Prices of dental implants fall in the UK but many patients are still being ripped off

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The results of the Dental Implant Cost Survey 2012 are in and prices in the UK are falling, however due to a lack of consumer information many patients are still being ripped off. One dentist surveyed was charging £2,505 more than a competitor in the same neighbourhood.

Dental Implant Advisory have released the results of its Dental Implant Cost Survey 2012. The survey looks at price trends for dental implants and also examines the state of dental tourism. Full results fo the survey can be seen at http://dentimplants.co.uk/index.php/dental-implants/dental-implants-cost. This year the survey highlighted the following trends:

◦Average price of a dental implant in the UK has fallen to £1,868
◦The most striking finding was the range of prices being charged. Prices for a single implant charged by two clinics located less than two miles apart varied by £2,505.
◦Dental implants are now available in the UK for £995. The price reduction has been driven by 2 factors. More clinics are providing implants exclusively. These clinics are more likely to compete on the basis of price. We have also seen several foreign dentists establish clinics in London in recent years. They are willing to provide implants for a lower price.
◦On average dental implants are cheapest in Scotland and London. The average price in Scotland was brought down by a number of low cost clinics operating in its main cities. Price competition amongst a growing number of clinics has driven the price down in London.
◦Wales is the most expensive place for dental implants in the UK. Other expensive regions include the Midlands, Northern Ireland, the North East and Yorkshire.
◦Average prices in the South East, South West and North West were in line with the national average.

Dental Tourism
◦The average cost of a dental implant in Hungary is now £749.
◦The availability of cheap dental implants in the UK means less people are travelling to Hungary to have dental implants fitted.
◦Dental tourism has moved on to its second stage. As the cost savings are not as big, patients are less willing to travel. A number of Hungarian dentists have established clinics in London to make up for the shortfall. This has contributed further to lower prices in the UK.

Following are the results of the survey. The range is the difference between the lowest and highest price charged for a dental implant in a region:

--------------------------------------Average £---------------Range £

Scotland-------------------------------1575-------------------1600

London---------------------------------1633-------------------2505

North West----------------------------1838-------------------1400

South West----------------------------1843-------------------1750

South East-----------------------------1852------------------1905

North East & Yorkshire-------------1981------------------1000

Northern Ireland--------------------- 1984---------------------50

Midlands-------------------------------1960-------------------2105

Wales-----------------------------------2280--------------------550

Total-------------------------------------1868------------------2605

Hungary----------------------------------749--------------------248

The Survey

The study was conducted in August 2012. Our sample consisted of 100 cosmetic dentists in the UK and Hungary. We have selected our UK regional sample based on population. We have interviewed a number of clinics as part of the process, particularly to find out the latest developments on dental tourism.

Dental Implant Advisory

Dental Implant Advisory is a new UK business which helps dental implant patients to find affordable dental implant clinics. We can also assist with dental tourism arrangements. For more information, see our website - http://dentimplants.co.uk

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