The Guide to Dental Implants

Dental Implants are truly life changing

Have you ever considered having a dental implant fitted? Have you had a problematic tooth or has a tooth fallen out in the past and you haven’t yet addressed it? This will cover everything regarding dental implants and the decisions that surround going forward and actually having the procedure. We understand it is a big decision and we realise that you may be holding back because of the potential implications but this guide will explain everything as to why you should be making the move to having an implant fitted.

We will cover the various factors regarding a tooth implant; from what the actual procedure consists of, how much it will cost you and how you can potentially look at ways to save money from it. We hope that the information in this article will allow you to make a sensible decision based on your situation and how it can help impact your life.

So... What is a dental implant?

 

An implant works as an artificial tooth root in the same way your natural roots would and made from titanium, a strong material in its own right, fuses to the jawbone and holds the replacement tooth in place; made from a high quality ceramic material, both of which very strong and durable in their own right.  There are many reasons as to why people have implants fitted. Yes, some people choose to have them fitted purely for cosmetic reasons but there are people who have been in accidents or have a certain medical condition that has, in turn, resulted in them losing teeth and both are valid reasons as to having them fitted because they perform excellently in both circumstances.

The best candidates for having an implant fitted are the ones that have a strong and healthy jaw that can work well with supporting the implant in terms of holding it in place and fusing during the healing process. People with oral health issues may not be suitable candidates for the treatment, however; patients that have ever suffered from gingivitis or have had other issues regarding their gums may not be suitable because it heavily relies on working well with the surrounding gums.

Most cases, it can be resolved but every patient is different and there is a heavy consultation process carried out before making a decision on the implant and the experienced surgeons will be able to make a calculated decision based on your current oral condition. There are different types of implants that can be made specifically to the user and be depending on how strong your jaw is, the implant size can be altered.

Is every implant the same?

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There are two main types of implants; the first being the endosteal implant that is implanted directly into the jawbone and looks very much similar to a small screw. They are cylindrical in shape and are designed for the majority of people with an adequate jawbone. The other type is a subperiosteal implant which is a fixture that is fitted under the gum tissue and is designed for people with weaker jawbones and for people that can’t have the previous method of an implant. This is less common however and is normally for people that have had an oral disease of some sort.

Every situation is different and there are a number of circumstances that determine which fitting you will require and it is something that your dentist will consult with you initially.

The recovery process can be a slightly painful one but this is all normal. Swollen and bruised gums is a normal sign that it is beginning to heal and you may feel pain around the implant area but this is all normal and you shouldn’t be worried. It is a case of having a few painkillers and struggling for the next couple of days just as you would after any other sort of surgical procedure. Your dentist will normally prescribe a painkiller for you to take or if not, will recommend one to take. They also tell you to avoid eating hard or chewy food that could potentially affect the implant but your dentist will be closely monitoring your situation and making sure that everything is running smoothly.

And how much will this cost me?

In terms of cost, it varies based on each individuals situation and depending on which tooth needs replacing, it can be more expensive depending on which tooth it is. The procedures can vary from £700 to £3000 in the UK but again, it all depends on your personal situation and how much work needs doing. You will be consulted throughout the entire process by a professional with a wealth of experience and they are in most cases genuinely looking to help you and not rip you off. There are many laws now in place that protect you from this and you can ensure as long as you are with a dentist you trust, they will carry out the right treatment for you personally.

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