Dental implants have been available for many years and have been commonplace in the USA and parts of Europe for decades now. With private dentistry increasing in this country there has been a rapid rise in their use here too.
Dental implants are used for the replacement of missing teeth. They can be used in several ways to support crowns, bridge or dentures.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are shaped like a screw and inserted permanently into the bone of your jaw to act as an anchor upon which new teeth are constructed. They are made from sterile titanium which is compatible with human bone. The implant itself does not resemble a tooth.
How many teeth can implants replace?
Implants can be used to replace anything from a single tooth to all your teeth. The implants themselves are merely anchors in the jaw bone upon which the teeth are replaced.
A single tooth missing would be replaced with 1 implant and a crown.
Several teeth missing would be replaced with implants and bridges and or crowns.
To replace all your teeth implants can be used alongside full bridges or dentures.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
The main advantage of implants are that they a permanently fixed to the jaw. This can be of great benefit to people who struggle with removable dentures. Other advantages with single tooth implants, for example, are that no work is required on other natural teeth.
Can anyone have dental implants?
Age is not normally an issue, general health is of greater significance. Also with younger patients it is important that bone has matured so rarely are implants used on under 18s.
How much do dental implants cost?
We work closely with a local specialist implant centre that actually places the implants for our clients. The initial consultation with the implant centre is free and all costs will be discussed with you at this visit. The price of implants has reduced considerably over the years and a single tooth implant with the crown can now cost as little as £1200