Implants are the latest method for replacing lost teeth. Unlike a bridge which depends on neighbouring teeth to hold it, an implant tooth is totally independent.
The implant itself is a tiny titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone under local anaesthetic. This is then left in place for 4-6 months undisturbed while the bone wraps around it. This is called Osseointegration. A few months later specialised impressions are taken and a tooth is made in the laboratory to screw fit into the implant.
The prognosis of this type of treatment is extremely good and is the way forward in tooth replacement.