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In the last decade dental implants have become widely used in mainstream dentistry and are usually the treatment of choice for a missing tooth, with the success rate for dental implants being around 95%.
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth root, usually made from titanium. There are many different implant systems available and when competently used they all deliver a highly reliable form of treatment. The main aim during the placement of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. Over time further growth of bone onto the implant surface enhances the stability of the implant.
In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, theses components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.
Dental implants are suitable for most adults with good general health. They can only be used once the jawbone has stopped growing and so generally are not used with younger patients.
Habits such as heavy drinking or smoking can increase the number of problems associated with initial healing and thereafter may be bad for the long-term health of gums and bone surrounding each implant. Some dentists will decline to place implants if smoking cannot be reduced or given up altogether. However, each case is different and if you do have any medical problems then speak to your dentist prior to starting treatment – it is only in some circumstances that health problems prevent the use of dental implants altogether.
Implant treatment normally involves several stages that take place over a period of time from three to nine months. Although there are various implant treatment methods, a typical process often includes:
Assessment and treatment planning:
Will I be able to eat what I like afterwards?
Once completed, patients should be able to eat a normal, healthy diet with little or no difficulty.
What costs are involved in implant treatment?
The cost can vary, depending on the degree and extent of treatment required. The full cost is therefore explained and confirmed in a written treatment plan from your implant dentist.
How long will it take?
Implant treatment usually requires a number of appointments over a period of months. In some cases, however, implant work can be completed in a much shorter period.
How long will it last?
Once treatment is completed, a regular routine of dental hygiene and regular check-ups should ensure that implants last for many years.
Am I too old for implant treatments?
There is no upper age limit for patients to undergo implant treatment, provided they continue to enjoy reasonably good health.
Is treatment painful?
Patients are often surprised at how little discomfort they experience during and after implant treatment.
Payment options available to me?
Payment costs can be spread across your course of treatment.
We also have finance available for patients with 12 months at interest fee or up to 60 months is available at a low APR rate of 9.9%.
With four fully qualified dentists within the team, we take great pride in the level of care we provide, and we always welcome new patients to be registered.
Our state of the art newly refurbished dental surgery, complete with top of the range equipment, ensures that all your appointments will be held in comfort.