What is an Implant?
Dental implants are precision devices that can be used to help replace missing teeth or secure loose dentures.
They are manufactured in sterile titanium and the surface of the implant is prepared to allow the bone of the jaw to grow onto the implant so it becomes integrated into the patient. This biological union is the closest thing to a real tooth available.
Implants are often referred to as 'screw-in' teeth, as the surface anatomy of the implant resembles a screw, but in reality they are placed into prepared surgical sites; this allows the body's natural processes to grow bone directly onto the titanium, locking it in place.
Implants can be broken into two main categories:
This type of implant is what most people understand by the term 'Dental Implant'. This kind of implant is typically used to replace either a single missing tooth or to support bridgework to restore larger spaces. The implant site is prepared using sterile techniques and the implant is then placed and allowed to integrate with the jaw. Once this has happened the implant is restored with either a crown or bridge which can be cemented or screwed onto the implant.
As the name suggests these implants are much smaller than conventional implants; they are used to help retain dentures in those patients who have very little natural bone to hold in conventional dentures. They work in the same way as a conventional implant but the denture is secured with either a precision attachment or a magnet instead of a screw.
Am I suitable for an Implant?
If you have missing teeth, and would like to consider an Implant as an alternative to bridges or dentures, please ask your dentist for a consultation. Your dentist will then review all suitable options with you, and discuss whether you would be suitable for an implant.
Implants are not a 'fit and forget' treatment. At your consultation appointment, your dentist will discuss specific aftercare for your type of implant.
It is vital that Implant patients maintain a good oral hygiene regime. We therefore recommend that all implant patients maintain regular check up and hygiene visits.
Our therapists may recommend special brushes and inter-dental brushes/ floss for you to assist you in achieving excellent oral hygiene.
For many patients, the value of having implants is priceless, as it allows them to retain the appearance of 'real teeth', and also enjoy good functionality.
Implants start from £1800. 0% Finance is available on Implant treatments (subject to approval).
Your dentist will discuss all treatment options and costs with you before you commence any treatment.