A dental implant is a method of cosmetic dentistry used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that is surgically implanted into the bone in your jaw to replace the root of the tooth. Dental implants are an effective alternative to loose fitting uncomfortable dentures and they offer many health and aesthetic benefits. A missing tooth might not be causing you problems now, but long term it could cause you a number of issues.

 

Why Do I Need A Dental Implant?

If you are missing teeth, or your teeth are badly decayed, an implant can restore your smile and return function. Tooth loss can be the result of many things, including gum disease, trauma and infection. An implant not only fills the empty space with a healthy looking tooth replacement, but it also prevents further gum and tooth problems that can result from tooth gaps. Without an implant you could suffer misaligned teeth, it will be harder to eat certain foods and you increase the risk of developing gum disease from bacteria gathering in the gap.

 

How Are Dental Implants Done?

Before you have any work done you will first need to see your dentist in order to decide if an implant is right for you. Once you have decided to have an implant, your first appointment will be for the physical dental implant surgery and initial placement of the titanium root screw. Once the implant has been fixed into your jaw bone it will be allowed to heal before a healing collar is placed to encourage the gums to heal in the right way. Finally, the permanent crown is fixed to the implant for a strong, sturdy false tooth that won’t let you down.

 

What Are The Advantages Of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are much stronger than some of their counterparts, like bridgework or dentures and offer a more permanent solution to tooth loss. You can opt for a single implant, multiple implants or you can use them in conjunction with other measures for maximum effectiveness. Dental implants protect the healthy bone in your jaw, keep your remaining teeth in place and allows you to retain your natural face shape and smile without worrying about dentures or unsightly headgear. Your dental implants look natural and can easily last a lifetime.  

The implant process can take some time, but the process will be painless and you will be enjoying that perfect smile for the rest of your life. If you are looking for a dentist who can fit inexpensive, effective dental implants and provide impartial advice about oral hygiene, get in touch with us for your consultation and treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental implants often offer the best solution for replacing missing teeth.

From start to finish the process usually takes 3-6 months and about 4-5 visits.


Timeline: placing dental implants

Dental implants can easily last a lifetime.


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Patients may choose to have a bridge, partial denture or no treatment at all.

Replacing a single front tooth with an implant retaining a perfectly matched crown usually costs approximately £2200. The “per tooth” cost decreases with an increase the number of teeth replaced. Every patient is unique so prices do vary according to complexity.

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