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What do dental implants cost – and are they good value?

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Here’s why you should look to implants as a more effective way to replace missing or damaged teeth than dentures.

Once again, we’re going to use today’s blog to continue our series that set out what individual treatments comprise – and how they impact on your smile.

The topic under discussion today is dental implants. A lot of people wrongly believe that an implant is a fabricated replacement tooth, but this is not the case.

The actual implant is a small screw that’s fixed into the jawbone. It’s used as a sort of anchoring post for the eventual replacement tooth that will be fitted over it. You might say, then, that the implant or screw takes the place of the root of a normal tooth, giving the replacement tooth its permanence and structural integrity.

Not only does an implant (and we’re including the crown that goes over it) restore the aesthetic qualities of your smile, but it also restores the chewing or biting function of the missing tooth.

The implant is quite a versatile form of treatment, as it can be used to restore a single missing tooth, or also can support an entire arch of bridging work. They can be used with equal success in either your upper or lower jaw.

You might be tempted to ask why this form of treatment might be recommended instead of dentures. Well, there are a few answers to this. First of all, there’s absolutely no chance that your implants will move out of place – as dentures sometimes do. This means that there’s no chance of being embarrassed in social or business situations.

Implants are also much more comfortable than dentures. This is because they don’t move in the mouth, so there’s no chafing sensation – or a feeling that you have to clench your jaws to keep them in place.

Patients tell us that after a day or two, they forget that they have implants. They feel and behave exactly like their normal teeth. And another benefit, of course, is that you don't have to take out your implants to clean them!

Another big plus of implants is that the crown which fits on top of them can be shaped and coloured to order, which means that the new look is exactly the same as the old look. Nobody will even know that you’ve got an implant unless you decide to ‘fess up.

You might be inclined to think that a form of treatment as clever and as complex as this would cost you an arm and a leg. You couldn't be further from the truth. These days, dental implants cost way less than you probably guess. This is largely because the process has become very streamlined in modern surgeries such as MyDental.

And remember that, if price is an issue, you can always choose to spread your cost over three months, six months or nine months – thanks to our 0% Dental Finance Plan.

And the final bit of good news on this topic is that if you’re considering dental implants Dublin is endowed with some wonderfully talented dentists who can sort you out. And in our infinite modesty, we place ourselves at the very top of this list!

If you'd like to bone up on this topic a little more, here’s a handy starting point - http://www.deardoctor.com/inside-the-magazine/issue-21/dental-implant-maintenance/