Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth. Implants made of titanium are screwed into the jaw bone under anaesthesia, and the wound is allowed to heal over three months. After healing, the bone becomes connected to the implant surface, and the implant can start to bear load. The implant is then ready to carry a prosthetic tooth that can be used for chewing. Radiographs will be required for the dentist to study the anatomy before the implant is inserted.
See also: Mini-screw implants