Dental implants have been available for over 50 years and have given many people a new lease on life. They allow people to replace missing teeth with a prosthetic that is anchored into the jawbone. Dental implants eliminate the need for dentures or a bridge and can often be a more cost-effective solution over the lifetime of the restoration.
Dental implants have a success rate of around 95%, and many of the issues that cause dental implant failure are easily avoided with the right aftercare. The decision to get dental implants is a big one. In this guide to dental implants in Rayleigh, we will explore if you would be a suitable candidate for this procedure and how it can improve your life.
A person’s overall health is also very important in determining whether or not they are a good candidate for dental implants. Other health issues such as diabetes and certain cancer treatments would also make an individual unsuitable for dental implants. However, this might not rule them out entirely, so they should always consult with their dentist before making any decisions about getting dental implants.
During your initial consultation with us, we will explore potential risk factors that could impact the success of dental implants. We will also explore the treatment plan and what you can expect before, during and after treatment.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a type of treatment for missing teeth. They are a modern alternative to dentures and can help restore a person's natural smile.
Dental implants are implanted into the bone tissue in your jaw. This small titanium screw mimics the role of the tooth root. Once healed, an abutment is placed on the end of the implant which will then hold the final restoration in place.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, a bridge with multiple teeth, or an entire arch. This versatile restoration is a permanent solution for missing teeth and could replace the need for veneers, bridges and even dentures.
While the treatment might be more costly than other restorations, it is more cost-effective in the long term when you consider the lifetime value of a dental implant.
The dental implant procedure typically takes place over multiple visits and could take around six months to finish the treatment. If there isn’t enough bone density to place a dental implant, a bone graft might be required to create a more sturdy base. Bone grafting will extend the treatment time.
Every dental implant journey is different, but there are a few steps you can expect to encounter. This includes:
Dental implant consultation and assessment. Your dentist needs to check that you are a suitable candidate before you can go ahead with treatment.
Placing the dental implant and allowing the jaw bone to heal around it.
Placing the healing abutment and shaping the gum to create a natural contour.
Placing the final restoration.
Aftercare information and advice.
Regular checkups to monitor the health of your dental implant.
Different Dental Implant Solutions are available in Rayleigh
There are two types of dental implants, the conventional dental implant and the titanium bone anchor. Conventional dental implants are used when there is enough bone to support the implant. Titanium bone anchors are used in cases where there is no significant amount of bone for conventional implants to attach to.
The titanium bone anchors have a wide range of uses, including all-on-4 dental implants. This type of treatment makes it possible to restore an entire dental arch in just one visit. The longer implants are placed at an angle to provide a sturdy base that is ready to support a temporary denture.
Conventional dental implants may be used to replace a single tooth or to create a multiple-point anchor for a removable or fixed denture. Single implants are also suitable for supporting a dental bridge for multiple missing teeth. Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants offer a versatile solution.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are often preferable to other methods because they maintain the natural anatomy of the mouth and are less invasive than other tooth-replacement methods. These are just some of the benefits of dental implants:
The surrounding teeth do not need to be prepared, as is the case with a bridge. In fact, dental implants can help to maintain the surrounding and opposite teeth by preventing the remaining teeth from shifting.
The dental implant maintains the natural anatomy of the mouth, instead of changing it as removable dentures do. Missing teeth leads to loss of bone density in the jaw which can create a sunken appearance. Dental implants help to maintain bone density and create a more youthful appearance.
Dental implants do not need to be stuck in place with adhesive, so the wearer can eat, smile and speak with confidence. Individuals can also wear their dental implants at night and care for them like natural teeth.
While the initial treatment may be more expensive than a bridge or denture, it offers a long-lasting solution to missing teeth. The titanium implant will last a lifetime and only the crown or denture may need to be repaired or replaced over time.
Once the treatment is complete, no one will ever need to know you have dental implants. They look and function just like real teeth, so you can smile and speak with confidence again.
No foods are off-limits with dental implants, so you can be confident your health won’t be impacted by limited food choices. Those living with traditional dentures will often suffer from malnutrition due to limited food options. With dental implants, you can eat bread, fruits and vegetables with confidence.
Cost of Dental Implant Treatment
The final cost of dental implants will all depend on your treatment options. Things like bone grafting and extractions will cost more than a simple dental implant treatment. And a single dental implant will be less costly than a full arch restoration.
While it might be tempting to look overseas for cheap dental implant treatments, it would be far more beneficial to choose a dental practice closer to home. A lot can change during the treatment plan, and you wouldn’t want to be far away from home when you learn that the treatment may take longer. Aftercare is also essential for the success of dental implants.
The cost of dental implant treatment in Rayleigh with Benfleet Dental Centre will start at £30 for the initial consultation and then a single implant will start at £2,000. If bone grafting is required, this type of treatment starts at £250. Choosing a well-equipped dental implant centre will ensure that all stages of your treatment are carried out under one roof, minimising travel and disruption to your life.
It’s also worthwhile looking for a dental practice that offers the opportunity to spread the cost of treatment. This will enable you to manage the cost of your treatment and ensure that your financial situation does not dictate whether you can access the dental care you need.
Why Choose us?
Finding a good dentist is always a difficult task, and it's even more difficult when you need to undergo dental implant treatment. At Benfleet Dental Centre, we offer a relaxed and calming space for your treatment, ensuring that it is as stress-free as possible.
Our skilled and experienced team can guide you through dental implant treatment to help you make the right choice for your needs. We have helped thousands of patients to say goodbye to ill-fitting dentures and smile with confidence again. Dental implants can also offer a way forward following an accident, ensuring that you can get your life back on track.
We are conveniently located in Benfleet, close to the town of Rayleigh. Drive time between Rayleigh and Benfleet is just 10 minutes, making it the ideal choice of dental implant practice for residents of both towns.
Rayleigh is a small town in Essex whose name derives from the Anglo-Saxon words “Roe”, a deer, and “leigh”, a clearing. It is only 32 miles west of London and has a population of over 32,000. It is located between Chelmsford and Southend-on-Sea. This commuter town exploded in popularity in the 1990s when new housing estates were built for the growing population.
At the heart of Rayleigh is the Rayleigh Windmill, which is over 200 years old. This location is a popular spot for weddings, with couples coming from surrounding towns for the chance to say “I do” in this historic venue.
Rayleigh is also a popular shopping town with a thriving shopping centre served by excellent bus and train links. The town centre has retained much of its traditional charm while still offering modern amenities to make it a popular choice for London commuters.
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