A dental implant is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth. It is used to support one or more false teeth. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone. Subsequently, a specialized crown is screwed on to the implant.
Implants can be placed into existing spaces if there is sufficient healthy bone. Alternatively, they can be placed following a tooth extraction, but usually at least 2 months are needed for the gum to heal and any infection to clear.
Placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. Patients do not feel any pain at the time, but just like after an extraction, some discomfort may be felt during the week after the surgery. A ‘healing cap’ will usually be placed onto the implant site to protect it.
After the implants have been placed, the jaw bone needs to grow onto them and fuse to them. This usually takes 2-3 months. In the meantime, a temporary denture or bridge may be required to fill the space.
Finally, a super accurate impression is taken of your mouth and 2 weeks later, a ceramic tooth is screwed on to the implant.
Implants are a safe, well-established treatment with substantial clinical research to back up their success. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.
The biggest impact on how long they will last is how well they are looked after on a daily basis, and that they are regularly monitored by a dentist. Even though they cannot decay like natural teeth, they can still suffer from gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort.
If implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, one can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacements) there is no lifetime guarantee.
At The Newmarket Road Dental Clinic we work in conjunction with a specialist implant surgeon (known as a periodontist), who has the highest level of skill, an excellent proven track record for success and the very best chairside manner. Together, we use one of the world’s leading implant systems and best available ceramic crowns currently on the dental market.
The total fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support the replacement teeth.
Also some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants.
But as a rough guide, prices average £2000 for each implant tooth replacement.