Many years ago in Bristol, having a dental implant fitted was quite an ordeal to say the least as the process was hampered by the tools being used. Drills and scalpels, for all the good work they do, are quite primitive and after the operation was complete, the healing process was very delicate, taking months to heal before the new teeth could be attached to the implant. It is a relief then that the laser came along and radically changed any operation done in the mouth, let alone the fitting of the dental implant. A laser will break through the gum tissue, sealing the wounds as it goes and the produces a hole in the jaw bone with unique, pin-point precision. This takes a matter of minutes to do once the procedure has been set up and today multiple implants can be placed in the mouth in a matter of hours. They are very robust once they have settled in, have numerous uses: for any form of tooth loss, single teeth can be replaced by fitting a crown upon the implant; for multiple tooth loss, a bridge can be used in conjunction with dental implants. Implants can also be used in cases of total tooth loss and are more preferred to dentures. However, even with dentures, implants have come to the rescue; if five or six mini derivatives of the implant are placed in the mouth, they can be used to lock the dentures into place stronger than ever before. It is not all plain sailing with implants though- it still is a delicate procedure as a foreign body is being placed into the body and this takes time for the body to accept this. If you are considering having this treatment, you should first run any concerns by Clifton dental first in order to put your fears to rest.