What are dental implants?

Added: 29.05.13: 19.04
If you have a missing tooth, and want the space filled, the obvious solution is to replace the missing tooth with an artificial one. This is what an implant does . An implant is in essence, an artificial root for a tooth, which is used to carry a post crown on top.

There are 3 parts to the new artificial tooth. The first is the actual dental implant , which is buried in the bone , beneath the gum. The second part is a post , which connects to the implant , and sticks out of the gum. This post is used to carry the third part of the artificial tooth i.e the crown.

The benefit of replacing a missing tooth with an implant is that we do not have to touch/interfere with the teeth on either side of the gap. An implant is, in effect, an artificial root of a tooth, placed in the bone by the dentist, left 3 months to “fuse” with the bone, and then used to carry a new post and crown. They are often the best option for the following reasons.

1). The teeth adjacent to the space can be left untouched (compared to when a conventional bridge is made).
2). It is the strongest option.
3). It has a very high success rate > 97%.
4). The aesthetics/looks of the finished job can be excellent.

The initial cost of a single implant is £900. This is for the first part of the procedure , where the titanium implant is buried in the bone. The final cost of the post and crown , which usually takes place 3 months later , is £850 . Thus the entire implant procedure for replacing one tooth is £1750. When patients are missing all their teeth, several implants can be placed and used to carry a “full set of teeth”, thereby getting rid of dentures, and greatly improving taste, biting ability, confidence and appearance. Average costs for this procedure range from £3500 to £12000, depending on how many implants are needed and the complexity of the case. 

If you would like to discuss implants please contact us on 02890614937 or E-mail: [email protected]