Category: Dental Implants


Why do people choose dental implants in Edinburgh?

At Edinburgh’s Polwarth Dental Clinic, patients with missing teeth often want a solution that looks and feels better than removable replacement teeth like traditional dentures. The strength and durability offered by implant dentistry can give patients increased self-confidence as well as boost their biting and chewing ability.

Another benefit is that the overall cleanliness of the mouth is easier to maintain. When a gap is permanently filled, there’s less chance of plaque and tartar building up in that area, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

Dental Implants in EdinburghFeeling good and looking great

As well as helping with oral cleanliness and dental strength, dental implants in Edinburgh can also ensure your face maintains its natural shape and structure. The ‘sunken’ look often associated with people who wear dentures is avoided because of the integral relationship between the implants and the jawbone. Here’s how it works.

After a detailed consultation with one of our dental professionals, and the careful construction of your treatment plan, you will be ready for your dental implants. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure, carried out under local anaesthetic. The implants stimulate the jawbone to grow new bone to mesh around them. This creates a stable bond, which once the replacement teeth are attached on top, stimulates the jawbone in the same way natural teeth would. This is what keeps it healthy.

Any age, any situation

People with all kinds of tooth loss can benefit from dental implants in Edinburgh. Sporting mishaps can leave a gap in your front teeth that causes a drop in self-assurance. Or it might be that you’ve lost several teeth over the years and you haven’t got round to sorting them out yet. Whatever the extent of your tooth loss, and whatever stage of life you’ve reached, missing teeth put your oral health at risk. Implant dentistry is a modern remedy that will reduce this risk, while enhancing the appearance of your smile.

Contact the team at Polwarth Dental Clinic and we’ll be happy to get you on your way to having a healthier smile.



Permanent replacements with a natural finish

At Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh, dental implants are a safe and modern way to replace missing teeth. They ensure the natural strength of your jawbone is not diminished by the gaps in your smile, and provide a great looking remedy that feels truly stable.

Improvements with staying power

The first thing you might wonder is: what’s wrong with normal, removable dentures? Plenty of people seem to get along fine with those. But while this is true, this sort of removable replacement doesn’t provide the integral support that comes with having dental implants in Edinburgh at Polwarth Dental Clinic.

Dental Implants in EdinburghThe key to this support is the use of small titanium posts – the dental implants – that are placed into the jawbone. These posts encourage new bone and blood vessels to grow around them, meshing with the titanium much like they did with the roots of the missing teeth. So when the replacement teeth are fixed onto these posts, the natural strength of the jaw can be used in biting and chewing. You won’t have to cautiously choose soft or mushy foods for your meals.

These permanently fixed replacements are also easier to clean, as you don’t need to take them out and scrub them as you would traditional dentures. You simply diligently clean your teeth as you normally would.

In addition to this, the implants help to maintain the structure of your face. You’ll probably be familiar with the ‘sunken’ look that makes wearers of removable dentures easy to spot. With modern implant dentistry, this confidence-sapping alteration in your facial appearance will be avoided, as your jawbone is kept strong and healthy.

Anyone can benefit

You can start to take advantage of the long-term improvements of dental implants whatever the extent of your tooth loss. You might have lost several teeth over a long period of time, making biting and chewing an unpleasant task. Or you may have just a gap in the front from a sporting injury. In Edinburgh, dental implants are a safe and stable solution to these situations and many others like them. Get in touch with the team at Polwarth Dental Clinic to hear more about how dental implants will protect your overall oral health, while restoring your day-to-day confidence.



Replacement teeth that do what natural teeth do

Here at Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh, dental implants make up an increasingly large percentage of our tooth restoration work because they work like natural teeth. In fact, once they are in place, no one but you can tell they aren’t real, both in how they look and how they perform.

Dental implants not only replace the crown but also the root of the tooth. This is not the case with dentures, which sit on the gums, and bridges which are held in place by being fixed to neighbouring healthy teeth.

Dental Implants in EdinburghIn fact, the root part of dental implants actually becomes a permanent part of your body, meshing with your jawbone tissue during a healing period that takes a few weeks.

If you take good care of them, dental implants in Edinburgh can last for the rest of your life. They can’t rot like natural teeth because the porcelain from which the crowns are made is impervious to the decay. All you have to do is make sure you keep the gums around the implants free from gum disease with careful brushing and flossing.

Dental implants keep the surrounding teeth in place, stopping them from twisting or dropping due to the gap left by the missing tooth. The stimulation they provide in the jawbone ensures further gum and bone erosion is prevented.

When you come to Polwarth Dental Clinic, we will use scans and x-rays to gain an in-depth picture of your mouth, teeth, jaw and bone structure, as well as nasal cavities and sinuses, so that we can work out what treatment you will need. They also help flag up other issues before surgery, so that we can make sure that receiving dental implants in Edinburgh with us runs as smoothly as possible.

