What are Dental Implants?
An Implant is a small titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone to replace the missing tooth root, usually under local anaesthetic.
Titanium is used as it is generally very compatible with the human body and bone bonds well to it, giving it a stable and long-term structure on to which the replacement tooth is fixed.
Once healed (4-8 weeks), the artifificial root acts as a base for fixing a crown or denture giving a secure, functional, highly aesthetic and long-term result.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
Maintain your facial structure following tooth loss
If you have missing teeth, the jaw bone begins to shrink over time. Unhealthy bone loss can make your jaw line recede and change your facial structure. Dental implants are the only missing teeth solution that prevents deterioration of the jaw bone so your face retains its natural shape.
Implants transmit chewing forces through the jaw bone to help preserve it and stop any changes to your profile.
Maintain the health of your teeth and gums
Leaving a gap in your teeth can lead to a number of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease due to food being able to pack up in the space left between your other teeth. Having mssing teeth also affects your remaining teeth as the opposing tooth erupts into the space and affects your bite leading to extra load on the tooth causing
Some other tooth replacement solutions require damaging or cutting down of the healthy teeth surrounding the gap. Dental Implants do not cause any damage to your remaining teeth.
Stability and comfort
Dental implants with a crown act like natural teeth, you can even eat hard food that you have to bite into without worry.
Dental Implants can also be used to secure dentures where the patient has a lot of missing teeth. The implants secure your denture in place so it does not slip or move. This eliminates some of the key problems of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation and pain from exposed nerves. The result is superior comfort, reliability, and freedom from embarrassment.
Dental Implants can be used as a solution for many different types of gap from a single tooth to a full mouth replacement as shown below.
Single Dental Implant with Crown
Multiple Dental Implants with Bridge
Multiple Implants with Fixed Denture
Multiple Implants with Removable Denture
The dental implant process involves several steps that take place over a period that averages from 4 to 9 months. The typical process will include careful evaluation of your dental and medical history, which will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
The implantologist will place the dental implant while you are under local anaesthetic or anaesthesia with sedation. You will feel discomfort and possible swelling immediately after the treatment but this will subside by the very next day.
You will be given a temporary denture for aesthetic purposes so you are not left with exposed implants and over the next few months, you will come in for regular reviews with the Implantologist to make sure the healing process is going well.
Once the Implantologist is happy that you have properly healed you will then be ready for either a crown, bridge or denture to be fixed onto the implant(s).
Treatment time is variable depending on the complexity of the case. Some patients may have suffered bone loss due to having missing teeth for a long time, in which case they will need a bone graft in order to support the implant. X-rays and further treatment may be necessary.
Smoking or poor dental hygiene, as with normal teeth, will be extremely detrimental to the implant. Patients may need to take extra care or correct any habits that may affect the success of the implant before having this treatment.
The dentist will guide you on the proper care and maintenance of the implants before, during and after the procedure.
Implants should be cared for and treated like natural teeth. By following a regular routine of careful oral hygiene and regular checkups, your implants will look, function and feel great for many years to come.
A single implant and crown costs £2200. We are able to offer monthly payment options to help spread the cost of treatment, meaning that you could have one from as little as £3.50 a day over 24 months.
Dental Implants may be more expensive than alternatives such as Bridges and Dentures in the short term, but in the long-run the cost of having to have Dentures and Bridges repaired and replaced over time could be far greater.
At Smile Spa, we use the highest quality materials available in order to provide the best treatment to our patients.
Our Dental Implants are provided by Straumann whose implant system is one of the best documented, with more than 35 years of extensive scientific, clinical evidence and support by more than 700 scientific publications. Straumann implants also come with a lifetime guarantee.
For more information about this provider, please visit http://www.straumann.co.uk/en/patients.html