How much are dental implants?

Dental implants from our expert team here at Dental Excellence start at £2,500 . While this may seem expensive it's important to remember the other benefits that come with this sort of treatment. Not only will you be getting a row of stunning teeth, fitted by our Implantologists, you'll also get a host of bespoke features. These include a full dental health check, oral stabilisation, and IV sedation. All of these help to make the treatments far less traumatic and ensure that you'll have a good experience, from consultation to implant. As well as these features, you'll also have access to a team of dentists, specialists, therapists, and technicians. These experts will work tirelessly to create dental procedures that are cutting-edge and holistic. The value for money, and the transformative life-long benefits, that come from our dental treatment is something you'll struggle to find elsewhere in the UK. At Dental Excellence, we have spent years refining this implant treatment option and are proud to offer it to our customers. Feel free to get in touch with our team to learn more about how much our dental implants are, and the packages we can offer.

What are dental implants?

Dental implant surgery is a long-term oral health solution that replaces missing teeth permanently. Restorative dentistry such as this is extremely popular because of the confidence it gives people once the procedure has been completed. Our dentists place the implants into the jawbone as a solid, resistant replacement to natural teeth. Once fitted into your mouth they can support crowns and dentures in the same way that natural teeth do. The implants themselves are made of titanium and look sort of like a screw. During the healing phase, this screw is fused with your bone once it has been fitted. This fusing ensures the implant is held firmly in place. Individual crowns or dentures are then fitted on top to create the appearance of real teeth. Depending on your circumstance, you can choose to have a single tooth replaced with an implant or several replacement teeth fitted in one procedure. Our dental specialists will work with you to determine what the best solution is for you to ensure long-term success. Understanding what dental implants are can be confusing, and a little scary. Thankfully, Dental Excellence is here to keep you calm and ensure you understand all aspects of the procedure.

How long do dental implants last?

Dentistry such as this is extremely popular. The benefits of it are apparent, from a nice smile to the eradication of potentially harmful gum diseases. Another crucial advantage of a dental implant procedure is the fact that they last for decades. Typically implants can last 20-30 years, usually longer if good hygiene is kept. This makes them a very sound investment because you can rest assured that you won't have to spend another few thousand pounds in one or two years' time. Once installed, our types of implants aren't going anywhere. While they are typically long-lasting, it is important to maintain high levels of dental hygiene to avoid having to undergo maintenance, or worse, replacement. Proper care, such as regularly brushing your teeth, and visiting your dentist every 6 months, all help to guarantee the longevity of this type of implant. Similarly, avoiding poor lifestyle choices that could damage the integrity of the titanium screw will help, as will not injuring or damaging your jaw bone. A combination of these elements can affect how long they last. It's important to note though that these factors shouldn't put you off implants as, overall, they will last for several decades.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants work by giving you the appearance, and functionality, of regular, natural teeth. The metals and products used to create them will allow you to use them as if they were normal teeth. From smiling to eating and drinking, once the healing phase is over you never have to worry about eating something hard and the implant coming loose. Dental implants work by fusing around the bone cells in your jaw. Over time, the screw will be absorbed by the bone regrowth and will become symbiotic. Dental implants have worked for millions of people, for thousands of years, in fact. The first recorded versions of 'implants' were a little more rudimentary. The implant process would involve the extraction of teeth, which would be replaced with shells, rocks, and even animal teeth! Nowadays, dental implants are some of the most advanced procedures on the planet and have come a long way since then. Metal implants will work for most people, however, there are a few criteria that patients may need to meet. For instance, you need to have a jawbone that has reached full growth and have good oral tissues (aka gums). Both of these factors help ensure a smooth, successful procedure the first time around.

How are dental implants done?

Aesthetic dentistry such as this is usually done in two stages. The first stage involves putting the actual implant into the jawbone. Tooth extraction may need to take place beforehand if the treatment plan involves removing bad/loose teeth. Once the dental extraction has taken place, and the implant has been fitted to the jawbone, the first phase has been completed. Phase two takes place some months later, once the titanium rod has fused to the jaw bone. Bone grafting in the human body is a slow process, hence why phase two takes a few months. During that healing time, we'll supply you with a set of temporary teeth that will still give the appearance of perfect teeth. These temporary teeth can be used in the same way, it's just that they are not as permanent, or designed to last as long, as actual implants. Once our team is satisfied that adequate bone healing has taken place, we can move on with part two of the procedure. Part two involves fitting the dental crown on top of the implant. We can offer this second part of the procedure under local anaesthetic that removes a lot of the pain that can be felt as each crown is fitted.

