A dental implant is an artificial replacement for the root of a tooth, and can support one or multiple artificial teeth. The implant is made of titanium and fits directly into your jawbone. An internal screw (called an abutment) then holds the new artificial tooth or teeth in place when they are ready to be attached.
How long will it take?
The length of time it takes to complete the procedure depends on a number of factors including the number of implants required and whether you need a bone graft. Once the implant has been fitted, the bone around it needs to heal over a period of 3 to 6 months before the artificial tooth (or teeth) can be screwed permanently onto the implants. Once healing is complete, your dentist can then make the crown or bridge to match your existing teeth.
Implants can be placed under local or general anaesthetic. If you are having just one or two implants, you may only require a local anaesthetic. For a larger number of inserts, or if you are excessively nervous about the procedure, we may recommend a general anaesthetic where you will sleep throughout the surgery.
Caring for your implants
Good oral hygiene is essential to ensure they last as long as possible. You should clean and floss your teeth, implants and gums at least once a day to ensure they stay free of dental plaque. After your procedure, we will give you detailed instructions on the most appropriate care for your implants.