According to the reports of the Dental Implantologists and dental implant specialists, nowadays 3 million people currently have dental implants. This figure is rapidly growing by approximately 500,000 patients adding dental implants per year.
Dental Implants are artificial screw-like roots that are embedded in the jawbone to support the prosthesis of laboratory made teeth in order to replace missing teeth.
These dental prosthetics can be single crowns, multiple crowns, bridges or even dentures according to how extensive is the teeth loss that the patient has suffered. Crowns and bridges are fixed permanently on the dental implants providing the patient with fixed teeth, while removable dentures can be inserted and removed at will using special mounting attachments.
After surgical placement, the dental implant gets fused in the bone by a natural occurring process called osseointegration, and so becomes a permanent component of your dental arch. This integration is a unique property of the most biocompatible material that dental implants are made of, the titanium. Titanium dental implants are manufactured to last for a lifetime and can give you back a fixed, natural looking and long lasting functional dentition and smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental Implants are fixed, they set you free from chronic problems with ill-fitting dentures and you don’t have to bother removing your teeth for sleeping or eating again. Not only they resemble natural teeth in functionality but additionally dental implants hold cosmetic crowns that have proven to be in the top aesthetic dental treatments in the dental prosthetics tools of the cosmetic dentist.
- Teeth Implants are stopping the atrophy and loss of your bone. After losing any tooth, the bone around it disappears. When many or all the teeth are lost, the jawbone top ridge (that is used to support dentures) recedes and disappears. Patients that have suffered severe loss of this bone are considered by the International Medical community, as Permanently Disabled, as they cannot eat or speak properly and no denture will fit anymore as there is no bone to place it on. Additionally Implants are not usually an option anymore at this final stage. It is EARLY placement of dental implants that will stop the bone loss promptly at the proper time and age to fully restore the dentition and save the bone and the patient’s functionality, dignity and smile for life.
- Dental Implants are preventing the loss of other teeth and protecting the stability of the whole natural dentition. When we lose each single tooth, there is a tendency for the neighbouring teeth (adjacent front and back of the gap) and also for the opposing tooth of the other arch (top or bottom), to lose their natural position and drift improperly and overgrow or bend into the gap. This process can be quick or slow depending on the case and can have a detrimental outcome, as it leads to the gradual loss of these neighbouring teeth from the gum pocketing and periodontal disease that occurs. Also the improper position of teeth creates food-traps and these harbour bacteria that result in deep carries and decay of the teeth, often at non-repairable areas. Dental implants placed promptly will stop this disastrous domino effect that a single gap can cause. Concern should be raised promptly as late placement might Not be possible once the alterations deprive us from implantation space.
- Dental Implants do not need any work done on the adjacent teeth. Contrary to a dental bridge that requires the severe preparation of the adjacent teeth by the dentist, a tooth implant will leave these teeth intact. Further more, as time passes, the supporting teeth used as columns for the bridge are suffering periodontally (the bone socket and gum where the tooth is nesting is getting weaker) because of the extra workload they are carrying out. This may significantly reduce their life span and lead to their loss, and with that of course the loss of the whole bridge and a bigger gap, that would know need more dental implants than the ones originally needed to close it. Early placement of a single dental implant will prevent the above complications of a dental bridge.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the cost for a Dental Implant?
At our dental implants centre in Lincolnshire, we offer for our patients, affordable dental implants as a missing teeth replacement solution. In order to allow multiple implants placement and full mouth rehabilitation, we focus on keeping the dental implants cost for the patients placing dental implants, as low as possible, with competitive prices on dental implants that start from £1400 per tooth implant. Additional cost will be added for complex cases that require extra services like Sedation, 3D-Scan, Atraumatic extraction, Bone Grafting, Sinus lift and Special laboratory components like Custom Abutments and Surgical Guides.
A full treatment plan quotation will be offered after the initial free consultation and posted to your home address with analytical pricing that will not change under normal circumstances.
