Dental Implants can often be used to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a titanium screw that is place directly into the bone which then acts as a root for the crown, bridge or denture to be placed upon. Dental implants normally take 6-12 months to complete. Before undertaking dental implant work a full implant consultation should be undertaken.
Once consultation has been completed the next step would be to place the implants themselves. This is normally done under local anaesthetic (injections). Oral sedation can be given for very nervous patients. The implant is then left to integrate with the bone. This is normally a period of 3-6 months.
When the implant has integrated with the bone it is uncovered and a healing abutment (a small metal post) is placed on top of the implant, which normally protrude through the gum slightly. This gives the gum a chance to heal nicely and in the right position for the restorative work to be placed upon.
When the gum has healed the restoration (crown, bridge or denture) can then made.