What are dental implants?
How do they work?
What are the advantages of dental implants?
How much do dental implants cost?
If you are thinking about dental implants then we hope this guide will help and advise you, so that you can make an informed decision as to whether dental implants are right for you. Remember your dentist is there to help and you should ask them any questions that are troubling you.
What is a Dental Implant and how does it work?
A dental implant is a small screw or cylinder which acts as a replacement for the 'root' of your tooth and is able to support one or more false teeth.In order to fit the implant into your jaw it may be necessary for you to have a 'bone graft.' This is the case when your jawbone is not deep or wide enough to hold the implant in place. It is a commonly performed technique which involves the dentist adding extra bone to build up the narrow or thin jawbone.Once the implant has been fitted and given enough time to heal the dentist will then ask you to return to have your new replacement tooth or teeth fitted. The replacement teeth are fixed to the implant by a collar and screw.
What are the advantage of dental implants?
- Dental implants can change your face for the better. Teeth provide your face with structure. Having dental implants can prevent your face sagging and may give you a more youthful appearance.
- Dental implants can help to protect your other teeth. Dental implants act in a similar way to a 'bridge' preventing the neighbouring teeth from collapsing-in and cracking or becoming damaged.
- Dental implants allow you to eat any food. Dental implants are much more flexible than false teeth when it comes to the food you eat. They act like a normal tooth and you don't have to worry about food getting stuck below your plate.
- Dental implants are better for dental hygiene than false teeth. Your implants are easy to take care of, you just treat them as you would normal teeth.
How much do Dental Implants cost?
Dental implants are not cheap, but they are a good alternative to dentures or a bridge and they enjoy a very high success rate. They also result in natural looking teeth that will last for years as well as improving individual self-confidence. The price will vary depending on the nature of the patients jaw bone and number of teeth being replace. If you are base in High Wycombe or Buckinghamshire please call us to arrange a consultation so that we can assess your individual requirements.