Special price offers on dental implants are available for multiple dental implants placement or extensive restorative or cosmetic dentistry. View our special offers.
For a full price guide on dental implants, please contact our dental clinic in Market Rasen.
2. Am I suitable for Dental Implants?
Teeth Implants are recommended for most patients with missing, badly fractured or extensively decayed teeth and/or for those who have ill-fitting dentures, failing bridges or aesthetically not pleasing crowns.
Ideally candidates should be in good general health and maintain a high level of oral health and hygiene. Bone levels for implants need to be adequate and gum health established. When the above criteria fail to achieve the standards needed for teeth implants’ longevity or safe placement, the dentist will construct a treatment plan that may include bone grafting, periodontal treatment, deep root scaling and hygienist gum disease treatment, or rarely a sinus lift prior to any dental implant placement.
In our dental practice in Market Rasen we offer a Free consultation and dental implants assessment to estimate your eligibility for having dental implants safely aiming to replace teeth that are missing or cannot be restored.
Our Free dental implants consultation includes clinical and radiographic examination (x-rays). This offer is permanently on for any patient that is interested in dental implants in the areas of Lincoln, Louth, Market Rasen, Woodhall spa, Horncastle and Mapplethorpe and surrounding Lincolnshire areas.
3. What is to be expected if we decide to go ahead with Dental Implants surgery?
The placement of dental implants is a process that requires between 6 and 9 months to complete, and typically it consists of the following steps:
- A. Dental implants assessment and treatment planning. (Free)
- B. 2-3 weeks after - Surgical placement of the dental implant or implants titanium part, which is like a metallic rod positioned in the place where the natural tooth is missing. In the end of this appointment, the gum will be sutured shut above the implant and the dental implant will be not visible at all and left to integrate with the bone. This appointment takes about one hour and it can be pre-arranged to take place under sedation or just local anaesthetic, according to the patient’s preference.
- C. Approximately 3-4 months after - After the above healing and osseointegration period is completed, you will attend your implant dentist for revealing the dental implant and taking impressions.
- D. After 2-3 weeks - After the laboratory has constructed the top part of the tooth implant or teeth implants (crown or implant supported bridge or implant supported denture) you will attend you implant dentist for the final fit of the restoration. A few additional visits might be needed for complex reconstructions or adjustments.
4. What if I have a bad tooth that needs extraction before implant placement?
If the extraction of a root, or of a tooth that cannot be restored, is required before placing the dental implant there are 2 ways to go:
- The extraction will take place soon after the initial dental implant assessment and then there will be a healing time of approximately 3-4 months for the socket to heal fully in order to be able to hold the dental implant securely.
- The extraction will take place first thing at the same appointment with the surgical implant placement immediately after. This option requires certain criteria to be fulfilled, like the complete absence of infection and gum disease and adequate bone levels.
In our private dental practice in Lincolnshire, Market Rasen, the implant dentist will assess your case and decide when the extraction will happen and adjust your dental implant treatment plan accordingly.
Will I need bone grafting? What if I need bone grafting?
Sometimes the bone quantity at the target site is not enough for placing a dental implant. In such a case, the implant dentist will perform a grafting procedure called bone grafting. Modern grafting material consists of bone powder derived from either ox or human candaver. Although both of these are perfectly safe, the implant dentist will discuss with you this choice prior to the procedure. We reassure you that in our implant dental clinic, we practice with grafting material of the highest standards using only the top 2 manufacturer brands in the UK.
Bone grafting will take place either on the day of the extraction or at the same time with the implant placement or at both stages, according the implant dentist’s decision. Bone grafting is charged separately and in our implant clinic in Market Rasen the cost is £190 per implant that needs grafting, a competitive price.
Will I need a sinus lift before dental implant placement? What if I need a sinus lift?
