Teeth That Look and Feel Like Your Own
- What Dental Implants can do
- Types of Implants in use today
- Implants over Dentures or a Bridge
- Candidates for Implants
- What is treatment like
- Care after the treatment
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a dental surgeon places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth following an injury, or some other reason.
While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support.
Teeth replaced with dental implants are natural looking. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Lost teeth replaced with dental implants can look and feel like natural teeth! Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.
What Dental Implants Can Do
- Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering/adjacent teeth.
- Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
- Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
Advantages of Dental Implants Over Removable Dentures or a Bridge
Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.
- Aesthetics: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
- Tooth-saving: Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighbouring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
- Confidence: Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They’ll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
- Reliable: The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of gum disease.
Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth.
What Is Treatment Like?
Your dental surgeon will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your dental surgeon will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs. The treatment may be for:
- Replacing a Single Tooth If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
- Replacing Several Teeth If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
- Replacing All of Your Teeth If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
- Sinus Augmentation A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quality and the close proximity to the sinus. Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants.
- Bridge Modification Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge modification has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque- free, brushing and flossing still apply!
After treatment, your dental surgeon will work closely with you to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
What is the cost of Implant treatment?
Implant treatment is currently provided on private basis only in UK, except for patients who have had oral cancer treatment or craniofacial deformity corrected on the NHS.
The private cost of the treatment can vary across the United Kingdom. The cost of consultation varies from £50 to £250 and cost per implant including the crown above the gum can vary from £2700 to £4500. In our practice the cost of implant consultation is £49 excluding radiographs and a single implant crown is from £3200 including implant, crown and bone grafts if necessary. A detailed costing will be given after the consultation.
This information has been provided by
Mrs Latha Davda
MSc in Dental Implantology
Fair Oak Dental Practice
1 Campbell Way
Eastleigh SO50 7AX.
Call now on 023 8069 4030 for free advice with regards to implants.
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