A dental implant is a beautiful, natural-looking and permanent replacement for a missing tooth. Your own teeth have roots to anchor them firmly in your jaw. Dental implants use titanium to create an artificial root that eventually fuses with the bone, so it is strong enough to hold a false tooth securely in place. Once the tooth – or crown – is cemented to the implant it looks and feels just like the real thing.
At your first consultation we will evaluate your medical and dental health. A specialised Cone Beam CT scan may be necessary establish whether you have sufficient bone for the implant to be inserted successfully. If so, the procedure is carried out under a local anaesthetic or IV sedation in sterile conditions. Three or four months later, when the implant has fused with the bone, a healing abutment is attached and left in place until the crown is cemented into position. This ensures that the final gum line will look attractive and completely natural. The whole process normally takes five to six months.