Updated: Dec 18, 2018
Dental Implants are becoming far more common than you think.
The sign of a good dental implant crown or bridge is that you don’t notice it! It looks so like the real thing that to the untrained eye, it looks like your own teeth/teeth.
The consultation will involve assessing the area that requires Implants. Special x-rays in the form of a CT Scan are usually taken to check existing bone levels. This may affect the success of the implant procedure. Your Implantologist should then provide you with a fully comprehensive treatment outlining both the treatment involved and the costs. Quite often the dentist can use an artificial bone material to graft around the site if required to enhance the retention and stability and again this should be clearly explained to you.
The procedure itself is carried out under local anaesthetic. It is a pretty straight forward procedure however if you are a nervous patient, it may be worth exploring whether the Implantologist uses any form of oral sedation. The dental implants themselves are a titanium rod inserted into the bone and left in place for the bone to fuse around the implant. This then forms the ‘new root’ on which the Implant Crown is fixed, usually after 3-6 months.
Dental Implants are being taken up by people of all ages; those with dentures who no longer wish to put up with unstable and uncomfortable plates that are food traps can have their dentures 'stabilised' with the use of dental implants, or even totally replaced with full dental implant bridges through to people in their 20’s who have lost a single tooth due to maybe an accident, a sports injury or simply decay.
The procedure is no longer limited to the wealthy as supply and demand brings prices down and some dental practices offer affordable monthly payment plans to spread the cost of your treatment.
For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180