Dental Implants for Five Missing Teeth

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If you are missing five teeth, then you might consider consulting with your dental practice so to get dental implant(s) which can replace your loose or missing teeth. Implants are designed specifically to last even longer than natural teeth, and to be relatively hassle-free to take care of. They are furthermore made out of biocompatible materials, which are aimed at minimising the risk of allergic reaction and rejection. In the case you are not familiar with dental implants and how they work, please refer to the following information.

What dental implant would be best for me?

In order to choose the best implant for you, it is advisable to meet with your dentist for an implant consultation. You will then be advised of what implant will suit your dental requirements best, and which ones will be more appropriate to your budget. Nevertheless, generically speaking, the classic dental implant is the ‘Endosteal’ one (Root Form implant). This involves placing the selected implant directly into the jawbone, and it can hold one or several artificial teeth. After the implant has fused firmly with the jaw, the surgeon will then fit a solid attachment (or abutment) to hold the tooth or teeth in place. This implant is very versatile and works best on patients with a wide and strong jawbone. Nevertheless, if you have a small jawbone you can still get the Endosteal implant by bone grafting. Another widely used implant is the Plate Form implant. As the name suggests, instead of using a screw of cylinder, a plate is inserted into the jawbone. The plate is in fact inserted through small incisions made in the gums which are then closed with tiny stitches. The attachments and crowns are then fitted as a consequence.

In case your jaw is not wide enough  and bone grafting is not an option (due to bone resorption or gum decay), then a Subperiosteal implant might be considered as it places a personalised lightweight framework underneath your gum tissue. This implant will therefore assure that your five teeth will be firmly supported, and its accuracy is ensured via CT scans and/or X-rays, ‘impressions’ and even the latest computer aided implants. This implant acts as an anchoring mean for later restorations; it effectively serves as a series of solid tooth roots. Therefore, the subperiosteal implant is a more expensive option, and if this represents an issue, then a mini dental implant might be considered instead. As the name suggests, this is simply a smaller scale implant which works well as a replacement for smaller teeth and, because of its size, does not require any bone grafting before insertion. This implant is also made out of titanium and functions very well as a fixture for dentures

How much would it cost?

Dental implants are generally on the expensive side because of their delicate and important nature. It is for this very reason that countless dental practices have been opened abroad and offer a nominally cheaper service, hence creating a “dental tourism” phenomenon. Although the perspective of saving considerable amounts of money is naturally enticing, it is important to check the credentials, skills and experience of every dentist, both in the UK and abroad. Said this, prices in the UK vary mostly on these grounds:

  • Where the dental practice is located (areas with high living costs and rents will be more expensive)
  • The material of the implants, crowns, bridges or dentures (ie. Whether acrylic or ceramic is used)
  • The experience and reputation of the surgeon (more experience usually entails higher costs)
  • Which kind of implant is being used
  • How many implants must be placed and also where

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