What are implants?
Implants are one way of replacing missing teeth. A post is planted in the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth. This acts like the root of a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures.
Implant treatment normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, when the jaw has healed, replacement teeth are attached to the implant. In some situations it is possible for temporary teeth to be attached to an implant at the time of fitting.
Would implants be right for me?
First, you should decide whether implants could be right for you. Contact us to arrange an implant consultation and discussion and we will let you know the possibilities. Our team will be only too happy to help you with any questions you may have.
If you decide to go ahead, this is what will happen.
- Implants are put into holes in the jaw with a local anaesthetic. You can opt to have sedation for this procedure also.
- The implant is screwed or pushed in and the gum is stitched so that it heals over the implant.
- Under the gum the bone then grows round the implant to hold it firm, this takes several months.
Implants usually have two sections – the post in the jaw and an extension that is added later when the post is secure. Attaching the extension needs a small cut in the gum above the implant. You might have more than one implant. The replacement teeth might be fixed permanently (like a crown or bridge) or attached in a way which lets you remove them for cleaning (like a denture).
How Long Do they Last?
Studies have shown that 90%+ of implant last for 15 years and more. The lifetime of an implant is dictated by regular maintenance by a dentist, hygienist and most importantly the patient (ie. Flossing,brushing etc).
Like other crown, bridges and dentures implant crowns will need to be changed periodically due to wear and tear; probably between 7-10years.
How much do they cost?
A dental implant is the most advance treatment that we have to replace natural teeth currently. Costs are dependent on training, type of implant used and restoration that is placed.
There are over 600 implant manufacturers worldwide, however, only a handful of these companies are premium.
I only use premium implant systems: Straumaan and Ankylos. As well as this I use a platinum certified dental laboratory for the restoration of the dental implant. My patients often visit the dental laboratory for a custom shade match of the final crown.
A fully completed restored dental implant (implant + abutment + crown) from £1900