A dental implant is a modern way of replacing missing teeth. It takes the form of a titanium post that fixes into your jawbone and is topped by an artificial tooth. The crown of your dental implant will be almost indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth, and will work like a normal tooth - making implants a very attractive, long-term solution.
If you are in need of an implant, it is highly recommended that you do not delay. Implants should ideally be fitted within one year of losing a tooth, as the jaw bone that surrounds a tooth immediately starts to shrink in size and eventually becomes so small that it will not support an implant. Implants are perfectly safe and there is no need to worry about the procedure. Though the treatment is advanced, it is also very well established and performed frequently.
You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants, from individually missing teeth to a complete set. If the missing teeth are next to each other, you may find that two or more implants may be able to support more than one tooth each, similar to a bridge. As dental implants are usually fitted under local anesthetic you will not feel any pain during the procedure. It is quite common to experience some soreness in the following days however, but this pain can be controlled with regular anti-inflammatories that your dentist will prescribe. Having dental implants fitted is a multi-staged process that is executed on a single visit.