When you have a missing tooth or a set of missing teeth, a dental implant is an option to consider.
Made from titanium, an artificial root is created and fit into the bone under the gum to attach false teeth to.
There are three main types of dental implants; endosteal, subperiosteal and zygomatic.
Implants are an alternative to bridges and dentures. Healthy gums and a healthy jawbone is required for these methods of replacing teeth so not everyone will be eligible for this type of treatment. How do dental implants work?
Unless there is a particular medical reason you can’t wear dentures, dental implants are not available on the NHS so must be done privately.
According to Dentaly, costs can vary depending on the health of your gums and jawbone and how many teeth are being replaced but costs generally range from £700 to £2900 per tooth while a full row of false teeth can be upwards of £25,000.
Of the three options, it is likely your dentist will advise you which one is most suitable for you, some might not be an option, so that could be the driving factor in regards to which type of implant you choose rather than basing your decision on the price of each one.
The process of fully fitting implants can take between three and nine months and some people may be required to undergo the procedure in two stages rather than one sitting with the fusion of implant to bone taking anywhere from six weeks to six months.
After the procedure, the recovery is usually painless although antibiotics may be necessary to prevent infection. Caring for your dental implant.