Introduction to teeth replacement with implants
Teeth repalcement with implants is a procedure that replaces one or more missing teeth, dental implants are placed in the jawbone, and they look and function like ordinary teeth. Today, it is possible to replace almost all lost teeth with this procedure.
A dental implant is basically an artificial tooth root, made of titanium and is surgically screwed into the jawbone, where it heals. Then a crown, bridge or denture is placed.
Modern dental implants have been used for over 40 years. Around 10,000 dental implant procedures are performed each year in the UK. Dental implants are a permanent and much appreciated alternative to crowns, bridges and dentures.
To replace one or more missing teeth with dental implants is an amazing method, which can restore the physical appearance and the chewing function, and thus give many patients new quality of life.
Are you a suitable candidate for dental implants?
First and foremost, it must be clear that dental implants despite dental insurance will cost somewhere between £1,000-£3,500 each. You can read more about it on the page about costs of dental implants.
There is no upper age limit for dental implants. However, bone growth must be fully completed at the time of implant place, as it normally is at the age of 17-18.
The key to a successful teeth replacement with implants is that there must be enough bone in the jaw to support the implant and to ensure the highest quality possible. If there is not enough bone to support, it is possible to harvest bone from elsewhere in the body.
Some patients may not be suitable for teeth replacement with dental implants. People who eat certain medications or who suffer from any condition, which affects the body’s ability to heal are sometimes advised from implant treatment. The same applies to heavy smokers and drinkers.