Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing missing or extracted teeth.
Dental implants can be the next best thing to a natural tooth, and can replace a lost tooth so that it looks, feels and functions like your normal teeth.
They are in most cases a long term solution to missing teeth. They are placed into healthy bone and can last many years and even a lifetime. They still need to be looked after and cleaned well just as your natural teeth do, otherwise can lead to the need for maintenance or repair.
Dental implants will help retain your natural face shape and smile as areas of your jaw without teeth can give your face a sunken appearance.
They will allow you to speak normally! Removable dentures that move in your mouth can be uncomfortable, and lead to altered speech!
A dental implant will allow you to eat your favourite foods as they are fixed in the bone and therefore allow you to bite naturally.
Dental implants protect your natural teeth. Dentures and bridges often result in compromising the natural health of your surrounding teeth as the teeth on either side need to be ground (drilled) away to make room for the bridges, and dentures put extra forces on surrounding teeth and compromise gum health and cleaning.
If a space is un-restored after a tooth is lost, then this can result in the surrounding and opposing teeth drifting into the space, which can cause problematic changes in your bite. You will also lose bone around the area.
Implants have been shown to be the restoration of choice compared to a denture/bridge.
WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for the root of a tooth which fuses to the top or bottom jaw bone, which a false tooth (crown) is then added to. Here at The Windmill Dental Practice we refer all our implant placement to the prestigious Implant Centre.
THE DENTAL IMPLANT ITSELF IS DIVIDED INTO THREE COMPONENTS:
- The implant – which is a titanium tube which is placed in the bone where the missing tooth is.
- The abutment – is a connector, connecting the dental implant to the crown
- The crown – is the bit you see in the mouth – the artificial tooth which is made in a laboratory and designed to blend in with your own teeth. This part will be carried out at our practice.
HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?
The placement and restoration of a dental implant usually takes between six weeks – six months depending on the health of the gums and bone. This will be discussed more at the consultation with the Implant Centre. Once the implant is happy in its new place then we will place the crown on top here at the practice.
HOW MUCH DOES A DENTAL IMPLANT COST?
The cost is dependent on the amount and quality of bone that you have but if everything is healthy then the cost will be approximately £2500.
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