Missing teeth can lead to a number of consequences, the most obvious being the cosmetic appearance of the unsightly gap, but other consequences include tilting of adjacent teeth into the space, increased bone loss and possibly altered speech due to the space. Dental implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth and are essentially a substitute for a natural root having both very high success rates as well as giving almost indistinguishable aesthetic results.
An implant is a device made of titanium that is placed into your jaw under local anaesthetic. It becomes fixed to the bone by a process called ‘osseo-integration’ i.e. new bone growing around it. Once placed, an implant can provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.