Dental implants provide a functional and aesthetic dental replacement for patients with one or multiple missing teeth.
A dental implant is simply a metal device that replaces the root of the natural tooth. The dental implant is first secured into the underlying bone. Artificial teeth can then be attached to the implant, creating an implanted tooth that functions as your natural tooth would. Whether an implant is right for you depends on the location of the implant, the jawbone beneath this location, and the type of tooth that is being replaced.
Your dental implant journey
Implants are not a quick fix, but a safe and functional long-term solution. Treatment is done in stages over several months.
The first stage is the surgical phase, where a titanium screw implant is placed in the jawbone at the location of the replacement tooth. This can be done under local anesthesia or sedation. This is then left for 3-6 months to allow the bone to heal around the implant, keeping it securely in place.
In the second stage, a mold of the new tooth site is taken and sent to the lab where the new artificial tooth will be created. When complete, the artificial tooth is placed into the prepared implant site and the dental implant is complete.
Caring for your dental implants
Dental implants require good oral hygiene and routine 6-monthly follow up appointments with your dentist.