Should I consider implants for my missing teeth?

A dental implant is an option to consider when you have a missing tooth or a set of missing teeth

How do dental implants work?

Made from titanium, an artificial root is created and fits into the bone under the gum to attach false teeth.

There are three main types of dental implants; endosteal, subperiosteal and zygomatic.

Implants are an alternative to bridges and dentures. Healthy gums and a stable jawbone are required to replace teeth, so not everyone will be eligible for this type of treatment. See if you are eligible here.

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.

Here are a few practices that provide dental implants:

  1. Scottish Dentistry, Glasgow
  2. Breeze Dental, Sunderland
  3. Seaham Smiles, Durham


According to Dentaly, implant costs can vary depending on the health of your gums and jawbone and how many teeth are being replaced, but expenses generally range from £700 to £2900 per tooth, while a full row of false teeth can be upwards of £25,000. See the breakdown of implant costs, here.

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 three to 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 6 weeks to 6 months.

After the procedure, the recovery is usually painless, although antibiotics may be necessary to prevent infection. Caring for your dental implant.

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