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A dental implant is a small screw made of titanium, that is well-tolerated by the body and takes over the function of a tooth root. The dental implant is inserted directly into your jaw to act in the same way as a normal tooth root so it can securely hold the artificial tooth in your mouth.
Since implants are anchored directly into your jaw, your other teeth need not be used as in the case of the bridge. Dental implants are the most natural solutions to tooth loss, both aesthetically and functionally. The implant fits harmoniously into the dental arch and are not only fixed as securely as natural teeth, but cannot be distinguished from your real teeth in either function or appearance.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is drilled securely into the bone of the jawline. Your dentist will make an incision in the gum that exposes the bone below. They will then drill holes down into the bone so that the metal implant screw can be secured.
This screw then acts as an anchor, to which can be added a dental implant, whether this be a bridge, crown or similar. Once the implant screw is secured, a temporary implant will be used while the gum heals. The titanium in the implant integrates and fuses with the jaw bone as time passes. This allows gums to keep their natural shape, keep the implant secure and ensure it is hidden from sight below the gum line.
Implants have come to be seen as the preferred method for replacing missing teeth and their popularity with patients has risen markedly. Dental implants combine the restored functionality and overall appearance of a smile provided by dentures, with the permanency and fixed placement of natural teeth.
Dental implants can be placed from start to finish at one of our London or Surrey practices, where you can have all your scans and appointments with one of our specialists. Implant treatment at the Neem Tree will give you back your self-confidence and a new smile.
Implants are required when a dead or damaged tooth (or teeth) is removed from the jaw, whether this is from decay, gum disease or even impact trauma. Although you can remove the tooth without it being replaced, this can lead to unsightly gaps in your smile.
Not replacing the damaged tooth can even exacerbate already existing dental health issues. For instance, patients can experience problems with eating and chewing, changes to speech and pronunciation, teeth moving out of alignment and increased strain on both the teeth remaining in the jaw and the gums that hold them.
The type of dental implant you require will depend on several factors, such as how many teeth you have had removed. These can range from simple implants which replace single teeth to ‘All-on-4’ implants, several implants which are used in conjunction to replace multiple missing teeth.
The cost of a dental implant procedure depends on several factors, the most obvious being how many implants you require. Implant treatment can seem expensive when compared to other dental treatments. However, these prices usually take into account work such as consultation, surgery, materials for (and construction of) the implant, crown, bridge etc.
It should be noted, though, that implants tend to be more cost effective than other treatments for missing teeth, as they are so long lasting that they greatly reduce the need for further dental work in the future. If multiple implants are needed, it may also be cheaper and more advisable to go with ‘all-on-4’ implants.
In some circumstances, you may need a bone graft before a dental implant can be placed in the jaw. A bone graft is a process whereby additional bone granules or blocks are grafted on to the existing jaw bone. Additional grafting material is often used to cover the bone graft to keep it secure and to help promote swift healing from the procedure.
If your jawbone will not adequately support a dental implant, you will most likely require a bone graft. The jawbone will not support an implant if it has become too thin or soft to secure it properly. This weakening of the bone can be down to several factors, such as severe gum disease or the natural ageing process.
The material used in the procedure vary, but are usually some form of synthetic bone substitute. Although your own natural bone can be used, synthetic alternatives are less invasive and have a very high success rate.
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