Dental implants replace missing teeth with artificial teeth.
How does it work?
A root implant made of titanium is inserted into the bone socket of your missing tooth, and the tissue grows around the metal so that it is securely fixed in place. When the implant is properly secured to the jawbone, a small piece is attached to the implant to hold it in place. A replacement tooth, or crown, is then attached. Because the root implant is secured to the bone, the replacement teeth feel just like natural teeth. It is quite normal to feel a bit of tenderness after your procedure, but this will generally resolve itself after a few days and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.
What do I need to know about implants?
Just like the rest of your teeth your implants need to be cared for. Remember to brush and floss daily and visit your dentist regularly.
What are the benefits?
Dental implants are a great way to improve the appearance of your smile – they look completely natural. They are also very comfortable to wear and make eating much easier. Dental implants are considerably more convenient than dentures, as they are permanent and last for a number of years.