Having Dental implants is a different experience for each and every patient.
A dental implant can be used as a long term alternative for natural missing teeth, or to anchor a denture onto allowing a more secure, comfortable and natural looking fit. It has a metal screw or cylinder shaped rod, usually made from titanium or titanium alloy. Which is then anchored into the bone. This procedure can be performed to replace single or multiple teeth. A crown or denture can then be placed securely over this component allowing a natural looking smile.
The whole implant procedure is done over at least two stages and takes a number of months to complete. It may seem like a long process but the impressive results make it well worth the time, money and effort that is put in from both the patient and all dental staff.
A minor surgery is required during the implant treatment. This is usually done under local anaesthetic. At the area where the implant is to be placed the dentist will make a small cut in your gum. A drill will then be used to create a small hole in your jaw bone, this is where the implant will fit into. During this stage the rod will be fitted into the hole that has been made. This will then be given a few months to heal over. There will be a temporary measure put in place so that you are not left with visible spaces during this stage. Once the dental surgeon is happy with the implant site a false tooth can then be fitted.
An extensive assessment is required to be carried out and then a unique treatment plan would be put into place.
The cost of a dental implant can vary from £1800-£2400, depending on the individual needs of the patient. An initial consultation would be carried out free of charge and a comprehensive estimate explained and provided.