What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small man-made titanium screw that serves as the replacement
for the root portion of a missing natural tooth.
The implant consists of three parts
- The implant, which replaces the root. The implant is placed in the bone of the upper
or lower jaw and allowed to bond with the bone and serve as an anchor for the replacement
- The abutment, which serves as a connector between the implant and the crown.
- The crown or tooth, which is fabricated by a dental laboratory, placed by a restorative
dentist and attached to the abutment.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.
Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Implants may also be used to support and retain dentures. Implants
are a proven restorative option with a long clinical history. Implants preserve
the integrity of the facial structure and reduce the inconvenience associated with
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, disease or decay
may be a candidate for implants. If one, a few or all teeth are missing,
implants in conjunction with a crown or bridge can replace those teeth. Occasionally,
older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the
benefits that implants offer. 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 implants. Your dentist and our periodontal office will
determine if you are a candidate for implants after a careful evaluation
of your dental and medical health history. At this time all your questions can be
How will I benefit from dental implants?
The benefits of implant treatment include appearance, the enhanced ability to chew
and enjoy your food, and often protection of your remaining teeth and jawbone.
Implants offer many benefits never before available for the treatment of missing
teeth. In short, implants will look, feel and function like your real teeth.
How much will it cost?
From £545 including restoration per implant
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors,
including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required
to support your replacement teeth. It is important for you to know that you do not
necessarily need an implant for each missing root. Some additional procedures may
be required prior to the placement of your implants to ensure the long-term
health of your implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary
to for us to examine your mouth. After a diagnostic examination, we will recommend
the treatment that is best for you and what your investment would be for the procedure.
Implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures.
Since dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gums, continuous shrinkage of the jaw
bone alters the fit of the denture, resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures.
Exposed nerves and irritation of the gum tissue may add to the discomfort. Implant-supported
replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely to your
jawbone. Gum irritation and the pain of exposed nerves associated with conventional
full or partial dentures are eliminated.
With ill-fitting dentures, the teeth slip and slide around the mouth. The facial
muscles become tense in an attempt to hold the teeth in place. This often results
in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises. Implant-supported replacement teeth
allow you to speak with confidence in a relaxed and natural tone.