Implants are used to replace a missing tooth in the mouth where either crowns or bridges aren't a suitable option. They are an excellent way of replacing a tooth as other teeth aren't involved or compromised in the procedure.
The implant is made from titanium metal and is secured in place until such time as it fuses to the bone. A referral to a specialist is necessary for this first surgery stage of an implant and it is left in position for a few months until fusing occurs -this period of time may vary from patient to patient. Often a temporary plastic denture or tooth is placed until the healing process is complete.
The rest of the process is similar to having a crown constructed.
The advantages of implants are they are a long lasting, fixed alternative to a removable denture, the construction process is less invasive to adjacent teeth as in bridges and aesthetically they can improve the overall cosmetic look of your teeth.