Are you finding yourself in a situation where the joke is hilarious but you don’t laugh heartily because you’ve got gaps in your teeth or lost a few?
Not having the right set of teeth could result in a lack of confidence or the ability to enjoy your food or just have a good laugh. The price to restore your smile is a small one to pay. This is where dental treatments come in to help you get your smile back.
Restorative dental treatments such as dental implants, crowns or dental bridges are the best options for restoring the gaps in your teeth. Before we get into what implant suits you best and how much cost they incur, let’s take a look at what implants are.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants come to the rescue if you are looking for a long-term replacement of a lost tooth due to trauma, gum disease, or dental decay. Implants are small screw-like structures made of titanium.
These structures fit into the missing areas and they act like tooth roots. Implants do not come in one-size-fits-all or have a fixed structure. They are made to fit the individual based on the problem and condition of their jawbones.
What are the different types of dental implants?
Dental implants are mainly divided into two categories. Each type of implant has a varying connector, coating, and size that your implant dentists decide based on what’s required for you.
An Endosseous Implant is the most popular type of dental implant used. This type of implant is best suitable for those who have a healthy jawbone as the implant requires integration with the bone. That being said, these implants are the safest option and are widely chosen.
Endosteal implants are further divided into threaded or screwed, bladed, and smooth or cylinder types. Your dentist will help you determine which type would suit you best.
The treatment begins by first placing a titanium post into the jawbone and a tooth is fitted onto it. This post acts as an artificial root. The healing process after treatment usually takes a while as it takes time for the post and the bone to fuse together well.
Endosteal implants are recognized for being one of the most stable dental implants. Further, they also impart a natural appearance, hence, you don’t have to worry about someone recognising your implant.
As said above, the main concern with these implants is the health of your jawbone. It is very important to have a good jaw bone with a good density. So, having a narrow jawbone ridge either naturally or as a result of trauma can result in ruling out this implant as an option for you.
These are rare types of implants generally not used routinely in practice. The procedure is highly complex and is only done if there isn’t sufficient jawbone for an endosteal implant. Unlike other implants, this one is placed in the cheekbone rather than the jawbone.
What factors affect Implant Procedure?
As dental implants are not one-size-fits-all, the cost varies from person to person based on the treatment they require. Major factors that influence the cost and procedure of implants are:
- Number of missing teeth
- Number of implants required
- Location; where the implant is to be placed within the jaw
- Whether or not any additional treatment or procedure is required to prepare your mouth for the surgery
Are there any additional procedures required to support Dental Implant Treatment?
Sinus Augmentation/ lift
Sometimes people might require implants in the upper jaw but do not have enough bone in the molar and premolar areas. Bone loss can happen due to advanced gum disease or premature loss of teeth leading to resorption of bone.
In these situations, the implant surgeon might have to perform a sinus augmentation procedure where the sinus membrane is ‘lifted’ to create room for the bone to be added to the upper jaw. Bone added can be from your own body (autogenous graft), from another human (allogenous graft), from animal sources such as bovine or equine origin, or from a synthetic source (alloplastic graft).
It takes a few months for the new bone to integrate well with the old bone after which the implant is then placed.
Some individuals face a lack of bone that restricts the placement of the implant. Your dentist, in such a case, can perform a ridge modification to increase the amount of bone.
The process involves exposing the area of the deformed bone by lifting the gum. Your dentist will then repair and build the area by using a bone or bone substitute. This procedure improves the quality of the jawbone and gives it enough strength to go through dental implant surgery. This may sometimes be performed at the time of implant placement.
What are the costs involved for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are one of the most effective and successful ways of replacing missing teeth. They improve the overall function, restore the aesthetics and bring back lost confidence.
The process of dental implants could be above the average dental treatment costs as it involves a highly specialised procedure spread over a long period of time. The consultation for implants at Martock Dental costs around £75. The cost for implants begins from £2500. A full mouth implant rehabilitation costs from £16,000 onwards.
Our implant dentists will help you determine the cost involved during your initial examination. In addition, at Martock Dental Practice, there are finance packages available or ways to spread out treatment costs over a period of time can be discussed. So, if you are looking to have your confidence back with a charming smile and a functional set of gnashers, contact us right away!