A dental implant is a surgical fixture made of titanium which has the natural ability to be integrated into the jawbone. It serves to replace the root which can then function as the anchor for prosthetic tooth or denture.
The dentist will do a thorough examination and formulate a customised treatment plan based on individual condition. The procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia, with sedation or general anaesthesia. It is a simple surgery that generally involves lifting the gum away from the bone and creating a space in the bone for the implant. The implant is then inserted into the created space and the gums are stitched back in place and you may receive a temporary prosthesis (crown, denture or bridge).
It typically takes two to six months for the titanium implant to be integrated with the jawbone. When the dental implant has stabilised, the temporary prosthesis will be replaced with a permanent one which looks and functions like your natural teeth.
Studies show that the implant surgery is a simple and safe procedure with success rates up to 97% and above for 10 years.