A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws.
Due to the bio-compatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
- 1. All Ceramic Crown
- 2. Gum
- 3. Dental Implant
- 4. Tooth Root
- 5. Jawbone
Dentures, crowns or bridges can be attached to the implant to replace your missing teeth. One implant can support one or more replacement teeth. In your lower jaw you would need at least four implants to replace all your teeth and you would need between four and six implants in your upper jaw.
Alternatives to dental implants include:
- removable dentures (false teeth) – plastic or metal frameworks that carry false teeth
- a bridge – false teeth that are fixed onto adjacent natural teeth which have been drilled to a specific shape.
If you prefer not to wear a denture and not to have your adjacent teeth filed down, then your ideal option to replace the tooth is with a dental implant
Will dental implants work for me?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.
Is old age a problem?
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants.
However, health is more of a determining factor than age.
If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.
Are dental implants successful?
Dental implants carry a high success rate and normally will serve the owner for life. Most implant manufacturers guarantee their implants and Nobel Biocare provide a lifetime warranty on all their componentry.
How much do dental implants cost?
Prices vary based on the experience of the implantologist, the locality of the practice and type of implants used.
There are copy implants which are cheaper. There are differences based on which laboratory the dentist uses to make the implant crowns. Should you prefer that option, why not ask your dentist to source a cheaper alternative, rather than using a practice you are not familiar with for the sake of price.
Some patients are willing to travel abroad for treatment where they may pay under £1000 per implant. Not all “abroad” options are good and not all are bad. Just make sure you do your homework and go on recommendations.
Patients need to take into account travelling and accommodation costs, number of visits required and what would happen if things went wrong.
Seeing someone you have faith in, and a dentist you can go back to and resolve any problems would be my recommendation.
All implants need maintenance and aftercare and not many dentists like to get involved with implants done elsewhere.