Saturday, January 14, 2012

Learn About Dental Implants In The UK by Kathryn Dawson

Have you heard about dental implants? They are becoming more and more popular throughout the UK and beyond as they offer an effective solution to the problem of missing teeth. Teeth can become loose as the body ages. It is not uncommon for people to lose the odd tooth through decay or accidents even, but in the past there weren't too many options available for replacing teeth. Dental implants are strong and effective and although totally prosthetic look completely real. This article provides everything you need to know about dental implants in the UK.

In more detail a dental implant is a titanium "root" that is attached to the bone in the jaw. It is left there for a while until it has completely fused with the bone as if it were natural. When the bond between root and jaw is strong enough, a prosthetic tooth is screwed into the root and voila - the missing tooth is replaced. The root implant is made of titanium because not only is it ultra strong but it is also a substance that is not rejected by the body. The patient must undergo surgery in order to have the root inserted into the mouth. This can only be done on patients who have good solid bone in the jaw. If the bone has been weakened through age or smoking or some other problem then the dentist may deem it unsuitable for this kind of treatment. Cutting through the gum is necessary in order to attach the root to the bone so anesthesia is administered during the surgery. Once it has been attached the gum is sewn back and allowed to heal. For several months the root is left to fuse with the bone. Regular checkups will be necessary over the coming months to check the wound is healing, to check the root is taking hold and to check the body is not rejecting the implant.

When the dentist is satisfied the implant is well and truly secure they will attach a prosthetic tooth to the implant. The tooth itself is always modeled around the other teeth in the mouth. It would not look good if the teeth were discoloured except for one prosthetic pearly white. To the casual observer a dental implant looks totally real. It is impossible to tell if someone has one and they are extremely strong too. They will last for decades so long as the teeth are looked after well. Regular dentists can carry out this procedure so you don't need to visit a specialist or cosmetic dentist. The price of this procedure varies, but dental implants in the UK cost between Ј1500 and Ј3000 per tooth. It is important to be aware however that future work may be required and this will cost additional money.

If you are considering having this work done, the first step is talking to your regular dentist. They will be able to advise you on whether you are a suitable candidate or whether there is an alternative solution that is more appropriate. Not everyone is suitable for this surgery and some people just don't have strong enough bones to support the tooth. Smokers in particular suffer from weakened bones in the jaw and therefore may not be able to undergo this type of procedure. For recommendations on where to have it done you should speak to your dentist. They will likely to be able to carry out the procedure themselves or certainly recommend someone who can.

Dental implants in the UK are a popular cosmetic dental treatment. Everyone wants good strong, healthy teeth and so regular cleaning and check ups are vital. If you want a nice looking set of teeth you could opt for some simple tooth whitening or if you would like to replace some teeth then dental implants may be more appropriate.