When placing a dental implant in the area of the upper molars, there is a special obstacle, the floor of our sinus cavity. In order to overcome this obstacle and gain safe space for the dental implant, we need first to perform a sinus lift, a surgical procedure prior to the implant placement. Typically the sinus lift is the addition of grafting material below the sinus, raising the floor up and gaining the precious space we need for the dental implant. The Sinus lift does not leave any visible marks after healing as it happens intra-oraly, right at the implantation site or just above. However, it is more invasive than the placement of a dental implant and so it might be accompanied by a few days of facial bruising that the patient needs to be prepared for. Sinus lifts can be performed with either only local anaesthetic or accompanied with sedation as well, according to the patient’s preference. Typical Healing time for the sinus lift is 8 months, before a dental implant can be placed at the site. A rare complication that could arise from performing a sinus lift is the perforation of the sinus floor thin membrane, which would then need special maxillofacial surgeon intervention to be corrected.
How much discomfort to expect during and after dental implant placement?
For the placement of dental implants, the dentist will always use adequate local anaesthesia so that the area of placement will be completely numb. Additionally in our implant dental clinic, we offer the option of sedation to our patients. Sedation will put the patient in a relaxed state of nirvana and take away any stress or anxiety giving a very smooth dental implant placement experience to the patient. Sedation needs to be pre-arranged and will be discussed in your free dental implant consultation. Sedation is optional and has a separate cost.
In our implant dental practice in Market Rasen Sedation cost is £240 and is performed by the intravenous administration of the safest sedative drugs in the presence of a specialist anaesthesiologist.
After the placement of dental implants, it is normal for the patient to experience relative discomfort, including minor bruising and swelling. Such post-surgical inflammation and pain may be managed with over-the-counter medications, hydrocodone, or codeine. You will be asked to eat only soft foods for approximately 2 weeks until the surgical site heals and avoid physical effort for the first few days. Depending on the type of work you do, an extra couple of days off work might be a good idea but not entirely necessary for all professionals.
You Smile Dental Care will provide you with analytical dental implants after-care instructions and support is 24/7, as we always operate as an emergency dentist for the area of Lincoln, Market Rasen, Louth, Woodhall Spa, Hornecastle, Mapplethorpe and surrounding Lincolnshire areas.
Choosing us for restoring your natural dentition with affordable dental implants is something that we take very serious in our dental practice and we commit to treat you in the best possible way so that you can smile with confidence.
How long will my implants last? How much warranty do I get for my Dental implants? Who is your dental implants manufacturer?
It has been shown that dental implants can last 20-40 years very predictably if they are carried out well, in suitable patients and if they are maintained well – by seeing a dental hygienist in regular 3 monthly intervals and keeping a high level of oral hygiene at home.
Certain conditions and bad habits however affect negatively this good success rate: smoking, periodontal gum disease, irregular dental hygienist appointments, uncontrolled diabetes, bruxism (teeth grinding), compromised immune system and bad nutrition can dramatically reduce the longevity of a dental implant.
In our dental practice in Market Rasen we use only original dental implants from the company Biohorizons www.biohorizons.com. This leading manufacturer of dental implants in the UK, gives a lifetime guarantee for the integrity of their dental implants, giving you peace of mind that your titanium implant will not break under normal circumstances.
However, when the dental implant is placed in the jaw, it can no longer be described just as a titanium screw, but as a multifunctional biologic system, a part of our body. No guarantee can be given for a biological system whose fate (staying integrated in place) will depend not only on the ever changing systemic health and immune system of the patient, but also on the regularity and accuracy of daily oral hygiene. However, in the unlikely event that the prosthesis or the components of the dental implant failed within a time period of up to 5 years, the implant dentist at You Smile dental surgery in Market Rasen would replace or repair the dental implant free but only for a patient who:
- Has kept a regular 3 monthly hygienist regime.
- In a non-smoker and a non-drinker.
- A non or very well regulated diabetic.
- Is good at cleaning the teeth and controlling the plaque, including the peri-implant gum tissues and pockets and has proven this consistently during his 6 monthly dental check ups.
- Has Denplan Insurance with Denplan that covers accidental damage in the event of an unfortunate accident or violent assault being the reasons of dental implant damage or loss.