What are dental implants?
A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.
An implant doesn’t come loose like a denture can.
Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.
They can be used to replace one single tooth or a complete set.
The whole process of getting dental implants can take several months and involves one or more surgical procedures.
Why should I choose implants?
Dental implants improve oral comfort and speech in a way that traditional dentures do not.
As a result, you will likely feel increased self-confidence when smiling or speaking at work or social occasions.
Other advantages to dental implants are:
- Permanent, long-lasting solution to tooth loss
- Stable and durable
- Low maintenance
- Can’t be misplaced since they aren’t removable
- No issues with speech
- Allow normal eating
- Look and feel like natural teeth
- No adhesives or special cleaning required
- Don’t affect adjacent healthy teeth
- Success rate of 90-95%
How long will they last?
How well you look after your implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last. Implants can last anything between 10-20 years, depending on the location of the implant and as mentioned, how well you look after them with oral hygiene and dental visits. Because molars receive more stress and wear and tear, these implants typically do not last as long as implants located at the front of your mouth.
How much will they cost?
Implants are not normally available on the NHS. Implants are available privately. However, in many situations, the cost of the treatment is only a little more than the cost of more conventional private dental treatment with crowns and bridges. Over the longer term, implants are usually a more cost-effective and satisfactory option.
Costs of treatment will vary from patient to patient depending on your requirements.
Your Dentist will discuss a treatment plan and associated costs prior to any treatment starting.
If you would like to find out more please speak with your dentist.