Do you have missing teeth?
Has your confidence been knocked by a missing tooth? Dental implants are a long-lasting and discreet choice of treatment for replacing missing or failing teeth.
It’s a big decision choosing whether or not to have an implant procedure, you need to understand if it’s the right option for you. According to the Association of Dental Implantology, 130,000 implants are placed in the UK every year1 and Bupa Dental Care continues to treat implant patients daily. Do your research, find out what’s involved and be confident with your decision and your smile. Read on to understand everything you need to know about dental implants.
Dental implants explained
Dental implants are often made of titanium and have an internal screw called an abutment that holds a false tooth (or teeth) in place. You can opt for single implants, or multiple implants if you need more than one tooth replacing. If you have few or no teeth, you might also consider the teeth in a day technique, which uses four to six dental implants supported by a bridge.
The benefits of dental implants and alternative solutions
Other popular solutions for replacing missing teeth include dentures or bridges, which are fixed to adjacent teeth. Implants are known for their durability and, if you know how to care for your implant, it can last as long as natural teeth.
Dentures are a common way of replacing teeth. They have an average lifespan of 5 to 10 years and can last longer than expected, however, they can become less comfortable as the mouth changes shape over time.
Implants won’t cause any damage to your existing teeth. Bridges which support two or more teeth may require cutting of natural teeth. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, your own teeth are left untouched. Individual implants also allow easy access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
People might choose to have bridges because, in some circumstances, it is a less complicated procedure than implants. They also might be needed if your dentist doesn’t think you have enough bone to fit an implant and you don’t want to have a bone graft. You can read more about preparing to have an implant here.
Are dental implants available on the NHS?
Implants are usually only available through private dental care. Once you have discussed your individual treatment plan with your dentist, they can give you an indication of the cost of dental implant treatment.
In very rare cases, implants might be available on the NHS for those in exceptional circumstances, such as those who have suffered from mouth cancer. You should check with your dentist if you feel you might qualify.
Why choose Bupa Dental Care for your implant?
Bupa Dental Care is the biggest private dental care provider in the UK and offers dental implants at over 160 practices nationwide. All our dentists who fit implants have undergone further postgraduate training, and are fully qualified to offer implant treatment.
We want our patients to have confidence in the services we offer, which is why we offer a one-year guarantee for our dental implants, as well as other treatments such as fillings, root fillings, inlays and crowns.
So why wait to get your new smile? Find your nearest practice offering implants below and get in touch to book your initial consultation.
1Association of Dental Implantology via Dentistry.co.uk- https://www.dentistry.co.uk/2018/02/20/skys-limit-implant-dentistry/