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First of all, what is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a metal screw or post, typically made from titanium, which essentially replaces a tooth’s root, and is fitted into the jawbone. It can form the foundation for further dentistry, such as a bridge, a crown, or dentures. A single implant, or several, can be fitted depending on need.
What does the procedure involve?
There are two phases and it usually takes several months. In the first instance, local anaesthetic is administered, an incision is made, and then a hole is drilled in the space where the implant will be fitted. It is then screwed or fixed into place. A second part is then screwed or attached to it, and the area is then stitched / resealed. During the course of the next few months, the implant becomes fixed into the bone. Once this process has happened, a series of appointments to fit a crown, for example, can take place.
How long do implants last?
Dental implants are a tried and tested treatment, which has been in existence for a long time. They can last for a very long time, and are subject to the same rules as normal teeth - good care should ensure they return many years of use.
How much do dental implants cost?
Unfortunately, dental implants are not generally available on the NHS, other than in exceptional circumstances. Typically, they are only available through private dentistry, and can cost anywhere from £1,500 to £4,000.