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Dental implants are a way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants can provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist who has undergone additional training. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and can often enhance or restore a patient’s smile.
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and should last many years. The success of implants is largely related to the quality and quantity of bone present in the area planned for the implant. If there is not sufficient bone- you may not be suitable for the treatment or you may need extra preparation to the site.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Restore a confident smile.
Restore chewing and assist with speech
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
How much do Dental Implants cost?
The cost can vary according to each case but as a general guide a single implant with a crown may cost around £2500.
Currently Mr Kinghorn does not place the implants himself- but works with a local implant dentist.