Dental implants can be used for a wide range of treatment from single implants to replace one missing tooth, two implants to secure a bridge, through to multiple implants to replace all the teeth in the mouth with an implant supported denture or fixed implant bridge.
What is a Dental Implant?
An implant comes in two parts. The first is an artificial root made from titanium that replaces the root of a missing tooth. It can be placed in either the upper or lower jaw and, in time (3-6 months), will bond or integrate with your own jaw bone. The implant is placed via a small surgical procedure that is carried out painlessly under a local anaesthetic (the area made numb).
The second part is what is visibly attached to the dental implant root. For those missing one tooth, a natural-looking crown will be created to perfectly match your existing teeth. If you have a full set of dentures, a full arch of teeth can be permanently attached to four or six dental implant roots - you don’t need one implant root for every missing tooth you have.
How long do implants last?
In a healthy person with a healthy mouth and bone, implant roots (the metal part) should last as long as your natural teeth. They need caring for as natural teeth do. The crowns or bridges supported by the implants can last a decade or more.
Will treatment hurt?
All treatment is carried out under a local anaesthetic (the area made numb). Dental implant treatment is a minor surgical procedure that has been performed for many years with excellent success rates.
How much do dental implants cost?
Dental implant treatment starts from £2,500 for a single implant with the cost typically spread over the duration of treatment, which can range from 6 months to 2 years for complex cases. More complex cases are harder to estimate and need to be quoted individually, but as an example, patients at this practice who have had a full upper or lower set of fixed implant crowns have paid in the region of £24,000 and a removable lower denture stabilised with two implants in the region of £8-9,000. Over time, dental implants will prove to be the most cost-effective solution to replacing missing teeth. Although the initial outlay may appear high, considered over say, a 20-year period, the ongoing cost of dentures or fixed bridges could be much greater.
When can dental implants be used?
Dental implants can be used for a wide range of treatment from one implant to replace one missing tooth, two implants to secure a bridge, through to multiple implants to replace all the teeth in the mouth with an implant supported denture or a fixed implant bridge.
Do you offer a free initial consultation?
Yes. You are invited to join us at Hook Dental for an initial free consultation to assess your suitability for dental implant treatment. At this 30-minute consultation we will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each dental implant option so that you can make an informed decision about your care.