You have been aware that your teeth are getting longer, and this new dentist has just let you know that you have been suffering from gum disease for many years. As a result of this the bone supporting your teeth has silently and painlessly rotten away.
Some of your teeth have already fallen out, and you have been suffering with fake teeth that you need to take out every night, afraid that if you laugh too hard, or eat something sticky, they will fall out and everyone will see gaps where you once had beautiful, pearly white teeth.
Even though you have been suspecting problems, you still stuck with the dentist you know, maybe you were afraid of what a new dentist might think of you after they looked in your mouth. Either way, things have now got quite bad, and you are sick of the pink and white plastic you have been forced to wear – but what can you do?
You do some research, and you find out about these things called implants, they sound intriguing, but what are they exactly, and how can they be used? You see the prices, and they are not cheap! And what about the healing time? 6-12 months?! really? I have to put up with this for another 6-12 months!?!
The truth is there are several ways that implants could give you your life back. Once you get over the initial cost (which ranges from £3,000 – £15,000 to replace all your top or bottom teeth, depending on the types of implants, and quality of the new teeth), then you can seriously see that even the cheapest option is better than what you currently have!
Imagine having beautiful teeth which are securely held in position, you can eat what you want, and laugh as hard, and as widely as you want – only your beautiful white teeth will show!
But what about putting them in? These things are placed in the bone! Drilled and screwed into the bone! How painful does that sound?!?! It does sound horrific, but luckily the treatment is never as bad as it sounds – its like the build up of going on a roller coaster is never as bad as the ride itself. Often having an implant placed is less uncomfortable than having a tooth removed. After all, when you have a tooth removed, you are left with a hole where the tooth was, with an implant, there is no hole left, the gums is often sealed over the top of the implants, so there is very little pain and discomfort after treatment.
But why the massive difference in price? How does the cheapest treatment compare to the expensive treatment? Well, the cheapest option uses extra thin dental implants, these are less expensive, and often just two are used. The false teeth are clipped into this, which holds them secure. With the more expensive options, more implants are used, usually 4-6, and these implants are the full sized implants, which are more sturdy.
The type of teeth are also different, on the economical side, the teeth are made from plastic, and the plastic has a clip to hold the denture. The higher quality teeth are made from a much stronger plastic with a metal skeleton, and the teeth are screwed into position, so they cannot be removed – truly fixed teeth.
It is possible to have all your teeth removed, have your implants placed, and new teeth placed all in one treatment. You start treatment at 0900, and leave by about 1500 with a brand new set of teeth! This saves surgery time, and can avoid the need for advanced treatments like bone grafts.
This is all well and good, but am I suitable? The only way to know this for sure is to make an appointment with a dentist who does this kind of thing a lot, and get some advice. These kind of treatments really do transform lives. The first step of the journey is to arrange an appointment, and see what is realistic for you, and then its all up to you to take the further mini steps. Before you know it, all your friends will be complimenting you on your beautiful teeth!
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