Dental Implants for Three Missing Teeth

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If you are missing three adjacent teeth on the same jaw, you might consider consulting with your dental practice in order to get a dental implant replacing the three missing or loose teeth. If, however, the three missing teeth cannot be replaced by the same implant because of their location, then you might have to place multiple implants. If this idea is new to you and you would like some further information on implants, the procedure and costs, then please refer to the following information.

What implant would work best for me?

If you are placing one implant to replace three teeth, then there are a vast gamut of implants to choose from. As a matter of fact, there are over 150 established dental implant manufacturers, and with such variety, you are assured to find the perfect solution for your dental problem. The specific kind of implant will therefore be agreed upon by you and your dentist depending on variables such as: your palate conformation, the deepness, strength and width of your jaw, and also considering the budget you want to allocate to the treatment. More generally, 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 commonly 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.

However, if 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 three 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. As a consequence, it resembles a series of solid tooth roots. Therefore, the subperiosteal implant is indeed 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 all this cost?

Because of their delicate yet crucial nature, replacing teeth can be expensive, both for medical and cosmetic purposes. In the case you are planning to support three restorations with one dental implant, then it will cost you less compared to if you were replacing only one tooth. As a general rule in fact, it costs less to get an implant which replaces several teeth than a single one. A very rough estimate of costs in the UK breaks down as follows: initial check-up and consultation with x-rays and/or CT scan(s) of around £50-£100, an Endosteal implant between £1,000 – £3,000,  and a bone graft (if necessary) between £500 - £2,500. The costs of the crowns then depend on the material being used. The price variations are due to the fact that dental practices in some areas will charge more due to local rent and living standards. Prices also depend on the skill and reputation of the dentist, whether you are getting ‘immediate loading’, and what kind of implant you prefer. Therefore, choosing the right dentist is of paramount importance, both for your teeth and to ensure you pay the right price.

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