Implants are a fixed option to replace missing teeth. These can be done on an individual basis or as a bridge or even an implant retained denture. You may or may not be suitable for this option, we will assess whether or not this is an appropriate option for you. If you are a smoker or have previous gum disease, there may be limitations with this option. It is very likely we will refer you for an x-ray of your entire jaws so that we can have a look at the height and quality of your bone.
It involves the tooth or teeth being removed (if not already missing) and letting the area heal for 3 months. The implant is placed into the gum and left to heal for another 3 months. Following this healing period, a tooth (or bridge or denture) is placed onto the implant which completes the restoration process. An implant can sometimes be placed immediately at the stage of removing the tooth. This will be discussed with you at your consultation.
This does involve maintenance such as good home care and regular hygiene visits and needs good long term care for it to be successful.