A lifelong investment in your smile

What is a dental implant?

Technically, a dental implant is a small but very strong post made from biocompatible metals or ceramics. Under local anesthetic, it is inserted into the jaw bone in place of the missing tooth root and acts as a support for the tooth.

Dental implant therapy is today’s long-term, state of the art restoration technique that can cover all indications. It has been scientifically tested and used in the last three decades by qualified dentists and surgeons worldwide.

You may want to choose
dental inplant if you:

Hide your smile because you have missing teeth

Wear dentures that are uncomfortable

Want to keep your other teeth intact

Benifits of Dental Implants

Won't slip or shift in your mouth.

Implants offer firm support to man-made teeth. Won’t slip or shift in your mouth—a very important benefit when eating and speaking.

Feel more natural than bridge dentures

This secure fit dental implants also helps man-made teeth feel more natural than typical bridges or dentures.

More comfortable than dentures

Some people may find implant-supported dentures more comfortable than dentures that do not use implants.

Help keep the jawbone from shrinking

Where teeth are missing, dental implants also help keep the jawbone from shrinking.

Good Value & Last a Lifetime

Dental Implants are a good value, because they can last a lifetime with good care.

How will my dental implant be fitted?

Dental implants are usually fitted during two separate procedures; the first being to fit the implant itself into your jawbone, and then the second a few months later to fit the new tooth onto the implant.

You’ll usually be able to have the procedure in your dentist’s surgery, under local anaesthesia. Tell your dentist if you’re feeling particularly anxious about treatment, as they might be able to offer you a sedative to help you relax.

Can anyone have dental implants?

Dental implants are suitable for most adults who are in good general health and have healthy gums. They aren’t suitable for children and young people under 18 because the underlying bones are still growing.

Your dentist may not recommend dental implants if you:

Are a Smoker

Have had radiotherapy to your jaw area

Have diabetes which isn’t well-controlled

Suffer with gum (periodontal) disease

How much do dental implants cost?

Dental implants aren’t generally available on the NHS. 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.

The cost of treatment will vary, depending on how many implants you’re having and the complexity of the treatment. Your dentist will be able to give you a good indication of the cost once you’ve discussed your individual treatment plan.

Don’t forget, implants are a long-term solution, so although they tend to cost more than other options for replacing teeth, the benefits are likely to last a lot longer.

Before you decide to have dental implants, try to find out as much as possible about them. Don’t rush into a decision. Talk to your dentist about the alternatives and what might be best in your particular circumstance.


Where to find us

Leven Vale Dental Practice, Low Lane, High Leven
TS15 9JT

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