Should I get dental implants?

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Dental implants Hertfordshire are a serious investment in your future health and they are not trivial in either their cost or the amount of time it takes to fully instal them. One advantage of making the investment in dental implants is that their appearance when compared to natural teeth is excellent and if your goal is to have a seamless addition to your smile, dental implants are definitely the best option.

Because they are fused into the bone and totally immobilised, they feel far more part of you than any denture or bridge; they also deal well with pressure and multiple different angles improving speech particularly for ‘th’ sounds.

This level of immobilisation also has far greater comfort than temporary prosthetics as they cannot move or rub against the gum causing sores. They do not require any other additional care, barring the standard brushing and check-ups every six months.  With good care, dental implants can last a lifetime, but the prosthetic tooth which is attached to them may not; it is relatively trivial for a dentist to remove the prosthetic tooth from the titanium implant and switch it with a new facsimile. It’s usually carried out after a prosthetic tooth is cracked or damaged by some form of trauma.

Will dental implants work?

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Is true that dental implants do not have a 100% success rate; for some patients who receive dental implants, integration when the titanium implant becomes fixed into the jawbone simply does not occur. This is often due to a very slow rate of bone growth and there are several lifestyle factors that can impact on the chances of a successful implant. These include a well-balanced diet, not smoking and moderate alcohol consumption.

Beyond this, the skill of the dental specialist who carries out your implantation will have an impact on the chances of a successful procedure. You should be sure to ask the practitioner you are considering about their success rate and to see photos of previous implant work they have done.

Insurance options and the cost of dental implants

As a general rule, dental implants are not covered as part of insurance plans, but if your health insurance plans include replacement of lost teeth, it is possible that this will cover implantation. However, in the UK, the prescribed treatment for replacing a lost tooth is to wear a bridge or a denture, so always be sure to read the fine print on your insurance policy as the use of oral implants may be contraindicated.

The vast majority of dental surgeries offer payment plans in relation to dental implants, which will allow you to spread the cost of implants over many months usually at the 0% interest. But you would have to discuss this with the individual surgery and you may be subject to a credit check prior to this arrangement.

In short, dental implants found on the high street have been very successful and it is likely that this trend will continue with dental implantation becoming more and more common in general dentistry.

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