Many people in United Kingdom suffer from oral problems from gingivitis which is a mild reversible gum disease to periodontitis which if left untreated can cause severe tooth loss. From simple dental fillings to replacing missing teeth with dental implants Brits spend millions of Pounds in dental care bills. Thanks to dental tourism many dental clinics abroad now offer dental treatments for an unbeatable price where you could save up to 70% to save your teeth.
What are dental implants?
They are single titanium screws implanted into your jaw and are then connected to a dental bridge produced by the dental laboratory. The procedure could substitute from one tooth to all teeth. They are relatively expensive and the procedure apparently has been around for decades, only now the 3D technology and improvements in science has made them safer and more affordable.
Dental Implants price
They vary from country to country and from dentist to dentist depending on the costs to run a dental practice and the expertise of the dentist operator. If your live in London UK the price could cost up to 2500 Pounds but, in other European countries like Hungary Czech Croatia and Dental Implants in Albania the price reduces significantly from 499 pounds to 800 Pounds per implant. Some clinics even offer free transportation and also accommodation. That’s why many Brits chose dental tourism over their local dentist.
Among the advantages of dental implants is included:
Placing a ceramic crown over an implant might seem impossible to habituate but as dentists explain it is a temporary feeling and the patient gets used to the new tooth in maximum a couple of days. Placing new teeth at the dentist has its own benefits, you can chose a complete new shade that you have never seen possible no matter how many times you have whiten them. You could even go for bleach color if you wanted to it is all possible thanks to many different shades the ceramic material comes with.
Denture vs implant supported bridge – Improved comfort and speech
People that have had dentures for a long time know far to well what pain it is to have a piece of plastic into their mouth. Dentures are usually not stable since they have no anchorage point and rely solely on retention of saliva to stay in one place. With dental implants it all changes since no longer you need a denture to attach to your implants but you can also place a regular dental bridge and since they are supported by the dental implants you no longer need a denture to cover your palate in order to stay stable into your mouth.
Dental Implants success.
According to statistical data, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98% and with proper care implants can last a lifetime. Nevertheless, success rates of implants ca differ depending on:
- The quality of your bone
- Where in the jaw the implants are placed?
- Smoking is not beneficial in general and it also impacts the implants health.
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Dental hygiene
Who can get dental implants?
Anyone. The only requirement for a potential patient is to be healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery. Thus, healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant are pre-conditions for considering dental implants. However, the patient should have good oral hygiene routine and visit the dentist on a regular basis. Before considering implants, you should be evaluated on an individual basis by your dentist, as smokers, people suffering from chronic disorders (diabetes or heart disease) or patients with a history of radiation therapy to the head/neck area are at higher risk from any potential side effects.
Does insurance cover the cost of dental implants?
The short answer is “no”. Depending on your medical insurance plan and the cause of tooth loos, the coverage of dental implants may be possible. However, in general dental implants are not covered by dental insurance. For more information you should talk to your dentist and insurance company.
Steps of getting a dental implant.
Like any other medical procedure, first thing in getting the dental implant involves an individualized treatment plan. A team of professionals trained and experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry, develops a plan that addresses your specific needs and provides coordinated care based on the implant option that suits you the best.
Next, the tooth root implant, which is a small titanium pillar, is placed in the bony nest of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal pole, fixing it well in the jaw. The healing time can take from six to twelve weeks.
When the implant is attached to the jaw bone, the abutment – a small connector- is attached to the post to secure the new tooth. Then, the dentist records your teeth and creates a pattern of your bite in order to recreate your new tooth or teeth based on this model. A crown with is a replacement tooth, is then attached to the abutment.
Some patients may get adhesions placed on an implant instead of one or more individual crowns, that hold and supports a removable prosthesis.
A very important thing is to match the color of your new teeth with your natural teeth. And because the implant is secure inside the jaw, there’s no distinction between your new replacement teeth and your natural ones.
Are dental implants painful?
If you’re scared of the needle, then local anesthesia be used during the procedure can be a bit painful. Most patients who have received dental implants say that implants are less painful and cause very little discomfort compared to tooth extraction. However, mild soreness after the implant can be treated with pain relievers such as Tylenol or Motrin.
Dental implants care.
Same as real teeth, dental implants require brushing, flossing, antibacterial mouthwash rinse, and regular dental check-ups.