Dental implants – 5 year guarantee
Teeth implants have transformed the lives of many patients who have suffered with the misery of missing teeth. They are extremely durable, long lasting and are the closest thing you can get to having your own natural teeth. We hope you find the following information interesting and you can find out more by phoning for a free consultation or using the enquiry form.
What are the benefits ?
Implants are currently the best way to replace missing teeth. They are strong and stable as they are implanted directly into your jawbone, and they are extremely durable, with many patients reporting no problems even after 20 or 30 years. Cashel Daisley Dental Spa are a great choice for this treatment. Dr Cashel has many years experience of placing implants and the beautiful relaxed surroundings of the practice make the whole experience a lot easier.
The benefits of the treatment are that they can replace missing teeth without affecting the teeth that surround them. They look, feel and function just like real teeth and because of this they give the person the confidence to speak and eat without fear.
They also have the benefit of stimulating gum tissue and bone so that this results in a natural attractive result over time. Finally, they also assist in preserving the condition of the adjacent healthy teeth – there is no need to grind down these teeth in preparation for a traditional bridge.
The result is that you will have the closest thing you can get to real teeth and that will allow you to smile and eat with confidence again.
Am I suitable for implants?
The good news is that most people are suitable for the treatment if they have an adequate amount of bone in the jaw to support the implant and are free from are free periodontal disease. During the assessment period, you may be asked to undergo an MRI scan as well as X-rays, in order to determine whether or not your jawbone is healthy enough for implant treatment to take place. In some instances, a small piece of bone may be required to be grafted into the jaw in order to strengthen the bone ahead of the actual implant placement.
Treatment can be analysed down into three key components :
- The implant itself – essentially this is a small titanium screw which is drilled into the jawbone and allowed to set. Titanium is used because it has unique properties which allow the jawbone to fuse with the metal to foem an incredibly solid and long lasting replacement tooth root.
- The abutment – this is normally a ceramic or titanium fitting which attaches onto the implant and acts as a housing for the final piece of the puzzle, which can be :
- The crown, bridge or denture – depending on the type of implant placement you have had, be it a single tooth or multiple teeth, one of the above will be attached to the abutment part of your implant(s) to form a really solid set of working teeth.
Single Tooth Implants
If you have a single tooth missing, especially one at the front, you’ll have an unsightly gap. Left untreated, the neighbouring teeth often start to grow into the space, causing crooked teeth which affect the smile adversely.
The best outcome may well be a single implant with a crown attached. The major benefit of this is that no neighbouring teeth have to be trimmed down. Trimming teeth should be avoided if possible as it can affect the long-term health of those teeth so a single tooth implant is very often the correct course of action. As with all titanium implants, the standalone implant can be cleaned the same way you clean your normal teeth by simple brushing, and with regular maintenance you can expect upwards of 20 years longevity , indeed we have some patients whose implants have lasted over 30 years.
Multiple Teeth Implants
There’s no doubt that for multiple missing teeth they are easily the best solution assuming the patient has sufficient jawbone mass for the procedure. The options vary, you can have multiple individual single implants with individual crowns attached order as an alternative called are bridges, which will do the same job of replacing all the missing teeth using fewer screws.
During the course of your consultation an experienced implantologist will always advise you as to the best course of action for your individual circumstances.
Each solution will differ depending on the teeth which are missing. For people with lost teeth at the back of the mouth, which is usually caused by gum disease or tooth decay, between two and four implants would be placed for a dental bridge. As with all implants the remaining teeth are not required to be affected or ground down in any way. Once implants are placed, fixtures called abutments are attached and finally the dental bridge is fitted.
There are other ways of placing a dental bridge, where special screws called screw retained bridge can be screwed into the implants.
The great thing about the outcome is that your back teeth are absolutely solid, because the titanium implants and the jawbone actually fuse together to to give very strong artificial tooth roots.
Implant dentures can be used as an alternative to a fixed implant bridge and can be very successful for many years. The benefits of this type of system are that you require fewer implants to be placed, and if you are already using dentures you will notice straightaway that the implant retained denture is a lot smaller than your old one. This means a lot of the problems with gagging and taste that are normally associated with plastic dentures will be a thing of the past.
Because the implant retained dentures can be made in one piece, the overall cost of making the denture is much lower than manufacturing multiple single implants from scratch. Obviously because with a denture retained system you will only require four or five actual implants to be drilled, rather than 8 to10 for a full bridge system, the implant retained denture system is a lot less invasive and quicker to do.
In terms of cost implant retained dentures will probably be around half the typical cost of a fixed implant bridge. However the downside of dentures is that they must be removed for cleaning as they are not fixed in the truest sense of the word.
Have a chat with your implantologist – he or she can help you come to the best decision for your circumstances.
How Much Do They Cost ?
Every patient is different and a range of treatments and options available means that the only way we can identify a reasonably accurate cost is by going through an initial consultation which is free, and takes around about one hour. At the end of that consultation we will be able to advise you of your options and give you an accurate estimate of overall cost.
Bear in mind that some patients will require bone grafts in order to strengthen the jawbone I head of the procedure and this can add significantly to the cost as well.
Here at casheldaisley we have a range of payment options available to patients including:
Interest-free credit for one year
Flexible finance for a period of up to 3 years
Payments spread over instalments during your treatment
We offer discounts for payment in full at the start of your treatment
MasterCard and Visa are accepted
How long do they last ?
Put simply, they are very similar to your natural teeth in that they will last for many, many years – if you take good care of them.
We have many instances of patients with implants still going strong over 20 years later.
Getting dental implants in Glasgow?
The first step to replacing a missing tooth or teeth in Glasgow is to contact Dr David Cashel for a free appointment. You can arrange your appointment by either calling 0141 248 1988 or using the contact form on the website.