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A Helpful Guide to Undertaking Dental Implants

For many people the decision to undergo dental implant surgery isn’t one that should be taken lightly. There are many aspects to consider so you really need to have as much information as possible at your fingertips. With this in mind, here’s a useful guide to help you make up your mind.

How long does the process take?


Whether you opt for dental implants in Richmond or anywhere else in the UK, the time taken depends upon a number of factors such as the amount of implants needed, the state of your jaw bone and whether you may require a bone graft, the time taken for the bone to merge with the implant, and any further complications. That said, you can generally say that from start to finish implants take between 3-9 months from first consultation to final fixing.


How much does it cost? Again this depends upon the type of surgery and the amount of dental implants that you’re having done. The cost can also vary from surgery to surgery but here in the UK, expect to pay somewhere between £1000 to £2500 per implant. Costs can be cheaper in Asia and South America, but like any surgical tourism procedures there are risks involved.


How does it work?


There are several stages to fitting implants and it always starts with a consultation. This is where the dentist will talk to you about the procedure and will take X-rays which will help to discover the health state of your jaw bone. If the jaw bone isn’t healthy or there isn’t sufficient enough bone to attach the implant into, then a bone graft will need to be carried out before any implants are fitted. This then needs time to heal. Assuming that the bone is healthy, and then the next stage is to undergo surgery to attach the implant. Surgery takes as little as 2 hours and during this time the patient is generally conscious. Once the implants have been fitted then healing time is needed for the bone to merge with the titanium implant (Osseointegration). When this has occurred, usually 3-6 months, then the abutment and prosthetic crown can be fitted. This process will be the same whether you undergo a dental implant in Richmond or anywhere else in the country. Finally regular check-ups are needed to monitor progress.


What are the benefits?


Well fitting dental implants can last you a lifetime if cared for properly and have the ability to restore your smile and bring back your confidence. Caring for them is as simple as regular brushing and flossing and once fitted they will look incredibly natural giving you a problem free solution to your dental deficiencies.

If you want to know more about dental implants in Richmond, then you need to speak to Sheen Dental. They’ve been successfully fitting dental implants for many years and have a wealth of experience. Why not contact them today on 020 8876 5277 or visit the website at www.sheendental.co.uk

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