Dental Implants (Teeth) Information

Dental implants are a way of replacing single, or a whole set of completely missing teeth, and are a real alternative to dentures for people who have a lot of missing teeth. A dental implant is a small man-made titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth in your mouth. The implant is placed in the bone of your upper or lower jaw. Your bone then heals tightly around this implant and the implant then serves as an anchor for your replacement tooth. Research and scientific studies have proved the effectiveness and long lasting results of dental implants. With careful looking after, the implants should last a lifetime. The cost of tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required. Dental implants may cost between £1,000 to £2,000 per tooth.

Background

Dental Implants background information

Dental implants are a new way of replacing single, or a whole set of completely missing teeth, and are a real alternative to dentures for people who have a lot of missing teeth.

If you lose a tooth, your jawbone automatically shrinks, making your face look older. Dental implants can slow or stop this process.

Dental implants remove the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of your jawbone and gums, this continuous shrinkage of your jawbone alters the fit of your denture, resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures. Dental implants can get rid of the numerous embarrassing inconveniences of badly fitting false teeth, as well as the cleaning and maintenance of removable partial and full dentures.

What are implants?

A dental implant is a small man-made titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth in your mouth. The implant is placed in the bone of your upper or lower jaw. Your bone then heals tightly around this implant and the implant then serves as an anchor for your replacement tooth.
 
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry with dental implants, the following information will give you a basic understanding of the procedures. It can't answer all your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the dentist. Please ask your dentist about anything you don't understand.

Procedure

What happens during a Dental Implants operation?

How are implants applied to your teeth?

Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, disease, or decay, may be a candidate for dental implants. If one or a few teeth are missing, dental implants, along with a crown or bridge, can replace those teeth without losing more bone.

Enough bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant(s) along with healthy gum tissues. Your dentist will be able to discover if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants after a careful examination of your dental and medical history.

Just as with any surgery, there can be some discomfort. A local anaesthetic, and sometimes patient sedation, are used to reduce any discomfort during the procedure.

Actual procedures vary between dental practices, but usually, implants are placed directly into your jawbone either with the metal caps left exposed above the gum line, or buried into the gums.

Tissues are then left to heal around the implant. If the metal cap has been buried in the gum, it is then exposed again so that a post can be attached. The replacement teeth are then placed on top of these posts. If the caps are left exposed, replacement teeth can just be attached directly.

The complete implant reconstruction process may take from 2 to 9 months and in some cases longer. Time is needed for your jawbone to grow around the implant and for your replacement teeth to be made.

Longevity

How long will Dental Implants last?

Research and scientific studies have proved the effectiveness and long lasting results of dental implants. With careful looking after, the implants should last a lifetime, even if the replacement teeth need renewing.

Who Can Do It

Who can perform Dental Implants?

Not all dentists specialise in cosmetic dentistry, so it is important to find a dental practice that does a lot of cosmetic dental work.

 

Price

What is the average cost of Dental Implants?

The 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 your replacement teeth.

Dental implants may cost from between £1,000 to £2,000 per tooth.

Conclusion

Summary of advice for Dental Implants

Dental implants are a new way of replacing single, or a whole set of completely missing teeth, and are a real alternative to dentures for people who have a lot of missing teeth.

Research and scientific studies have proved the effectiveness and long lasting results of dental implants. With careful looking after, the implants should last a lifetime.

Before and After Pictures

Before and after photographs of Dental Implants

Please note that results of cosmetic dentistry vary enormously, depending upon both the patient and the skill of the individual dentist.

All before and after photographs featured are real patients, your results may differ.


Case Study 1 

Dental Implant fitting within the mouth  The result of having a Dental Implant fitted

Dental implant fixture in place in the mouth before attachment of the `tooth`. The end result with Dental Implant in place.


Case study 2 

Before having a single Dental Implant The end result of having a single Dental Implant

Image of a mouth before and after having a single Dental Implant


 Case study 3

Before having a single Dental Implant After having a single Dental Implants

Before having a single Dental Implant and the end result.


An Xray of the Dental Implant within the mouth

An X-ray of a single Dental Implant within the mouth

The final result of having Dental Implants

The final result of having Dental Implant Correction

Images provided courtesy of Dr. Raj Kumar at Forma clinic.