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As essential guide to Dental Implants

If you’re looking into dental implants either as a necessary or an essential then it’s highly likely that you’ll appreciate all the information you can gather on the subject. This guide will tell you all about dental implants, what they are and what the types of procedures are that are currently offered.

What are dental implants?
A dental implant is where an artificial tooth replaces an old tooth, or where the tooth once stood. This artificial tooth has a base that is made from titanium and is shaped as a screw is. This then fits into the jawline to securely fit the dental implant.

Whilst this then sounds like a rather scary procedure you should be aware that when undertaken by qualified and experienced professionals it really isn’t something to be scared of. You’ll be thoroughly assessed, briefed and provided with pain relief throughout the process.

Driving down the cost of your dental implant
Before reading these tips you shield bear in mind that you should never opt for a provider who you are not confident in. Dental implants are only safe and relatively painless if the person is qualified in such a procedure. As a guideline if your gut doesn’t feel right, find somewhere else!
One of the main factors that will define how expensive your dental plant is will be what implant type and which manufacturer your dental implant is. Generally speaking the majority of dentists undertaking implants stock implants within the same price range.

If the teeth that you’re having implanted are considered as being in what is known as the ‘aesthetic zone’ (e.g. where they are always clearly visible) then it is likely that you’ll pay more than for teeth that aren’t in this area.

The number of implants required
Whilst the more implants that are needed inevitably means that you will face a larger bill, you should bear in mind that relatively speaking each implant will cost less. It is therefore advisable that you have all work done at the one time, rather than spacing out treatment over a period of time.

Implant restoration
Following your implant procedure your new teeth should take around 3 to 9 months to ‘take hold’ or, in other words, settle down. Your dentist will then go on to place a permanent crown onto the abutment. Once this process is complete you will need regular check-ups to ensure that your implants are in good order. Such check-ups are no more frequent than your usual dentistry appointments however.

You should also note that this three to nine month healing process will sometimes vary, depending upon the health of the patient. Such healing times are primarily affected by factors such as age, health and the individual structure of the jaw.