Dental implants – the best way to replace a missing tooth?

Dental implants
08 Aug 2023

Dental implants – the best way to replace a missing tooth?

Dental implants are fast becoming the most popular way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. They provide a solution that is currently the closest possible replacement to your natural teeth. Dental implants are a specialist treatment and so dentists are required to complete many hours of additional training before they are able to place them.

What is a dental implant?Dental implant

A dental implant is a replacement for the root of your tooth or teeth. Dental implants are secured into the jawbone and will not be visible once they have been placed. The implant is then used as a base to support a crown, bridge or denture depending on the number of teeth to be replaced. Along with replacing lost teeth, implants help maintain the jawbone’s shape and density. Dental implants help you eat, chew, smile, talk and look completely natural. Dental implants are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong and biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device but as with all implants there is no 100% guarantee of success.

Prior to treatment

Prior to any treatment the dentist will need to complete a full assessment of the level and health of bone present in your jaw. To do this they will need to take x-rays of your jaw. If you do not have sufficient bone or the bone is not healthy enough it may be necessary to perform a bone graft prior to any treatment being completed. You will need to wait at least 3 months following tooth extractions before implant treatment can begin. The dentist will be able to create a temporary denture or bridge to hide the gap caused by the missing tooth or teeth while the socket heals.


Dental implants are placed under a local anaesthetic so should be no different to having a filling. You may experience some discomfort in the week following surgery as the bone begins to fuse to the implant. This will then be left for 3-5 months to form a secure foundation.

Once the implant has fully healed an abutment is fitted over the top, which will support the crown, bridge or denture. Depending on the number of teeth to be replaced it may be necessary to have more than one implant to support a bridge or denture.

Prior to starting any treatment, the dentist will provide you with a full written treatment plan explaining exacting what treatment will be carried out and the estimated cost.


Dental implants should last for at least 10 years provided that they are properly cared for. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants should be no more difficult than cleaning your natural teeth.

If you have any questions or would like more information on whether dental implants are right for you contact Teeth and Smiles today on 020 7352 7049 and arrange a consultation.