Dental Implant in Stoke on Trent – What’s the hidden costs?

A dental implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth, under the category of cosmetic dentistry. First a tooth root is placed in the bone underneath the gums, this is called the root. Once the dental root is placed, conventional crowns and bridges can be made to ‘grow’ the artificial tooth by grafting (extracting) bone from other tooth (it will grow back again) and use the graft on the crown. An implant feels just like a normal tooth, and all basic expected functions can be performed after recovery for example biting an apple. We specialise in dental implants at City Professional Dentists Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

The tooth root (known as the implant) can be made from different materials but is commonly made from titanium. From amongst the many methods of implant systems, there is no preferred method over the other rather when applied competently they all result in highly satisfactory outcomes. The objective of placing implant is to have contact with the surrounding bone, so that later on bone can develop on to the implant. This will help the durability and the stability of the process and ultimately better results. The process of the implant includes fitting a screw or post space onto the bone. This then allows for further crowns and bridges and dentures to be applied later on.

  

This quick overview video on dental implants should get you up to speed:

  

Who is the ideal candidate for a dental implant?

Dental implants are very common amongst adults who have reached an age where the jawbone has stopped growing, which means that when a tooth is taken out, a new one will not grow to replace it, unlike younger patients who are still growing, commonly another tooth will replace the missing one.

During the healing process of the dental implant, bad habits need to be avoided to achieve full success. This includes abstinence from smoking, drinking and unhealthy eating. This factor cannot be overlooked as it would affect the long-term health and the functionality of the gum. It is not unheard of that dentist’s have rejected some patients who have not been able to commit to changing their lifestyle and habits. Although this is only a guideline, it is advised to speak to your dentist or your doctor for more personalised advice regarding your treatment as every case has its merits and there is no fixed room for all.

Am I suitable for a tooth implant?

Suitability varies between patients and situations, your dentist will assess your situation and condition by taking a detailed pre-assessment in regards to your current health, the condition of your mouth and teeth and will provide you with a detailed report or guideline with regards to your implant treatment.

This pre-assessment typically consists of x-rays and even a mould of your teeth so that the dentist may continue to examine and assess even after you have left. This procedure is very detailed and done with a high level of accuracy to determine what is best suitable for you, for example the surgeon may need to assess how many implants are required for a certain gap, or how much bone (graft) is available for use. This prerequisite can help you make important decisions and help you discuss whether you want to further proceed with the treatment before it’s too late.

The dentist will also advice you at this point to maintain good health and condition your mouth as a healthy and clean mouth is vital to a quick a pain-free recovery after your dentistry. This may not always be written and it is very reasonable to expect a verbal guideline on how to achieve this by your dentist.

What is the expected recovery time?

Recovery times can vary from the time of the tooth implant to between six weeks and six months. The number depends entirely on the quality of the operation and the quality of the bone (graft). The stronger the bone, the shorter the recovery time can be expected. Of course with a poorer quality bone, the longer the treatment time, hence up to six months.

How much do dental implants cost?

Dental implant prices can vary depending on your specific procedure and the number of implants required. It’s extremely difficult to give a specific number that ‘fits all needs’ but generally you’re looking to pay between £800 – £1,800 for a single implant and around £4,500 for all-on-4 implants. Of course full mouth implants or all front teeth would cost much more, but definitely worth it!

With all that in mind, most dental clinics offer low cost financing options to make the surgery more affordable to everyday patients, and this is the better option as opposed to offering cheaper solutions which bear more risks due to lack of quality.

In the UK, the NHS may pay for your treatment depending on the severity of your situation, your age and benefits you receive. Your dental consultant will advise you on options specifically available to you. If you have health care or MedicalAid, you may be eligible to carry out the procedure for free – contact your health insurance provider for more information.

 

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Who can I speak to for further advice?

Its always best to speak to a specialist in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire who is qualified to advise you about you health, be careful! There are many websites and forums that can give misleading information regarding dental implants and many people are now suffering years on after their treatment at the cost of skipping the initial consultation. Better safe than sorry!

Where can I get dental implants in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire?

That’s why we’re here, give us a call on 0170 061 2039 and you can speak directly to a dental expert (not the receptionist) and get professional expert advice on whether or not a dental implant is best for you. Don’t sweat it, there is no commitments, just a friendly chat with someone who knows what they’re doing and has been doing it for the past 10 years!