A dental implant is a small titanium post placed in the jawbone under the gum. It acts to replace the root of a natural tooth upon which a new prosthetic tooth or attachment can be placed. The advantage of dental implants over other treatment options is that they are better tolerated, probably because they feel the most natural. Also they transmit the chewing forces into the jawbone, therefore adding strength and support to your bite. Dental implants are the closest form to the natural dentition that science can offer.
Implants can be used in various ways, be it a single tooth replacement, supporting a full arch of new teeth or to help stabilise a loose, uncomfortable denture.
Not everybody is suitable for implants. For medical, anatomical or even financial reasons there are sometimes more appropriate alternatives to consider. Andrew’s approach is to look at the overall health of your mouth and figure out what is the best option for you, tailored to your individual situation.