Dental Implants

Dental implants aviailable in Bourne

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small screw made of titanium which is placed into the bone to provide a stable platform for the replacement of a missing tooth. Titanium dental implants have been used for over forty years. Implants can replace one or more teeth or hold dentures securely in the mouth. There has been a large amount of research to show that implants work extremely effectively and reliably, and are the best possible replacement for missing teeth with success rates of over 96%.

What are the components of an implant?

The main component is the titanium implant itself. This looks like a small screw with a roughened surface. The implant is about the same size as the root of a natural tooth. The implant is placed into the bone and left for 4-6 weeks. After this time it is solid in the bone.

Once the implant is solid in the bone, the second part, a special titanium post, can be screwed into the implant. This is called the abutment. The abutment is used to hold a crown or bridge to the implant.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Implants are the most natural solution to tooth loss, they are both aesthetic and functional. Implants are fixed as securely as natural teeth and can not be distinguished from them.

Dental implants help to preserve healthy teeth in comparison with conventional bridges, since the neighboring teeth do not have to be ground into stumps in order to support the new teeth.

Just like a natural tooth, the stress of chewing will preserve the natural bone and shape of the jaw. If this stress is missing, the jaw bone will slowly shrink away.

With implants patients are spared the disadvantages of conventional dentures such as sore pressure points and poor fit. In addition the roof of the mouth is not longer covered by denture material this has a positive effect on both speech and the tasting of food.

Who are dental implants suitable for?

Dental implants can be used as soon as the jaws have finished growing. Implants can provide a solution for all age groups.

For successful implant treatment a patient must be in good general health and have good oral health with adequate bone quality and volume. If there is insufficient bone volume to support an implant, there are various ways of restoring the bone to prepare it for implantation.

In order to gain the best solution a full assessment with a detailed examination must be made by your dentist. If all medical and surgical conditions are met then optimal and long lasting outcomes can be met.

How much does an implant cost?

The costs involved in the treatment depend on the many different factors that can vary from person to person. The costs will depend on how many implants you intend to have and the area in which they are to be placed. The type of restoration chosen will also have a bearing on the cost, for example dentures verses crowns. Additional costs may arise if the bone has to be built up to support the implant, this is known as a bone graft or augmentation.

The dentist will give a detailed treatment plan with all costs involved after a careful assessment, however, some examples of costs can be seen on our fees page.