With a 95-98 % success rate, more people than ever before are choosing dental implants to enhance and restore their smile.

Now more accessible than ever, this restorative form of dentistry is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth, and as long as you have healthy teeth and gums, this treatment can be life changing in terms of boosting your self-esteem and changing how you are able to use your teeth for chewing and talking.

There are a number of different types of dental implants that your dentist might recommend, and before you decide in the best dental implant for your needs, it’s important that you fully understand the pros and cons of each type of implant so that you can make a well-informed decision.

We’ve created a helpful guide outlining everything that you need to know!

Different Types of Dental Implants

In recent years, dental implant treatments have continued to evolve at a rapid place, with more options than ever before to decide from, thanks to significant advances in technology!

But What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a strategically placed metal post that replaces one or more teeth, roots, and jawbone. Designed to complement and enhance their natural appearance, dental implants are made from ceramic or titanium materials, and can be used in out dentistry practice for patients who have lost one or more teeth from either extraction or trauma.

We’ve taken a look at some different types of dental implants that are available to choose from.

  • Immediate load dental implants

Immediate loading dental implants feature a dental prosthesis which is fixed at the same time the dental implants are installed. Performed with intravenous sedation, this type of dental implant work involves the placement of a restoration within 48 hours of an implant placement.

Providing the potential to replace all missing teeth and providing instant results, it’s no surprise that so many patients are now opting for this type of dental work. However, as with any procedure, you should always weigh up the cons. For example, immediate loading dental implants are not always suitable and have the potential to fail.

The cost of this treatment can range between £6000-£15000, and the vast majority of patients can return to work a day after the procedure and in some cases, the same day.

  • Single tooth implant

A single tooth implant involves securing a titanium screw into the bone of your upper or lower jaw, which once healed, forms a secure bond so that a Single tooth implant bespoke sculpted crown can then be used to create a strong secure bond.

Many patients choose single tooth implants as they provide a permanent, long-lasting, comfortable and natural looking dental restoration solution that enhances their smile. A single tooth implant generally takes around 7–10 days to heal however, depending on the quality of the bone and size of the implant, this can sometimes take longer. And remember, your lifestyle choices can also impact healing time.

This treatment costs anywhere between £1,500 to £6,000.

  • Multiple implants

Multiple tooth implants are a great option if you are looking to replace several teeth, whilst retaining the look and feel of your natural smile. For example, multiple dental implants can be used to securely anchor replacement teeth, meaning every missing tooth does not require an individual replacement implant.

Cost-effective and perfect for restoring chewing function and enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your smile, this treatment offers fantastic results. Of course, as with any dental work, you should consider the cons. For example, this treatment is not suitable for everyone, you will have to attend multiple appointments and there is a risk of complications.

In terms of recovery time, the vast majority of patients are fully recovered after 2 weeks. And, this treatment is far more cost-effective compared to single dental implants, which are priced on a “cost per tooth” basis. The cost of this treatment depends on the work that you need done.

  • Implant retained over dentures

An implant retained over denture is a removable prosthesis that is retained by implants in order to successfully restore both edentate and partially dentate patients.\

Implant over dentures are renowned for fitting more snugly and securely than over dentures secured with adhesive. This means that talking, eating, and drinking is a lot easier. A drawback of implant retained over dentures is that they are more invasive therefore, they are more prone to infection and inflammation.

This treatment costs anywhere between £4000 to £14,000 in the UK, depending on how many implants you require.

  • Full mouth implants

Full mouth implants

Known as ‘teeth in a day’ and ‘all on four’ dental implants, full mouth implants are a treatment that provides a long-lasting solution for replacing loose, missing or failing teeth with a full set of dental implants, on the same day.

A set of four to six dental implants are generally used to replace a whole arch of missing teeth, and the results are noticeable straight away.

The advantages of full mouth dental implants are that they are long-lasting, comfortable, and stable and are designed to optimise the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your smile.

The risks and complications associated with full mouth implants are that they can cause infection, delayed bone healing, prolonged bleeding, damage to other teeth, nerve damage, and jaw fractures.

The cost of full jaw implants range between £9000 and £28,000, depending on the work you need done, and it mostly takes at least 3–6 months to fully recover.

  • All on-four dental implants

All on four dental implants involve placing a complete row of replacement teeth on just four implants. Providing a permanent and secure replacement for dentures for both the upper and lower jaw, many patients opt for this dental implant work due to the fact that this option is comfortable, easy to clean, and they function in the same way as your natural teeth. The disadvantages are that patients require sufficient bone density, there can be issues with your restore bite, as well as appearance concerns.

An all on 4 dental implant procedure in the UK typically costs around £11,500 per arch and the recovery time is around 4 days.

Which is Best for Me?

When it comes to deciding on the best option for you, it’s always best to consult with your dentist as they will be able to offer the guidance, knowledge, and support you need to decide the best option for you.

They will also help you to weigh up the pros and cons of each treatment.

Where to Get Dental Implants?

Where to Get Dental Implants?Dental implants provide full functionality of your teeth and achieve optimum aesthetic results when replacing one or many teeth. Cost-effective and a fantastic long term solution, dental implants also look and feel and function like natural teeth.

Boutique Dental 23 in Wigan offers a range of dental care services performed by a team of expert dentists. Whether you need to fix a chip or close an unwanted gap, they have the perfect solution.

To arrange a consultation or for more information about dental implants and how we can help you to enhance your smile, get in touch with the friendly team today.


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