In recent years, the replacement of single or multiple teeth by means of implants has become increasingly popular.
Artificial roots made in titanium and of extremely complex construction are placed into the bone where natural tooth roots normally once existed.
After healing, a restoration resembling a crown is made to fit onto the implant.
Where all teeth in one or both jaws are missing, implants can sometimes be provided to provide secure retention for dentures, which then can also be made less obtrusive.
Implants remain an expensive option (currently from £2200 for a single implant) that is never available under the NHS, and a careful assessment of suitability for this treatment needs to be carried out.