Dental implants are a way of replacing missing teeth. They have been around for 50 years now after the pioneering work of Prof. Brånemark.
If a tooth has become unrestorable and your dentist advises you to have it removed, you may be able to replace it with a single implant crown. Usually, once the tooth has been gently removed by your dentist, a healing period of 6-12 weeks will be required to allow for the area to heal up. Once the area has healed up, a dental implant will be placed in the position of the tooth and your dentist will allow the area to heal for a further 3 months. During this healing stage, your bone will fuse onto the dental implant and allow it to integrate. Once this healing process is complete your dentist will construct a crown and attach it onto your implant.
In some circumstances, it is even possible to extract a tooth, place an implant and fit a temporary crown in one visit (called “Immediate placement”).
The temporary crown is replaced with a permanent crown after 3 months of healing.