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5 Top Answers To Questions You Really Want To Know About Dental Implants

So you’re considering a dental implant in Richmond? Well congratulations you’ve come to the right place! Here at Sheen Dental we’re an experienced practice who have been successfully carrying out dental implant procedures for many years. Over the years we’ve been asked a barrage of questions by our patients, so we felt that it would be a good idea to give you answers to the top five.


What exactly is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium screw-like rod which serves as a replacement for a missing tooth. It screws straight into the jaw bone and works as a replacement for teeth either on the top or bottom row. It’s made from titanium because it is bio-compatible and results in natural bone tissue merging and fusing with it over time to produce a strong platform upon which to attach a crown. Implants can be used both as a solution for replacing single and multiple teeth.


Will dental implants work specifically for me?

Virtually anyone who is missing even one tooth is a candidate for dental implants. One determining factor is the quality and density of the bone you have left. However even if do you have poor quality or insufficient bone then there are still certain procedures that can be carried out, such as bone grafts, so that implants can then be properly placed. All things considered, your dentist should and will evaluate whether or not dental implants are the best option for you.


What about their success rate?

Dental implants have been honed and perfected over the past forty years and as such now carry a high success rate, somewhere in the region of around 95%. If the wearer cares for their implant properly then there is documented evidence to support the fact that they can last in excess of 40 years. Many of the top implant manufacturers will guarantee their products for life.


I’m a pensioner over 70. Can I still have dental implants?

Age certainly isn’t a problem for dental implants as health is a far more determining factor. So if you’re in reasonable health and fit enough to have a tooth extracted, then you should be okay to have implants. Again this will be determined by your dentist.


How much should I expect to pay for dental implants?

One thing you’ll notice when you start to compare prices is that they’ll vary tremendously. This can be in the range of £1000 to £3000 per tooth. Prices are often dependent on a number of variables including the type of implants used, the experience of the dentist, and the locality of the clinic itself. You may have also seen cheap implants for under £900 abroad, and while not all foreign options are bad, be aware that you often get what you pay for. Patients also need to take into account accommodation and travelling costs while in the country, and what might happen should things go wrong. For many people, seeing a dentist they can trust and one with a lot of experience, often far outweighs the price issue and some will even go so far as to say that their dentist of choice is “re-assuringly expensive.”


If you’d like further information on just how dental implants in Richmond can help you, then visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk or contact us on 020 8876 5277 to book a free, no-obligation consultation.

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