Dental implants blend perfectly with your natural teeth, improving the aesthetics of your smile while restoring your ability to properly eat and chew.
Anyone who is missing a tooth can benefit from a dental implant. Unlike a dental bridge which uses neighbouring natural teeth for support, dental implants are anchored via an implant placed directly into your jawbone. This makes the implant exceedingly robust, with a pleasingly natural aesthetic.
Your suitability for this procedure must first be assessed, with your dentist checking for sufficient jawbone to support the implant. Then, similar to implant retained dentures, you will undergo a small surgical procedure to secure implants within the jawbone.
Once your implant is in place and healed, a dental prosthesis (crown) will be fixed onto it.
For your comfort, the implant will be fitted under local anaesthetic. You may experience some mild discomfort as the implant heals and the bone fuses around it, but this should be minimal and can be eased with over-the-counter medicine.
With a good dental hygiene routine and proper care, a dental implant may last decades.