A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth root that is used to support one or more false teeth in a very secure and lasting way. If your ability to chew, speak or smile with confidence has been affected by the loss of one or more teeth, through injury or decay, then an implant is a highly successful solution.
The implant then has a crown, bridge or even a full denture placed on top of it. It will look and feel just like a natural tooth.
4 to 6 months
Your clinician will discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of having an implant, as well as
the costs of the treatment and the options available to you.
Dental implant treatment is effectively in 2 stages:
Dental implants are placed into the bone in a relatively pain-free procedure. The bone and gums will be given time to heal before a crown (or denture) are attached. In most cases, you can receive a temporary crown the same day the implant is placed but your clinician may decide to let the gum heal fully before fitting a crown.
Once the implant has fused with your jawbone, your final crown (or denture) will be placed to restore your natural smile.
Your dental team will give you instructions on how to look after your implant. They may give you some painkillers to take over the next few days if you need them. You will need further appointments to fit your new teeth to the substitute tooth root.