Dental Implants Needed in the UK

Cosmetic Dentistry & Dental Implants Needed in the UKUK residents are missing an astonishing total of over 100 million teeth — which averages out to just over two missing teeth per person. Over half (57%) of UK adults have missing teeth — and overall, they’re missing an average of four teeth per person.

And here’s another shocker: 20% of those with missing teeth said their dentist had never mentioned that dental implants were a treatment option.

We had the whole team together for a major meeting when Julie shared this bit of trivia with the group. We spent a few moments considering it.

“What happened to them?” Colleen asked, confused. “Where did they all go?”

“It must be all the soccer hooligans getting their teeth knocked out,” Matt declared.

“And you might have heard that the NHS dental care system can make getting a dentist appointment awfully challenging,” Julie added.

The group marveled for a moment that the stereotypes of the differences between British and American teeth really are based in fact.

I haven’t been to a dental trade show in the UK, but I’ve heard that they’re distinctly different from their American counterparts. In the US, you see a lot of dental implants on display. In the UK, you’ll see a lot more dentures and dental bridges.

Earlier in the day, the founder of a major US dental lab had been telling us about the changing face of that industry. Dental labs used to typically be mom-and-pop affairs, not so different from a traditional mom-and-pop dental practice. But their numbers have been steadily eroding, and national dental laboratory corporations have been growing.

It turns out that many UK residents aren’t particularly impressed with US cosmetic dentistry. They scoff that our perfect teeth look like dentures — except, of course, they probably wear more dentures per capita than we do!

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  • Kim Henry

    It is true. I took my staff to a National dental convention in Birmingham, England, thinking it would a be good learning experience. Wrong! The quality of dentistry was abysmal. One of the staff lectures was actually “What to do if your dentist comes to work drunk.”

    Like you say, most all labs on the convention floor were exhibiting dentures and partials. Very little implant lab work was on display.

    Met a British mom with a daughter in severe posterior crossbite. Advised her to start correction immediatley on this age-critical case. Guess what the mother said? She could pay for it out of pocket, but she preferred to wait to apply to some County Health Board, because there was a chance the government might pay for the orthodontic correction if the occlusion was “severe enough.” No doubt the case is a surgical one now.

    Socialism stifle quality of care, no question about it.

  • unfortunately the uk government health body, the NHS, does not provide for cosmetic dental procedures. if it is a treatment to ensure/protect/maintain oral hygene then yes they’ll fork out, if and when you can get an appointment for the procedure. your only other option is to go private, in which case you need to take out a small loan to be able to afford their fees, or fly into europe and go private somehwere less expensive than the UK.

  • I’ve been a hygienist for many years. Mainly, Brits just don’t have the same attitude about dental care and appearance and never have. It’s slowly changing. Just look at some of the British actors. At one time people spent more on sugar and sweets than on toothbrushes and toothpaste.

    Kathryn Harwood

  • Crawford Bain

    Having worked for 20 years in the UK and 20 years between US and Canada both in general and specialist practice (perio/pros and implants) , I have been able to observe changes in both places. It may seem paradoxical but in some ways UK is ahead of the US and Canada. The UK has had socialised dentistry since 1948. Initially an excellent and hig paying plan, eroded almost every year since. (the NHS fee for a one surface amalgam only got back to the 1948 level in 1970!. In the last 10 years many UK patient are starting to realise you only get what you pay for and the interest in higher level care is on the increase. My experience in North America has been that a similar erosion of benefits in Private Dental Insurence (how many plans still pay for 4 one hour hygiene maintenance visits a year?)has left some patients with an “NHS mentality” ie “if its not covered I dont need/want it”. The potential in the UK is enormous since the typical baby boom patient who have only had basic second rate care in the past has significant problems but having often just got their kids off their hands and buried their parents now have significant disposable income, dont want dentures and realise the NHS will not cover the level of care they want. I expect that as US/Canadian plans continue to get watered down patients there will also “see the light” and demand will increase, though having had a generally higher standard in the past the needs for major rehabilitation are likely less.

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