What are the benefits of Implants?
Why are dental implants used and what are the benefits of restoring missing teeth with implants over other options:
Closest replacement to your natural teeth. Implants are strong and stable, look, feel and function like natural tooth. Other options may interfere with everyday activities such as eating, smiling and speaking.
A long-term solution. Dental implants can last for a number of years when properly placed and cared for over time.
Carrying out everyday activities. No need to feel uncomfortable embarrassed or worry about missing teeth. Implants are fixed options that that will not limit your ability of everyday activities and you no longer need to worry about loose dentures that will fall out/move when you talk, eat or laugh.
Maintaining healthy bone. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to natural bone loss. When it is not being used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone deteriorates, losing its strength and firmness. Dental implants preserve natural bone and prevent rapid bone loss at sites with missing teeth.
Keeping your teeth in your mouth. Dental implants allow you to keep your teeth in your mouth and there is no need to remove them after meals or at bedtime.
Speech. It may be that you find if hard to adjust to removable dentures and sometimes it can be a struggle to pronounce everyday words. Implants function like natural teeth and therefore speech is unaffected.
Eating. Enjoy your favorite foods without hesitation, implants allow you to bite naturally into any foods and unlike dentures you can experience the full taste of your food (leaves the roof of your mouth uncovered)
Protecting your existing healthy teeth. Placing a tooth-supported bridge may sometimes require smoothening/grinding away the surface of adjacent teeth (to the missing tooth or teeth) thereby destroying healthy tooth surfaces (to allow a replacement tooth hang off the tooth neighboring the missing space). Dental implants are within the jawbone and do not affect neighboring healthy teeth. They also help prevent healthy, adjacent teeth from drifting into the empty space.
How many implants do I need?
Dental implants can be used to replace anywhere from a single tooth, to several missing teeth or an entire set of teeth. All the common forms of tooth replacement, such as bridges or dentures can be supported by dental implants.
If you are missing one natural tooth, then one implant will be needed to provide a replacement. However for larger spaces created by two, three or more missing teeth it is not necessary to have one implant per tooth. The exact number of implants will depend on a number of factors including the quality and volume of bone at each potential implant site. To replace a full set of teeth 4 implants are normally used per arch.
Full details will be discussed in your initial consultation.
How much do implants cost?
Bone Graft £500
Bridge From £1400
Full Arch Restoration From £2200