How to replace missing teeth?

While our dental team offers this particular type of cosmetic dentistry, there are other ways to replace missing teeth. Broadly, there are four other ways that you can replace them. They are as follows:

  1. Implant-supported bridges can be used when you have several teeth that need replacing. Bridges tend to be quicker to install than individual implants because you're only permanently fixing the teeth at either end of the bridge. This is the opposite of implant dentistry, which involves screwing each one in. 
  2. A tooth-supported bridge uses existing teeth to support the bridge, as opposed to placing implants in. A crown is placed on the teeth next to the missing ones and then cemented in place. A tooth-supported bridge is completed over several visits and is less invasive than an implant. It is also often more economical because less has to be done.
  3. Removable partial dentures are another option for people who may only need one or two individual teeth-replacing. These dentures are clasped into place by a dental surgeon and are different to a complete set of dentures that replace an entire row of teeth. This option is popular thanks to its cost-effective, simple procedure. Also, additional teeth can be added to the partial denture if you lose a single tooth in the future. 
  4. A flipper is a final option. A flipper is a temporary partial denture that can flip in and out of position, hence the name. Flippers are cheap, and painless but can be uncomfortable over time, and have a higher chance of breaking and needing future replacement.
How much does it cost to replace missing teeth?

The cost of replacing missing teeth varies depending on your chosen service and the number of teeth that need replacing. As we've outlined in other answers, there are various methods to replace teeth, all of which come with different features, and price points. In addition to the methods, the number of implants will affect the price. If you need just one tooth replaced then that is clearly going to be much cheaper than if you require an entire row of implants. At Dental Excellence our implants start at £1,799 for a single arch, and £2,999 for the dual arch. This cost doesn't just take into account the actual replacement of the teeth however, it factors in a lot of other important elements. Replacing missing teeth is a long process that requires the time and attention of a team of experienced specialists. All their hard work is to make sure that your investment is sound, and cost-effective, relative to the amount of time you'll have the implants.

Why are dental implants so expensive?

The dental implant procedure is expensive because it is a one-time procedure that provides decades of benefits. Don't think of them as a regular product. Think of them as an investment, the same way you would a house, car, or nice watch. Implant success means you'll never have to think about whether or not your teeth look perfect. Beyond cosmetic reasons, the implants are expensive because of the materials used, and the specialist procedure that has to be carried out to make sure everything goes well. The dental implant procedure here at Dental Excellence is carried by trained medical professionals who have spent decades offering aesthetic dentistry such as this. If you want it done correctly, you must invest in specialists, it's as simple as that. In return for your investment, you'll get a life free of irregular teeth or tooth rot. The confidence with which you can smile at loved ones, eat your favourite foods, and enjoy your favourite drinks is priceless. The benefits that implant dentistry gives you makes the investment worth every penny because you'll never have to spend that kind of money on this procedure again.

How successful are dental implants?

Dental implants are the most effective and thorough solution out there. They are incredibly successful and will last for at least 30 years. They are successful because of the way they are fitted. Once the bone regrowth has taken place and fused with the rod, the implants are as rigid as natural teeth. This fusing creates an incredibly solid base, making them the strongest solution. They are made even more successful over the long term by maintaining good oral hygiene. Keeping both the implants, and your natural teeth, clean and brushed will ensure that you don't require further tooth replacement. Regular checkups with your dentist also make sure that the artificial teeth are successfully held in place. If there are issues, they'll be able to spot them and sort things out before something such as tooth loss takes place. In conclusion, dental implants are incredibly successful. They will provide you with the ability to drink and eat foods with confidence and give you long-term success when installed by our dental surgeons.

What do dental implants look like?

