Dental implants are the latest method of replacing teeth that are missing or require extraction. They are made of three key components – an anchor, which looks like a screw, that is inserted into the jawbone, a crown that acts as a replacement tooth, and an abutment that secures the two together.
One of the biggest reasons that people choose implants is for their subtlety. The visible part of your implant – the replacement tooth – will be color-matched so that it is the same as your existing teeth. It is also a permanent fixture, so there is no need for unsightly denture removal and you can eat and drink as normal. Both of these mean that no one need know you have a dental implant unless you
If you have a single tooth missing, then you will need an implant to support it. However, if you have multiple teeth missing it is often possible for two or more implants to support more than one tooth each. This is often known as an implant-supported bridge and your dentist will be able to advise you if this is a viable option for your personal dental requirements.