Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
If you’re missing a tooth or about to have a tooth or teeth extracted then no doubt you’ve been considering your options for tooth replacement. Dental implants in North Harrow and elsewhere in London and the UK are steadily becoming one of the most popular methods of tooth replacement, and they’re regarded as the most natural alternative to real teeth.
Dental implants are the only form of tooth replacement that replaces the entire tooth, including the root, and since they’re inserted into the gum during a short surgical procedure, they’re also considered permanent. Basically a titanium post is inserted into the jaw which bonds with the surrounding bone and once this has happened, it’s topped with a prosthetic crown. Implants can be used for single tooth replacement, fixed multiple teeth replacement and for removable implant supported dentures. So however many teeth need replacing, there are options for everyone.
In order to be a suitable candidate for dental implants in North Harrow you need to have the following:
- A good level of oral hygiene with healthy teeth and gums
- Healthy and plentiful bone in the jaw in which to support the implant
- Good overall health and not be suffering from any conditions which might prevent you from having surgery
- A non-smoker or at least to have quitted a few weeks prior to treatment and during the recovery period
- A fully developed jaw, so you’re likely to be over the age of 18
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- Stand-alone structures which don’t need support from other teeth
- Help prevent bone loss
- Long lasting if cared for properly
- Look, feel, and act like natural teeth
- Comfortable and natural looking
- Easy to clean
The downsides of dental implants are initially the cost. Averaging around £1500 per tooth, dental implants don’t come cheap. Having said that, if you look at the fact that the very first dental implant that took place was still going strong when the patient died 40 years later, then provided they’re cared for, they have the potential for longevity. Compare this to bridges and dentures which have a shelf life of around 10-15 years at most, and implants suddenly seem more cost effective.
The other issue with implants is the length of time they take from the initial consultation to the final fitting. They’re fitted in stages which each require a period of healing, and this can vary from one individual to another. However, you can expect an implant to take around 6-9 months before you see the finished result, and longer in some cases. That said, there are instances where patients can have implants fitted the same day.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants and indeed, finding out if you’re a suitable candidate, then why not get in touch with Imperial Dental Care, your local dentist in North Harrow. We offer a free implant consultation where you can meet our team of dental experts and get your questions answered. Call today on 020 8427 2264 or visit our website at www.imperialdentalcare.co.uk for more information.