Implants are an exciting development for those patients who do not want dentures or bridges. They offer a natural-looking, realistic option and can be used to replace individual missing teeth. Implants are a very specialised, labour intensive dental treatment which can only be carried out by skilled, qualified practitioners hence the relatively high costs involved. However, once in place an implant functions entirely like a natural tooth and will last for life.
The implant itself is a small titanium screw which is gently placed in the jawbone to create a permanent new root. A tooth coloured crown is then placed over the implant to create a natural-looking tooth which needs no further specialist care. Unlike bridges, work does not need to be carried out on any other surrounding teeth making implants the ideal option for individual missing teeth.
The treatment is carried out in two stages; the first involves the placing of the implant which is then left for a period of time to heal and fuse with the bone. Once this has happened the tooth can then be reconstructed.