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NEWS - NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH
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THURSDAY 8TH OF MAY 2014

DENTAL IMPLANTS- THE BASIC FACTS

Dental implants are the most successful way of replacing missing teeth. There is no doubt about this with overwhelming evidence to support their use. If you have thought about treatment with dental implants then please read this article which provides all the basic information.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are actually the replacement root(s) of the missing tooth/teeth. The dental implant is NOT the tooth that goes on top.

What are dental implants made from?

Titanium which is bio-compatible.

Are they safe?

Long term studies have demonstrated a very high safety record with dental implants.

How long do they last?

Dental implants have the best success rates out of all the dental treatments. Therefore, as long as they are looked after, you will have many years of use out of your dental implant.

How long does treatment take?

In general, 3-4 months on average. However, if you need a tooth removed prior to dental implant treatment, this will increase the time frame especially if the tooth has to be removed due to infection.

Can implants be placed immediately after my tooth is removed?

In some cases, this is possible. However, in most cases, healing of at least 6 weeks is advised before placing the implant.

How long do they need to heal?

On average 12 weeks is needed. However, if the implant can be placed very firmly then the waiting time for the new tooth can be reduced. In some cases, a temporary tooth can be fixed to the implant immediately. This is called an 'immediate implant'. This would be more so for front teeth rather than back teeth.

If the implant cannot be placed very firmly, then usually a cover screw will be placed and the gum will be repositioned over the top of the implant to allow healing. The healing time in this case is 12-16 weeks on average. This is called a 2 stage surgery as the gum will need to re opened to retrieve the implant before a new tooth can be placed.

How do I clean a dental implant?

This will be much the same as your own teeth. Brushing, flossing, inter dental aids and water jets can all be used. It is advised to visit a dental hygienist regularly with dental implants as they will require extra maintenance especially in the first year or so.

How much do they cost?

This will vary per dental practice. The average fee for a single tooth back implant is £2000-£2300. Front teeth may cost more due to additional treatments required to produce an aesthetic result.

What do they look like?

Well here is a photo of a fully restored dental implant. Just like a natural tooth!

Dental implant tooth, crown, porcelain crown A fully restored dental implant- can you tell the difference?


Contact us

If you would like to know more about dental implants please contact us on 0207 7311162 or e mail info@progressivedentistry.co.uk
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