Dental Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or a range of teeth. A single dental implant can support one, or several, replacement teeth – you don’t necessarily need to have one implant per missing tooth.
An implant is a titanium screw that sits in the jawbone and supports crowns, bridges or dentures in exactly the same way as a tooth’s root does. Over time your bone will fuse directly to the titanium, and so giving it greater stability and decreasing the already rare chance of complications.
Implants can be expensive but they do offer a genuinely long-lasting solution and can mean less damage to surrounding teeth than a conventional bridge, which normally require some slimming-down of adjacent teeth. They can also offer a real alternative to removable dentures, replacing them with permanently fixed bridgework instead. If you look after your teeth and implants properly, they can last for the rest of your life.