An implant which looks and functions like a real tooth is the complete answer to the problem of a missing or failing natural tooth.
Up until now the only alternatives to filling the gap left by a missing tooth were a bridge or a denture, both of which can be uncomfortable and difficult to maintain. An implant on the other hand is a replacement that feels good, looks good and is the next best thing to a natural tooth. And unlike a bridge or a denture, a properly maintained implant is more likely to last a lifetime.
The placement is a relatively simple and painless process normally performed under local anaesthesia, although sedation is also available for patients who wish it. Although in some cases we can place a temporary crown straight away, it normally takes the implant about three months to integrate with the bone before we can place the crown.