A dental implant is a titanium screw placed into the bone to replace a missing tooth or even a tooth that is loose or broken down to the point that it cannot be saved. The implant (screw) acts as the support for a false tooth (crown) or multiple teeth (bridge) to be placed to replace the missing tooth or teeth.
Dental implants are placed under sterile, surgical conditions either under local anaesthetic in the dental chair or under general anaesthetic in a private hospital.
After a dental implant is placed a period of 6 - 12 weeks is necessary for the area to heal and for the implant to integrate and stabilise. Once the implant has integrated your dentist will see you again for impressions or scans to be taken for the fabrication of the final crown, which is then attached to your implant giving you a functional and aesthetic tooth.