Dental implants are a widely used procedure that involves replacing missing, bad, or damaged teeth. To discuss implants and whether they are an option for you talk with a city of London dental professional. 90% of modern implants last for at least 15 years so are a very good investment to improve the physical appearance of the teeth. The dental implant is made of a titanium rod which is placed in the jaw bone which then supports one or more false teeth. This implant procedure can be used to replace as many teeth as the patient requires even a whole set. There is a small operation that is required which is carried out using anaesthetic with the option of sedation if the patient requires. Obviously when the procedure is taking place you will not feel anything or discomfort, however as part of the normal healing process after the operation there will be some general discomfort. Typically the procedure is quite a long winded affair taking up to a year in the majority of cases sometimes longer depending on the complexity of the dental implants. In addition there is a waiting period as time is required for the implants to integrate or bond with the bone after their placement which takes quite a while, on average taking at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw.