Have you considered getting dental implants to restore your smile? Are you looking to seal off the missing tooth within your gums? Then this post is for you. It is an in-depth guide into the world of dental implants. It has a wide scope delving into the various dental implant types, the general implant procedures and the dental implant cost in the UK.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant refers to an artificial tooth root that is lodged deep into your jawbone through surgery. The implant functions to hold a single prosthetic tooth or a series of teeth in place. This helps to restore your teeth cavity back to normal. You will get to eat, drink and smile looking as normal as possible. The end result is an artificial tooth that looks, feels and functions like a normal tooth.
Types of Dental Implants
Teeth implants come in two major types:
- Endosteal implant – This is a small screw-like implant that is inserted directly into the jawbone. The implant is able to hold in place one or more prosthetic teeth using the abutment attachment. They are either tapered or cylindrical.
- Subperiosteal implants – These dental implants have a metal base fitted under the gum tissue. The artificial teeth are then fitted and supported on the jawbone. This type of implant is widely recommended to patients with shallow jawbones that wouldn’t support endosteal implants.
The implants are made of a variety of materials which you can choose from. The materials include titanium, ceramics, composites and zirconia. Titanium is the most preferred material among many dentists. One of its benefits is that it is biocompatible with the jawbone reducing risk of complications developing thereafter. Zirconia is categorised as an extremely strong ceramic but has a higher price tag. At Angel Smile our dental implant experts in London can consult you about the right material for you. They even offer immediate implants, where a tooth is extracted and a dental implant is placed the same day in just one visit.
This is a modern tooth replacement system which allows you to implant the full set of teeth. You are able to replace the full set of teeth using 4 implants on the lower jaw. The upper jaw requires six implants as the bone density is lower.
The dental implants are angled at 30 to 450 to provide a stronger, firmer hold. Most of these implants are titanium as zirconia is not able to fit in such tight angles. The all-on-4 dental implants have earned the nickname ”teeth for a day” as the entire surgery process can be carried out within a day and you are done. With a set of new and gleaming dental implants you’ll walk out of our London N1 practice.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure involves several stages and steps. It should be handled by a professional dentist with advanced training on implants, a periodontist or an oral surgeon. At Angel Smile London our team consists of several well-trained dental surgeons, who are experts with modern dental implant procedures step by step such as the following:
This involves a phase of meticulous examination from your operating dentist. The dental surgeon checks out your nerves, sinuses and bone structure and recommends whether the procedure would be possible. Normally, this requires an X-ray image of your jaw to be taken. For a more accurate and precise examination, we at Angel Smile use a CT scan, which produces a scan of your jaw and teeth within seconds.
Placing the implant
This tricky procedure involves making an incision on the gum to expose the jawbone. A hole is then drilled into the jawbone and the implant is screwed in place. The procedure is delicate and takes place in the dentist’s surgery room with the help of local anaesthesia. There is absolutely no room for errors as at Angel Smile London we use a technology called guided surgery where every step is planned by the computer software and the dentist follows the instructions.
Hooking up the abutment
This step may occur on the same day or some weeks later after the jaw and gum have healed from the earlier intrusion. The abutment acts as an extension that protrudes from the gums connecting the replacement tooth to the implant. A temporary denture may be placed to hide the metal case protruding out of your jaw. At our N1 practice we can offer “same day implants“.
Fixing the crown
After a new and fresh impression of your jawline, the dental surgeon then shapes a replacement tooth for your implant. The tooth is made to look as natural as possible so as to fit into the existing tooth structure.
After each stage, there might be some few discomforts as the implant process begins to heal. These may include swollen and bruised gums along with pain at the drilled site.
Cost of Dental Implants in The UK
You may wonder how much dental implants cost. Now, there are many factors that affect their prices such as the number of teeth to be replaced, the location of the dental clinic and the types of implants chosen. Dental implant prices range from £700 to £2900 for the procedure. The front teeth due to aesthetic purposes tend to cost more. A full set replacement may set you back £25000 or more. Most clinics offer around £7000 per arch.
The NHS normally doesn’t cover dental implants. If accepted, they are placed under band 3 treatment at a price of £269.30 in England. That’s the dental implant cost per tooth.
Are you ready to replace your missing tooth and smile confidently again? Visit Angel Smile London dental clinic and rest assured that with our dental implant financing plans you won’t have to lose sleep over getting your dental implants fitted.