Attractive, natural-looking teeth help us look and feel our best. They let us enjoy the foods we love and they allow us to be naturally confident. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. This is because each and every gap potentially poses problems to your long-term dental health. In fact, even one missing tooth can ultimately lead to the loss of additional teeth and, ultimately, a permanent change in your facial appearance.
What is a dental implant?Dental implants are artificial roots that serve as a replacement for missing teeth. Research indicates that dental implants' biocompatible surfaces actually stimulate the required fusion with the bone. Once that has been achieved, the crown, bridge or whole tooth replacement can be fixed to the implant to feel and function like natural teeth. Implants act like your natural tooth roots and support your individually made ceramic crown, bridge or denture.
Can anyone have dental implants?Good health is the primary deciding factor. There are some medical conditions where implants will not be appropriate. Diabetes, osteoporosis and high blood pressure for example, can all affect the success of dental implants. Smoking can cause problems with the healing process, so other options maybe more suitable if you're a smoker. In healthy older patients, the prospects of success are virtually the same as for younger patients. We offer a full consultation with our implant dentist, to evaluate what solution is best for you.
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Advantages of dental implants.• Act like a natural tooth root, giving you confidence and restoring your quality of life.
• Accepted by your body as they are made of biocompatible materials.
• Maintain natural bone and minimise further bone loss - one of their most important features.
• Your implant can last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene.
• Accepted by dentists for over 40 years as a successful and trusted method of tooth replacement.
• Minimally invasive as your adjacent healthy teeth are untouched, unlike conventional bridges.
• Provide stability and comfort with no adjustment necessary after placement.
Prices:Implant Consultation: £50
Implant: from £2000
Implant retained crown (1 tooth): from £500
Implant retained bridge (2 or more teeth): from £500 per tooth
Implant retained dentures: from £1000
The treatment process• Consultation
Our implant dentist will assess your requirements and your suitability to the procedures and advise on a suitable solution. You'll have every opportunity to ask questions and we welcome this, to ensure you are completely comfortable with the procedure.
• Pre treatment planning
We'll take an x-ray to show whether the jawbone is sufficiently healthy and of the right thickness to support the implant.
• Placing the implant
This is performed quickly and under local anesthetic, so is relatively pain free. A cut is made into the gum and a small hole drilled into the jawbone. The implant is then fitted into this hole. If you are particularly anxious then a sedative can be given to help you relax, this can be discussed and explained at your consultation.
• Biological integration
You will then need to allow time for the mouth to heal and to ensure the implant integrates into the jaw bone - this takes approximately 3 months. To hide any gaps in your teeth during this period, you can have a bridge or partial dentures fitted, or your own complete dentures can be adjusted.
• Final teeth
Once the implant has ‘taken’ you will need to attend for a smaller surgical procedure where the new artificial tooth will be fitted onto the implant. At this stage, the implant will be checked to ensure it fits properly, is comfortable and matches your other teeth.
AftercareIt is important to ensure you adopt a good oral hygeine routine and attend for regular check-ups, just as you would for your other teeth. One of the best things about dental implants is they do not require any special care that you wouldn’t give your ordinary teeth.