When a tooth falls outor extracted, it is common to replace it with a dental implant. An implant is used as a replacement for the missing root of the tooth and is placed into the jawbone to act as a support structure for a crown to be placed on; this gives the appearance of a tooth being present.
Dental implants are beneficial for many reasons as the can help improve speech and hygiene of the mouth, as well as making it easier to chew and giving a boost to an individual’s confidence and appearance.
Firstly an X-ray of the jaw must be taken to assess both the strength of the jawbone as supporting structure and the condition of the gums, once this has been completed, assessed and approved then implants are put in place to act as a ‘post’ for a crown to be placed on. The implants are then left in place as the jawbone heals and strengthens to provide extra support. Finally the crown is placed on the implant to give the mouth its natural appearance.