A dental implant is a titanium screw that replaces a failed or dying root of a tooth. It is placed in the jawbone and can be used to hold one or more false teeth in place.
After placement, the jawbone naturally heals and fuses with the titanium implant which creates a stable foundation for new teeth. This means that dental implants can be used to replace single missing teeth right up to complete restoration of teeth in the upper and lower jaws.
There are several steps in the process of fitting implants.
Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. Given the right care, they can last as long as natural teeth. How well implants are looked after will have the biggest effect on their lifetime.