Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. They consist of titanium screws which are inserted into the jaw to provide an anchor for prosthetics (crowns, bridges or dentures). They are not suitable for all patients, as they require enough bone to properly integrate the implant.
Implants may require several procedures, for example broken or decayed teeth may need to be removed first - this will require healing time before the implant surgery. In some instances bone grafting or a sinus lift will be needed to prepare for the implant. Following a successful implant, the crown (or bridge) can then be attached.
Dental implants have a high rate of success in the appropriate patient - on average, success rate is 97.5% over 5 years.
The stitches inserted during surgery are generally dissolvable and don’t need to be removed.
You should be prepared for a number of expected post-operative signs and symptoms, such as: