Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth in the jaws. The reasons for losing teeth can be varied, but no matter what the cause, their loss can impact on both appearance and function.

Implants are titanium “screws” that are place in the upper or lower jaws to act as supports to which individual or multiple teeth can be attached. They can also be used to connect to dentures to increase their stability.

The implants fuse to the bone, in a process called “osseointegration”, which can take 2-6 months to occur after placement. In some cases, teeth can be placed on the implants as soon as they are inserted, but often, a healing period is needed to allow osseointegration before the teeth are attached to the implant.

In most cases, the provision of implants is a team effort, with your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon placing the implant in the bone, and then a restorative dentist or specialist prosthodontist fitting the final teeth. In some cases, additional bone may be needed prior to or during the implant placement, and your surgeon will discuss this with you during the planning stages of the procedure.