The very idea of having a piece of metal inserted into the jaw bone sounds awfully painful and to those that don’t like going to the dentists in the first place, this must sound terrifying. When dental implants first came onto the scene, the operation could leave you looking like something out of a horror movie for months. Now however, technology has developed immensely and having this treatment has become easy, fairly pain-free and very widespread- you will find most dentists in Leeds offering you this treatment today. And the benefits of having it done are amazing, not just to the way you look and smile, but for the health of your mouth as well. When you lose a tooth, it’s important to replace it so that you can retain the structure of your face and to maintain the mouth’s occlusion (bite). It’s also important to prevent further things from going wrong after tooth loss- movement to the other teeth, infection and gum disease. Having an implant will last you for life and be the perfect foundation with which to house the new tooth. It can also help to retain other fittings in the mouth such as bridges and crowns. But for those that wear dentures, the dental implant has proved to be heavenly. Four or five in the mouth will enable the dentures to lock solidly and give extra freedom to the wearer who will be safe in the knowledge that they are not going to fall out.