Oh poor you. I have an implant and it's totally fantastic. Same as a tooth. As I recall there was healing time after the tooth (back) was removed, the implant was put in the bone then I think 3 months before the final tooth was added on top. If it is near the front they give you some sort of temporary while the implant settles. Downsides - expensive and not instant. Upside - once it's done you will be good as new and no one will know. Good luck!
Oh gosh, you poor thing! I hope it isn't too painful. My DH has an implant, and it's been absolutely fine- the quality is really good, no-one would know it was false. He had his teeth whitened a few years ago, but times it with a replacement for his implant (it had been in since he was 17, sporting accident). I hope it's just a one off
GardenGeek I’m just telling it how it is and not trying to give the OP false hope. I’ve worked in the North, the Midlands and South West and only ever had patients receive implants on the NHS due to multiple teeth not developing or due to oral cancer causing removal of parts of the jaw. The days of the NHS funding implants due to personal injury are long gone.
Sorry to jump on this thread but I'm interested in implants and whether they would be available on the NHS. DS is nearly 18 and has 5 teeth missing that weren't there from birth. He's currently got silver crowns over 4 of his baby teeth to preserve the spaces and his braces come off soon. The plan is to remove these baby teeth then place bridges in the gaps. Should I be pushing for implants instead? DD has the same but 2 teeth missing, again she's having braces to open up the gaps between her teeth with the intention to place bridges in the spaces. I'd rather they both have implants if possible though! DS is under our capital cities dental hospital, DD under a normal orthodontist if that matters.