Dental Implants

Wallet burn factor

$4,000 – $8,500

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Time

6 mths – 3 years

Wuss factor

1/10

Worth it

87%

What Are Dental Implants?

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants one of the best options available today. Whether your missing one tooth or all teeth in your mouth implants can be used to give you fixed teeth again.

Dental implants are titanium posts (like a tooth root) placed in your jaw, and once in place, a tooth or several teeth can be attached to them. They look and feel incredibly natural; the chances are that nobody will know you have an implant. They have been one of the most amazing advances in dentistry.

How do Dental Implants Work?

The most common and well researched dental implants today are the ‘endosseous’ type. Endosseous is just a fancy term that means ‘in the bone’. In the early years of implant dentistry, there were other types of implants that were not placed in the bone but were instead just placed under the gums. These didn’t prove too successful compared to the ‘in bone’ implants, so there not available today.

The dental implant works because titanium is a unique metal that is biocompatible. When placed in your jaw the bone does not recognise a foreign object so over a few months the bone grows around the dental implant to secure it firmly. This process of bone attaching itself to titanium has a fancy medical name – ‘osseointegration’. ‘Osseo’ means bone so simply it’s ‘bone integration’, whip this one out at your next dinner party and wow the crowd!

After your bone has grown around the dental implant, your dentist can attach a tooth to the implant, and your restoration is complete. Now all of this sounds super simple. Step 1: place implant, Step 2: wait a bit, Step 3: get a tooth. Easy, right? Umm, yes and no. Like all things medical there’s always more to it and how long it will take and the number of steps will depend on your unique needs. 

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