What is a Dental Implant?
A Dental Implant consists of a titanium fixture (or screw) that is surgically placed into the jaw bone. Over time, this fixture integrates with the bone and becomes fixed. This fixture acts as a tooth root. A porcelain crown is constructed to be attached to this fixture. The crown is the visible part of a tooth that is seen in the mouth.
How long is Dental Implant Treatment?
Dental Implant therapy may span over the course of 3 – 6 months, depending on the complexity of the case. It takes time for bone to integrate with the titanium fixture. Once the implant is fused you are ready to proceed with the crown component of the treatment and this should take approximately 2-3 weeks to complete.
How do you look after your Dental Implant?
It must be understood that regular maintenance and review is required. A hygiene regime is advised and must be adhered to by the patient at home and regular visits to your dentist are required. Radiographs are required normally every 18months to detect any change underneath the clinically visible surface.
It is normally advised that a patient has a Check Up and clean every 6 months – Implants cannot decay, however, they can become loose, fractured or suffer from gum disease, so it is important that any problems be detected early for action to be taken and treatment to be more successful.
How much do Dental Implants cost?
The cost of the treatment depends on the number of implants you require and whether you need any additional procedures before you are ready for the dental implant such as a bone graft. The cost is usually broken down into two stages, firstly the cost of the implant surgery and then secondly the cost of the crown restoration.
Dental implants may require a higher initial investment, but their longevity, can make them more economical in the long run and they also give a superior aesthetic result.