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Why choose dental implants?

Dental implants are more than just a solution for missing teeth – they are a real investment in your confidence and wellbeing, offering a long term solution that looks and feels completely natural. In fact, many patients find that dental implants completely transform their lives. So what exactly are dental implants, how do they work and why are they a great choice to replace missing teeth? Let’s take a closer look.

Dental implants – what am I paying for?

If you are considering investing in dental implants, it is really important that you understand exactly what you are paying for. Unfortunately, there are many misleading adverts for implants, and not all dentists are upfront about their costs.

Although every patient is different, here at Oak Mount Dental Practice, we pride ourselves on honest and transparent pricing with no hidden extra charges. We will always tell you exactly what is involved in your treatment and what you are paying for, so there are never any unpleasant surprises. The cost of implants with us includes the highest quality implants fitted by an extremely experienced specialist – and of course, you’ll always be supported during and after your care by our friendly and caring dental care team. With a reputation spanning over thirty years, you can put your trust in out practice.

The Initial Consultation

The initial consultation is the beginning of your journey to a brand new you. Whether you are looking to replace a single tooth or an entire arch, dental implants can be used to provide a fixed replacement and are suitable for almost every patient. However, because every individual is unique, it is important that your implantologist is able to conduct a thorough examination prior to beginning treatment. The initial consultation will allow your dentist to:

  • Discuss your expectations
  • Make sure that dental implants are a suitable treatment for you
  • Explain how dental implants work and what the treatment involves
  • Check for any problems such as gum disease which may need treating prior to treatment
  • Take or request X-rays if needed
  • Create a personalised treatment plan
  • Confirm the price for your treatment

The initial consultation will usually last for about one hour and you will have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

The Dental Implant Process

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant consists of three parts:

  • The implant itself, which is a replacement for the natural root of your tooth
  • The crown, which is the replacement tooth
  • The abutment, used to mount the crown on the implant.

Fitting the implant

Fitting the implant is the most important part of the process, as just like the roots of your natural teeth this provides the foundation for everything else. It is made from titanium as this material is able to bond with bone – meaning that the new root actually becomes a permanent part of the structure of your jaw. Dental implants are fitted while your gums are anaesthetised, meaning that you won’t feel any pain during the process.

Bone grafting

In some cases, it may be necessary to perform an additional procedure known as ‘bone grafting’ in order to provide a suitably secure foundation for the implant. Don’t worry – this is not as bad as it sounds. In most cases, your dentist will use a special material that is added to your jawbone and this may even be done at the same time as the implant is fitted. If bone grafting is required, your dentist will cover this in-depth during your initial consultation.

Temporary abutments

Once the implants have been fitted, you may be fitted with temporary abutments to protect them during the healing process. This process is also sometimes known as ‘osseointegration’ and typically lasts three to four months. If you have had a bone graft, this may take up to six months.

Fitting the crown

The final step in the dental implant process is having your crown(s) fitted. This will typically be done in a single visit – leaving you free to walk away with your brand new smile!

Does dental implant treatment hurt?

Because the entire process is carried out under anaesthetic, most patients do not feel anything other than slight discomfort, usually during the healing process. It is important nonetheless to remember that it is a minor surgical procedure and therefore the experience may vary for each patient. Once the implant is in place you should be able to eat and drink normally within a matter of 24-48 hours. After that, your implant is a permanent fixture and is indistinguishable from the real thing.

To find out more about dental implants or to book your initial consultation, get in touch with the team at Oak Mount Dental Practice Today. Call now on 0161 445 1211.

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