A dental implant is a modern way of replacing missing teeth. It takes the form of a titanium post that fixes into your jawbone and is topped by an artificial tooth. The crown of your dental implant will be indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth, and will work like a normal tooth – making implants a very attractive, long-term solution. The process can take between two and six months, as the crown is fitted once the titanium post has integrated with the jawbone. Dental implants are generally carried out by private cosmetic dentists. Anyone with healthy teeth and gums can have an implant fitted.
A dentist requires postgraduate training to perform implant dentistry. Always make sure you see a dentist with ample knowledge and experience for the treatment you require. Feel free to ask how many procedures we have carried out and if other patients who have had the procedure could share their experience.
How long will my implants last?
Dental implants aim to replicate the natural make up of a tooth and so, just as with the rest of your teeth, their durability will depend largely on how well they are maintained. If looked after properly, a dental implant should last for a good many years. That said, they do not come with a lifetime guarantee and neglect can lead to the same problems you might experience with any other tooth.
Cleaning implants requires the same level of dental hygiene as natural teeth, although there may be areas that you could find difficult to reach. Some find that they may need to take more frequent visits to the hygienist to ensure their upkeep.