a mouthful. the dentues are making me heath and sick each time i put thm in . i have relly tried and cant get usd to them. would be greatful if u can let me no. as i am getting relly depressed and have no confedence at all, it is relly haing a ffect on my life.

  2. sarah clarke says:

    due to my gums shrinking i have lost five front top and four bottom teeth and many others are coming loose.
    im 36 and single and i am not only loosing confidence each day but im also have great difficulty with my dentures. They wont stay in without using polygrip which makes me gag daily, and this is also affecting my weight, i have lost half a stone since having the dentures a year ago. I cannot afford cosmetic dentistry, is there any way possible i can have this done on the nhs?. I have not concidered going on a date since having these dentures and to be honest iv never felt so selfcontious and depressed, please could you advice me
    many thanks

  3. sarah says:

    i was hit by a car on 11/06/09 my front tooth fell out when i was recving treament for my head in frenchay they told me i would get a implant on the nhs after 5 months of going backwards and fowards theyve told me i have to go private i really dont understand could you please help

  4. nuala says:

    i lost a front tooth cant wear a denture cant eat cant sleep soo depressed and im ready to take a over dose!! Can the NHS halp me with a inplant cost ??

  5. Nikki says:

    I fell 40 feet from a faulty balcony which resulted in me loosing 3 teeth. Im 20 years old, full-time student. Is there any way the NHS can help me with implants cost?

  6. Gabrielle says:

    Hi, I was assulted 3 years ago which resulted in the loss of three front upper teeth. 3 years on i still feel alot of pain n havent had implants because i simply cant afford the treatment, is there any way the nhs could provide me with the treatment?

  7. Arthur says:

    You could try getting your dentist to refer you to a hospital that carries out implants.

  8. Javier says:

    Is it possible to do a molar implant 7 months after the natural tooth has been extracted?

  9. Brayden says:

    Yes, its usually good to wait 4-6 months for the bone to heal. You will probably need a scan prior to treatment to measure the bone first.

  10. Cora says:

    Is it possible to have implants while taking Warfarin for AF. Thank you.

  11. Andrea says:

    Yes but you need to check your INR before treatment to make sure the levels are acceptable

  12. Elvis says:

    I’ve had an implant fitted abt 3 months ago. In the last month I have had a fairly constant ache on the side of my neck (the same side as the implant) Could there be a connection? Please adise. Many thanks

  13. Jewel says:

    Where can I get one fair priced implant with two bridgeing teeth for my top lelf sideover the years I have had to have teeth extracted or the Dentist has extracted the teeth i have one tooth lelf and one bridge which has become loose and needs to be replaced I have been to see my dentist within the last few weeks but the cost was just too much,because Im 61years I am just above the level for help from NHS. I do hope you can help me. thank you very much I would just like to smile and not be embarrassed.

  14. Imani says:

    Please research dentists offering dental implants in your area and you can compare their level of service, customer care, expertise and fees.

  15. Chris says:

    hello, i am in need of dental implants, but i dont think i will be able to receive the treatment through the nhs, can i ask you for an approx price for the overal cost of implants for 4 front teeth. i am considering applying for a dental loan, but im not sure of cost. im 33 years of age and in general good health. this problem arose about 12 years ago i was involved in an accident, i had a dental bridge fitted, but now i have lost 2 teeth from the bridge, ive now had a denture for the 2 missing teeth, but now the other 2 teeth are becoming loose, and i also find it very difficult to wear dentures, many thanks.

  16. Ashley says:

    You’re right implants aren’t available on the NHS. As a guide you will need to budget from £6000-8000 depending on the number of implant fixtures required

  17. Kaley says:

    hi im a 35 year old woman, and i have two very protruding front teeth, im attending a nhs dental hospital, and i have had a very long wait, to recieve braces, its been 4 years, i still havent recieved braces as i have advanced gum disease, having had to wait all this time, they are now saying that braces might not work, wouid i be eligible for dental implants on the nhs,. this problem has been affecting my self confidience for years, and seems to be getting worse rather than better, they have said that dentures couid be an option, but feel i am too young to have dentures, please help,

  18. Victor says:

    You’ll need to speak to the dentists at the hospital unfortunately implants aren’t usually available on the NHS so you might have to pay privately

  19. Allison says:

    If I was to Have my top 2 teeth out and implants put in what is the average time scale from start to finish including recovery time, I am in the army and I will soon be having around 2 months on leave,

  20. Kaden says:

    On average 3-4 months but it depends on the condition of the bone around the teeth to be removed

  21. Maxine says:

    Hi I’m a 41 yr old woman. Over the years I’ve lost both sides of my top teeth they were taken out due to abscess And after having children I lost calcium in my teeth. When I smile there’s a big gap which I’m self conscious about. I don’t want Dentures the thought makes me feel bad and low, does anyone know anywhere that does implants on a pay monthly basis something like that.

