What is a dental implant?
An implant is an artificial root that replaces the root of a missing tooth. It can be placed in either the upper or lower jaw and, in time, will bond with your jawbone to create a firm foundation to which a replacement false tooth, bridge or denture is fixed.
What are dental implants made of?
The implant screw or post that replaces the root of a missing tooth is made from ultra-pure titanium, which is biocompatible with bone structure, allowing it to bond with the jawbone to provide a secure anchor.
How long do implants last?
If looked after properly, dental implants last for many years and long into the future – they are the longest lasting option available on the market today.
How long will my implant treatment take?
Dental implant treatment is complex and involves multiple visits to the practice. The minimum treatment time is usually a few months and for most patients takes around a year to 18 months.
Can anyone have oral implants?
Yes, if you are over 18 and in reasonably good health. Our thorough assessment will determine whether dental implants are the right option for you. At your implant assessment consultation, your mouth would first be examined and then appropriate x-rays, models and photographs taken. If implants are appropriate, a full treatment plan would be developed together with an estimate of the costs of providing the treatment.
How much do dental implants cost?
Dental implant treatment starts from £2,000 and payment options are available. Over time, dental implants will prove to be the most cost-effective solution to replacing missing teeth.
Is there anything you can do to improve the chance of success?
Smoking is a major factor in treatment failure and complete cessation is recommended. For people who grind their teeth, it may be wise to have a plastic guard made to protect the implants and teeth from damage or failure.