Saturday, February 11, 2012

Dental Implants in the UK by Kathryn Dawson

Many of us have heard of dental implants thanks to the bevy of celebrities, actors and singers who seem to have them. You can therefore be forgiven for thinking that it is only in the US where treatments like this are available. I am here to tell you that it is indeed possible to have dental implants and a whole host of other dental surgery in other parts of the world, including the UK. In fact dental implants are becoming increasingly popular throughout the UK as people realise that having the perfect smile is within their grasp. There are dental surgeons in Lincolnshire and other counties who are experienced at providing this service.

So what are dental implants? If you are missing teeth or perhaps have several loose teeth then dental implants can restore them. It is a two step process but the success rate is high and the end result looks totally natural. A titanium root is implanted into the bone where the tooth is missing. Titanium is a metal that is well received by the body and therefore has a good chance of not being rejected. The root is left in the bone for a period of between 4 and 6 months so that is fuses completely and becomes fixed, as if it was totally natural and not artificial. When the dentist is happy that the root is strong and able to withstand a prosthetic tooth being attached, the second part of the procedure will take place. This involves attaching or screwing in the artificial tooth.

The tooth is created to match the rest of the teeth in the mouth. If the teeth are all a little stained, then the artificial tooth will be too. That way it blends in well and looks completely natural. Implants work just like a normal tooth so chewing food and biting into apples can be done without concern or any worry that the implant will come loose. Sometimes a removable denture can be used to replace a missing tooth, or even a fixed bridge. However, many patients prefer to have an implant as there is no need to remove enamel from adjacent teeth as there is with a fixed bridge. Also, removable dentures do not appeal to many which is why dental implants are so popular. This type of work is not always simply down to choice or preference however, and sometimes a person is unable to have the procedure done due to a variety of factors. Smokers often have bone that is weakened and therefore unable to secure the root or have the prosthetic tooth attached. There may be other reasons too so you should always talk to your dentist to find out what your options are.

Dental implants are a long term solution to restoring loose or missing teeth. They last many decades without any problems. You have to look after your teeth well if you want to reduce the chance of having further work carried out. When it comes to cost, it is likely to be around Ј1500 to Ј3000 per tooth. There is always the chance that further work will be needed in the future so you should try and factor that into the budget before deciding to have this work done.

By no means are dental implants and the other types of cosmetic dental surgery available in today's society just for the rich and famous. Dental implants in the UK are possible for everybody throughout the country. There is teeth whitening in Lincolnshire and other parts of the country too. It is even possible to have same day dental implants too if you are in a hurry! If this is of interest to you, then you should seek out a dentist that offers this service.