Dental implants are strong, permanent replacements for missing teeth. Not surprisingly, they are becoming extremely popular with patients.
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are gently inserted into the jawbone. Over time the jawbone bonds with the titanium, providing what is in effect a false tooth root. A crown is placed on top of the implant.
The end result is a replacement tooth that is so comfortable and realistic you may even forget it's not one of your natural teeth!
The actual dental implant placement surgery usually only takes around 30 minutes at our comfortable Cheltenham practice. The area around the implant is completely numbed up, so you won't feel anything. We have to use a drill, but it is very different from the high-pitched dental drills that so many people repudiate - all you will feel is a gentle vibration. If you are particularly nervous about the procedure, we can offer you sedation.
After your surgery, we will see you regularly to ensure that everything is healing well. After around 3-6 months, your implant should be completely integrated with your jaw bone, and we will be able to finalize the rehabilitation with a new crown or bridge.