Dental implants support false teeth. They are artificial replacements for your tooth roots and help support dentures, crowns (caps) or bridges.
Dental implant treatment is carried out by consultant dentists and postgraduate students under supervision.
A dental implant is usually done in 3 or 4 stages:
- pre-operative assessment
- bone grafts before implants (not everyone needs this)
- having implants put in
- restorative treatment to fit crowns, bridges or dentures
Each stage might need several visits to your dentist at the hospital. In total, treatment could take 6 to 12 months.
We provide a limited dental implants service for certain high-priority groups including those:
- who've had surgery to treat head and neck cancer
- who've inherited conditions leading to missing teeth
- who've suffered severe traumatic events leading to tooth loss
- missing all their teeth in one or both jaws where repeated non-implant denture treatment has been unsuccessful
NHS dental implant treatment is funded by NHS England and is valid for 5 years.
It is essential to maintain dental implants with support from your dentist. After 5 years any replacement implant crowns and dentures will need to be provided by your local dentist.
Read about having dental implants.