Implants are rapidly becoming the treatment of choice for single missing teeth. Unlike a bridge, an implant doesn’t damage the adjacent teeth, and teeth are kept individual, which allows each to be treated separately if things go wrong.

Implants are generally inserted under local anaesthetic, but if bone grafts are needed or you’re nervous, we suggest a general anaesthetic. After the implant is placed, a minimum six-week wait period is recommended to allow the bone to grow into the titanium. Temporary teeth are provided during this time so there are no gaps in your mouth.

Construction of the permanent crown for the implant starts after the wait period and takes around a month. After the crown is fitted we recommend you schedule yearly reviews to keep the implant clean, keep a watch on your bite and prevent any problems arising.