Dental implants can bring back the smile to people who have lost teeth through decay, accidents, gum disease or excessive wear and tear. They are a permanent and fixed solution for missing teeth, providing patients with the nearest possible alternative to their natural dentition. A dental implant is a metal screw, which is fitted in the mouth at the site of the missing tooth before being covered with a crown.
Dental implants can be used to replace either single teeth or all of your teeth in both the upper and lower jaw. The process begins with an assessment by your dentist to determine whether implants are the best form of treatment. It might be that other approaches are recommended, such as a crown, a bridge or dentures. Your implantologist will carefully insert your implants before placing a protective cover over them. The implant establishes itself over a period of three to six months as the bone grows around the screw and holds it firmly in place. A crown is then placed over the implant to replace the original natural tooth. Although implant dentistry takes time, the results are well worth it, providing you with a beautiful smile and complete confidence when biting, chewing and laughing.