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  23. Leah says:

    If you can’t afford implants then speak to your dentist about fixed bridges or even a denture. You could then have implants in the future if you’re suitable.

  24. Jackson says:

    three years ago i was involed in a accsadent which caused my front tooth to fall out.i went to my local dentits who plased my tooth strate back into my gum.i never had no problams until last week iwas eating something hard which mad my tooth move now the tooth more lose snd feels as if its ready to fall out.i went back to dentit yesterday they x-ray the tooth and said the bone qualitey was no good and offerd to remove the tooth and suppliy a denture can you please advise me what are my best options and is it possabel to keep my own tooth and can nhs pay for this treatment if not how much do it cost. thank you.

  25. Devan says:

    The NHS will not pay for implants, and unfortunately it sounds like your tooth is too far gone to keep.

  26. roberta child says:

    i am 33 and have no teeth,it started wen i was 18, i was in my first relashoship with a extremly violent man and during a beating he knocked out 2 of me teath and split my mouth aopen inside and out,i recieved medical attetion for me face but was to scared to follow up because my partner made me believe it was my fault and the dentist wudnt help me he then went on to knock out aother tooth all from my top teeth after this i gave up on myself ad became a recluse i hadve to children by this man and after enduring 17 years of pyshical mental an emotional abuse i have finnally broke free of him i went to a nhs dentist who told me my only option was to have all my teath removed and have a denture,so i did this andsince then my life has plummetted i am so isolated because i can not bearto speak to people not even a dentist i am so ashamed of the way i look i think iwud rather be suffering at the hands of my expartner thango through my life with dentures i am not in a position to pay foor implants an doubt i ever will be is there anything u can advise me to do

  27. Ben says:

    My wife knocked her top front teeth out and the roots are still in her gums although you can’t see them, she has an appointment at the dentist tomorrow to assess her options, she is devestated and refuses to leave the house incase anyone sees her, if she opts for the bridge at the dentist tomorrow roughly how long will it take to get it fitted, or can she get tempory dentures fitted until then,

  28. STEPHANIE BELL says:

    Which london teaching hospitals are able to do teeth imlants nhs or private/

  29. sean says:

    hi i have at a front tooth missing, had a fake venner on the post before having an implant for some reason, anyway the verneer felt great the shape was great, thats the problem now i aint being stupid it just that the teeth that i have had aint the right shape, so feel wrong, i know this sounds like its all in my head. But i had 1 tooth in 6 years of trying to find the right shape tooth tooth and that got damaged and replaced, i should have got impressions of the tooth before it was replaced so they could copy it, now i am back to square 1,

  30. Fiona Marie says:

    I am nearly 41 years old and lost virtually most of my teeth, I have a denture but find it hard to wear I would really love to have dental implants done but I simply cant afford it, its there anyway I can get them done through NHS, I dont mind paying some of the cost but I cant afford to pay for them privately any information would be very much appreciated.

    Many thanks

  31. Tre says:

    I was just wondering if I can have implants as I have got alot of missing teeth and if it could be done under sedation on the nhs. thank you

  32. paul says:

    hi iv also lost most of my teeth im 43 and depressed because i just cant get used to top set of of the dentists mentioned a training school to get implants done could you name a few schools who do it because iv searched everywere.thanks

  33. Phil says:

    I’m just wondering I if there is anyway of getting free upper . all on 4’s or impants as I only have 3 front and 1 each side at the back of my mouth I where dentures at the moment which I have for the past 6 months I’m always haveing to take out as it knocks me sick a lot whilst wearing them. It’s hard times and looking of to get the amont of money they asking would take me 5 years. Is what I’m asking could I get on the nhs or via a dental teaching collage.



  34. Rowan Ross says:


    I was and still am a recovering alcoholic. I wasted my teeth during some years of excessive years of vodka and fat coke. I was most unwell at the time! My wife had affair in the most bizarre sense.

    Are we really saying that someone under these conditions cannot access dental help via implants from NHS? Especially when they have been treated and turned the corner. In an emotional sense.



  35. alisa jeffrey says:

    i was wondering what dentistry schools in london area perform inplants for reduced rates or for free, as am a single mum of 3, my dentist does not want to know, ive discovered money seems to talk in the world of dentistry, any suggestions would be really appreciated.

  36. Jack McCord says:

    I am 64 years old and have only two teeth left, I cannot get on with dentures. Is there any training school that I could go too to get implants

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