Dental implants are a permanent way of replacing missing teeth and they feel, work and look very much like your own teeth.
They can be used to replace individual or even a full set of missing teeth. A dental implant is an artificial or prosthetic tooth root which is placed into the jaw. Once this implant is in position, a tooth that has been built to match your own teeth is fixed onto it.
Following assessment of your suitability for dental implants, you will be referred to a dental practitioner who has undergone extensive training in Implantology.
This skilled procedure starts with the placement of a prosthetic root implant, which is usually made of titanium, into your jaw under local anaesthetic (if you are particularly nervous you can be sedated). After 3-6 months, when the jaw has healed, an impression is taken so that one of our trusted dental laboratories can build your new tooth to the exact size, shape and colour required. This is then tried in place and if you and your dentist are happy it is fixed securely to the artificial root.
It is very important to maintain a routine of good oral hygiene following an implant to make sure the surrounding teeth and gums stay healthy. If you follow the advice of your dentist and hygienist carefully, your implant will last for many years.