What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a small, screw-like device made of titanium that acts as an artificial tooth root. It is surgically placed into your jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. Over time, the implant fuses with the jawbone, creating a strong foundation for supporting a dental crown, bridge, or denture.

Benefits of Dental Implants:

  • Improved function: Implants function similarly to natural teeth, allowing you to chew, speak, and smile with confidence.
  • Enhanced aesthetics: Implants can be crowned with natural-looking teeth that blend seamlessly with your smile.
  • Durability: Implants are designed to last many years with proper care, offering a long-term solution for missing teeth.
  • Improved oral health: Implants help prevent bone loss in the jaw that would normally occur after tooth loss.
  • Increased confidence: By restoring your smile and chewing function, implants can significantly boost your confidence and self-esteem.

The Implant Process:

The implant process typically involves several steps:

  1. Consultation and planning: Your dentist will discuss your needs, perform a thorough examination, and develop a treatment plan.
  2. Implant placement: The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia or sedation.
  3. Healing: The jawbone needs time to heal and fuse with the implant, typically 3-6 months.
  4. Abutment placement: A small connector piece is attached to the implant to support the restoration.
  5. Crown/bridge/denture placement: The final restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, is securely attached to the abutment.

Things to Consider:

  • Overall health: Your general health and medical history will be assessed to ensure you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
  • Jawbone health: Adequate bone density is necessary for successful implant placement. Bone grafting procedures may be needed in some cases.
  • Cost: Dental implants are typically more expensive than other options for replacing teeth, such as dentures.
  • Alternative options: Discuss alternative solutions, such as bridges or dentures, with your dentist to determine the best option for your individual situation.

Next Steps:

If you are considering dental implants, schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss your options and determine if they are the right choice for you. They can answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide you with personalized treatment options.


There are approximately 120,000 people in the UK who wear dentures. They can often suffer embarrassment, discomfort and problems eating as a result of dentures moving around or dropping down. Successful placement of mini implants can help stabilize dentures to minimise movement.

4 to 6 mini implants are placed evenly and a denture with precision attachments fits snuggly onto the implants. Dentures should be taken out to be cleaned as part of your normal daily routine.