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Dental implants FAQs at The Park Practice Glasgow West End Kelvingrove

Q.What is a dental implant?

A. A dental implant is an artificial substitute/replacement for the root portion of your natural tooth. The implant is anchored into a pre-drilled socket in your jaw-bone to support a crown or bridge.

Q.What are dental implants made from?

A. Implants are made from titanium, a material which integrates easily with bone tissue. During the placement of a dental implant, we aim to achieve a close contact between the outer surface of the implant and the surrounding bone tissue. This helps the bone and implant to ‘fuse’ together – this is called osseointegration - and creates a stable support for your new teeth.

Q.What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures and bridges?

A. Bridges and dentures require special cleaning instructions and extra attention. Dental implants just need regular brushing, flossing and dental hygiene appointments, just like your natural teeth.

Q.How many teeth can a dental implant support?

A. Traditionally, an implant placed into your bone supports a single crown and this is known as a single tooth implant. However, if you have several missing teeth, you do not necessarily need an implant for every missing tooth: one implant can support several teeth via a bridge or denture.

Q.Am I a suitable candidate for dental implants?

A. Most healthy individuals who have good oral hygiene are suitable candidates for dental implants. Circumstances where implants may not be suitable, or situations that have an increased risk of implant failure, include heavy smoking, excessive alcohol intake or gum disease.

Q.How long do dental implants last?

A. Dental implants have been used for over 30 years to replace missing teeth and they can last a lifetime depending on how well you look after them. Like any other restoration, your implant-supported teeth can still be damaged by trauma and affected by gum disease and poor oral hygiene.

Q.How much do dental implants cost?

A. The price of dental implants can vary depending on several factors, including the amount of work required and the number of implants you need. Implant placement and restoration from the Park Practice costs from £1,800.

A dental implant is an artificial substitute for the root of a tooth

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