Are you missing any teeth? Or have you been suffering from ill-fitting dentures for what seems like a lifetime? If you answer 'yes' to any of these questions then dental implants may be the perfect solution for you! Missing teeth not only look unpleasant but they promote gum disease and can affect the way in which you speak. Ill-fitting dentures can cause receding gums and the surrounding jaw bone to shrink, creating further dental problems.
Dental implants are a unique form of treatment, in that they are designed to replicate your natural teeth. They are carefully designed to match the colour, shape and size of your surrounding missing teeth and will improve the overall structure of your mouth. They literally support replacement teeth and come in the form of small titanium rods. Implants are designed to substitute one or several missing teeth and are the most permanent form of tooth replacement available.
Unfortunately not, no. Dental implants rely on surrounding jaw bone, which must be strong in order to hold the implants in place successfully. Dental implants hold very high success rates, which is due to the sheer preparation that goes into both assessing the patient's suitability for them and the dentist's skill.
Dental practitioners will often advise those who have been suffering from long term gum disease issues, to invest in bone graft surgery before they can be assessed for dental implants. Furthermore, long-term denture wearers may also be advised to have bone graft treatment before they can receive dental implants too. This is because dentures often cause surrounding bone loss.
As you would expect, dental implants are relatively expensive due to the quality of them and the purpose they are fulfilling. You should expect to pay around £1200-£3000 per implant, which entirely depends upon the patient's personal requirements. If a patient requires either gum grafting or bone grafting you would expect to pay towards the upper end of the average price.
With any forms of surgery of course there are risks involved. However, these risks are minimised if you are a non-smoker, do not suffer from gum disease and keep alcohol intake to a minimum. Make sure you visit a dentist who has a lot of experience in providing dental implants, as this will also minimise any risks.
It is highly advised that you make an appointment with your local cosmetic dentist to discuss your options for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are a great way to instantly boost the aesthetics of your smile but with a guarantee of lasting a lifetime.