Dental implants are the most effective long-term replacement for teeth. An implant is a screw-like fixture that is surgically placed into your jawbone. A specialised attachment is then attached to support the final restoration, which can be a crown or a support anchor for a bridge or denture.
Dental implants provide a way of replacing your missing tooth without having to disturb the teeth adjacent to the gap – if the teeth adjacent to the gap are completely healthy you may not want to have these prepared to support a bridge.
The actual dental implant surgery varies depending on a combination of factors. Once a consultation has taken place and the necessary diagnostic stages are complete, the actual implant treatments are staged over three appointments. The time between appointments can also vary depending on healing.
At your first visit the implant will be placed surgically into your bone and then covered over to heal. Your bone will fuse to the fixture to create a strong support for the replacement tooth.
At the second visit the dental implant will be exposed and the measurements and impressions are then taken to fabricate the final restoration.
On the third visit your final restoration will be connected to your implant via a special connection.
Follow up visits are necessary to monitor the full healing process.