Are Dental Implants Right For You?
The Benefits & Pitfalls Of Dental Implants
Before starting on your dental implant patient journey, you should consider whether implants are right for you and your dental needs. Modern treatments provide permanent solutions with high success rates (from 95%) that have only improved over time, but can involve surgery and a long healing time - so what are some of the benefits and downsides you should consider?
One of the key benefits of seeking dental implant treatment is their modern form and function. Dental implants can impart a positive practical and aesthetic impact on patients, particularly where existing teeth are missing or in particularly poor condition and where other denture solutions have not provided positive results. Modern dental implants are designed to look natural and complement your existing teeth in style, as well as being particularly hard wearing in comparison to traditional dentures - with none of the stigma or complex maintenance.
This benefit also has the psychological side effect of improving or restoring confidence, particularly in the patient’s smile, and so improves the quality of life of dental implant patients beyond the practical benefits. With the long life span of dental implants, this side effect is long-lasting, and avoids any of the private or public stigma traditionally associated with regular unfixed dentures.
Fixed, permanent dental implants can also help to protect existing healthy teeth by removing the need to remove teeth during bridge implantation, and by promoting good dental maintenance practices to maintain your implants. Traditional dental bridges often involve the removal of some parts of adjacent teeth to ensure proper balance on the bridge - regardless of the health of those teeth. Modern dental implant solutions like those offered by The New Tooth Company can now position a crown or bridge on the dental implant itself - voiding the need to remove adjacent teeth (although this may still occur if those teeth are not healthy).
By placing the crown or bridge on an implant, the structure becomes stand-alone rather than reliant on other teeth - which also leads to the prevention of bone loss in the jaw or adverse effects on the gum and wider dental health, and so prolongs the lifetime of your implants as well as the long term health of your natural teeth.
The main downside of dental implants is initially the cost - with complete lower and upper jaw restorations ranging from £4,000 to £12,000 at The New Tooth Company, as well as a range of other procedures that may be necessary - particularly as dental implants cannot usually be obtained via the National Health Service. However, high costs are mitigated for our patients by The New Tooth Company payment options, including 0% interest and staged payments, and can be excellent value for money when the implant is predicted to last a lifetime.
Dental implant solutions can also take some time to be implemented for patients - with the time between initial consultation and final fitting, as well as healing post-procedure, all taking several months (if not longer). The usual method of fitting implants in stages means healing time is required between procedures, which can greatly vary between individuals. The New Tooth Company offers special Smile-In-A-Day procedures to avoid this pitfall, allowing suitable patients to skip the wait all together!
For your personal treatment plan, consultations with our expert staff and to begin your dental implant journey, get in touch today!