One of our most popular treatments to replace missing teeth is ‘dental implants’. A dental implant is is a titanium screw that replaces the root of a tooth when it fails, and provides an attachment for one or more false teeth. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone. Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. How well you look after your implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.
You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set. Placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time but, just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery. After the initial procedure to place the implants, the bone in your jaw needs to grow onto them and fuse to them. This usually takes a few months, and the false teeth (crowns or bridges) are usually fitted 3-4 months later. We are able to provide temporary dentures, crowns, or bridges to ensure that you are not without the teeth while the implants heal.