Implants are durable, long-lasting, improve oral health in the long-term and are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They look and behave in exactly the same way as real teeth.
In order to replace missing tooth, a thin, metal rod (most often made from titanium) which acts an artificial tooth root is placed in the jaw bone. This forms an attachment for the replacement tooth. A dental implant is a small but strong post made from biocompatible metals or ceramics. Under local anesthetic, it is inserted into the jaw bone in place of the missing tooth root and acts as a support for the tooth.
Implants are a fixed alternative to removable dentures. You can use implants to replace just a single tooth or several teeth. To fit an implant, titanium screws are drilled into the jaw bone to support a crown, bridge or denture.
Replacement parts take time to prepare. This is to ensure that they fit your mouth and other teeth properly. Therefore, they may not be available on your first visit to the dentist.
Implants are usually only available privately. They’re sometimes available on the NHS for patients who can’t wear dentures as the loss of teeth has caused the mouth to shrink so that it can no longer support dentures or whose face and teeth have been damaged, such as people who’ve had mouth cancer or an accident that’s knocked a tooth out.