Dental implants will eventually just look like regular teeth. Our team of professionals obsess over the appearance of crowns and make sure that no one would know you have them fitted. From a technical point of view, dental implants look like screws. The titanium rods are fixed to the jaw bone and then a crown is fitted to that rod. If you took a cross-section of the inside of your face, you'd see a rod that is surrounded by newly formed bone that has fused to it over time. On top of that, you would see a tooth-like crown that is cemented to the top of that rod. The titanium post acts as the root, if you like, and is embedded far down into the jaw bone to ensure maximum integrity and strength. While all of that is interesting, all you need to know is that dental implants look white, bright, and exactly like normal teeth.

How long do dental implants take to heal?

With this type of aesthetic dentistry, the healing process is in different parts and is vital to ensure long-term success. The first healing process is something called osseointegration which involves the fusing of bone to the rod. This process is important because, without it, you wouldn't have an implant that is secure and stable. Titanium is used because of its natural properties and history of successful fusing with the jaw bone. This healing process varies between patients but typically it will take 6-12 weeks to heal before we can begin adding the crown. This period can be increased if multiple implants are needed to fuse. It also depends on where the implants are in the mouth and their proximity to the jaw. Once the crown has been added, a second, shorter healing process is needed. This doesn't take that long and very soon you'll be able to use your new teeth with complete confidence. During the 6-12 week healing process, our dental team supplies you with temporary dentures that can cover up the gaps so you can still smile and eat in confidence. While everything heals you must keep your mouth clean and avoid leaving excess plaque near where the healing process is taking place.

How good are dental implants?

We're biased, but we think dental implants are brilliant! Over the years we have been helping people in Liverpool and the northwest with our dental implant process, we have seen so many transformations. The confidence, and increase in self-esteem, that people get when they can finally produce a big smile with their new white implants, is priceless. Not only do dental implants give you an incredible amount of confidence, but they are also incredibly practical. Once fitted they allow you to go about your day, and eat, drink, and smile without worrying about the impact it will have. This can open a whole new world for you, a place where you don't have to worry about eating certain foods for fear of causing yourself pain. Implants, when compared to other solutions, are also the best in that respect. They are expensive, yes, but they come with virtually no long-term side effects and are rooted into place, meaning you'll never have to worry about them coming loose when you bite into something hard. We never tire of seeing the transformative effect of dental implants. We encourage anyone who can, to get them if they are looking for a sustainable solution.

How much should dental implants cost?

When searching for dental implants, it's important to know what prices to expect. Good implants can cost a couple of thousand pounds each, and that's a good thing because you don't want to opt for a cheap option. Paying more, and finding the right dental team for you, is worth it in the long run. It's better to wait, save up the money, and invest in an outstanding set of implants from our team at Dental Excellence. Cheap dental implants can cause major problems to your health and your appearance. It's also important to research and look into the people that are going to perform the procedure to ensure they are qualified to carry out this task. During your consultation, we will chat through the costs involved and make sure you're aware of the prices. You can also view our team, their qualifications, and our reviews - all of which should give you the confidence that we are more than worth the investment.

How do you clean dental implants?

Caring for dental implants will go a long way to making sure they last for years and years. Thankfully, cleaning them isn't much different from cleaning your actual teeth. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, and a low abrasive toothpaste, twice a day will help to keep the implants clean. If you're keen to go that extra mile, you could use a nylon coated interdental brush to reach the difficult places near the crown. You can also add floss into your daily oral hygiene routine, as well as oral irrigators. All of this will prevent gum disease and stop plaque from building up around the implants, causing potentially harmful infections. A build-up of dental plaque can cause mucositis (gum inflammation) and peri-implantitis (bone loss around the implant) and must be avoided at all costs. When brushing, pay extra attention to the areas where the implant and adjacent tooth meet as this is where plaque can accumulate.

Why replace missing teeth?

There are plenty of reasons - both cosmetic and medical - why someone wants to replace missing teeth. At the end of the day, replacing them, either by implants or another method, is a personal choice. These choices could stem from being insecure, or low in self-confidence, because of anxiety around the appearance. It could also be because of more immediate medical reasons which need to be addressed by the application of implants. It's no doubt that replacing missing teeth can transform lives, but for people who are happy the way they are, that is equally as fine and should be applauded too. Here at Dental Excellence, we would never overtly encourage someone to replace missing teeth if they weren't interested. We only work with people who come to us and want to enjoy the benefits that come with implants.

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