Your treatment journey with us will probably last at least a few months. Although it only takes an afternoon to have the implants inserted, it will take some time for them to integrate with your jawbone, before you come back for the custom-made crowns to be fitted. These will match your own teeth in size, shape and colour so that they blend in seamlessly.



You don’t have to wobble your way through your later years

It’s no fun as you start getting older and discover that bits of you no longer work as well as they did. It’s even worse when they don’t work at all because they’ve either fallen out or been removed. Bits of you, like your teeth. When they go, you face being consigned to a life of wobbly dentures, soft food and a face that looks old before its time.

But in Edinburgh, dental implants are a better option than dentures and bridges for people who have lost one or more teeth; maybe even all of them.

Dental Implants in EdinburghIn Edinburgh, dental implants differ from dentures and bridges in that they are permanently fixed into the jaw bone. Getting implants requires a surgical operation, performed here at Polwarth Dental Clinic by dental surgeon Dr Willie Jack. Willie will firstly sculpt a new socket in your jawbone, and then insert a tiny titanium post (the dental implant) into it. You then go away for a few weeks while the bone and gum heal around the dental implant. During this important stage, new bone tissue and blood vessels mesh with the screw, anchoring it firmly into your jaw.

Once this vital part of the process is complete, Willie can screw a new tooth, bridge, or even a whole new set of teeth, onto the dental implants. He will have ordered new, artificial teeth made to blend in with each patient’s particular tooth colour and shape.

Dental implants have several benefits, which means that more and more people are asking us for them before dentures or bridges.

Health-wise, because dental implants encourage bone and gum growth, you can maintain or even regain a firm look around the jaw and mouth. Missing teeth encourage the jawbone to resorb and the gums to recede. This is how people get that sunken, aged look when they’re not that old.

Secondly, in Edinburgh dental implants behave just like natural teeth. You do not remove them to clean them, and you don’t have to worry about getting food stuck, or having to avoid certain foods. You can treat the implants like your own teeth: eat what you like, and clean and floss as usual.



Next steps to dental implants in Edinburgh with Polwarth Dental Clinic

Once you have decided to go ahead with dental implants in Edinburgh with Polwarth Dental Clinic, it is time to take the next steps. We are committed to supporting you at every stage with reliable care, detailed information and advice. Our friendly, professional team is standing by to help you restore your missing teeth in a way that is as comfortable and easy as possible.
Preparatory work

During your initial consultation, the dentist will discuss the possibility of preparatory work with you. If you do not need any, you can go straight ahead with the dental implant surgery. If you do, it’s nothing to worry about and is quite common. There are a number of possible procedures including extraction and/or some form of bone graft.

Dental Implants in EdinburghExtraction

Extraction involves having teeth or the remains of teeth taken out. You would not necessarily have teeth removed if they are healthy. Your dentist might recommend extraction of teeth that are nearing the end of their useful life. When this is done, there may be a short interval before you have dental implants fitted. During this time, any infection in the tooth socket will resolve and the gum will heal over fully. Dental implants are known for giving people smiles that look just like real teeth. Your dentist will do everything possible to create that for you.

Bone grafts

If you have had any adverse changes to the bone of your jaw around the site of a recent tooth extraction, usually caused by infection or trauma, there may not be enough bone left to fully support a dental implant and the overlying gum. In this case, animal-derived bone & collagen can be used to provide a scaffold for the bone of the jaw to regenerate, to grow into. Also occasionally there isn’t adequate height of bone under the maxillary sinus (the air space in your cheek) and once again animal-derived bone & collagen can be used to increase the height of bone so it is adequate to support a simultaneous or delayed placement of implants.

When you have dental implants in Edinburgh with Polwarth Dental Clinic, we do everything possible to prepare you so you have the best chance of a successful procedure.

 



A basic schedule for dental implants in Edinburgh

Treatment plans vary from person to person even if they are all having the same dental procedures. When it comes to dental implants in Edinburgh with Polwarth Dental Clinic, the number of possible variations means that you need a personalised treatment plan before you begin so that you know exactly what will happen.

Your plan will include a schedule of appointments and a breakdown of costs to help you to prepare and to budget. This is also when your dentist will use digital technology to plan the placement of your implants according to the circumstance in your mouth. In order to withstand the forces of chewing, your dental implants are, ideally, placed where the jawbone is thickest. A lot of research has been done about the various pressures applied when you use your teeth. Dental implant placement utilises this knowledge to make them more efficient and less likely to fail.

Dental Implants in EdinburghFirst consultation

Your first consultation, when you have dental implants in Edinburgh, is a good time to exchange information with your dentist. Ask any questions you need to. They will ask you questions to build up a complete picture of your requirements.

The level of detail you want to receive about your procedure is up to you. The dentist will, at a minimum, outline what will happen and when so you can prepare yourself. If you want to know more, just ask and they will be happy to discuss the treatment in more detail, show you before and after pictures of previous patients and even show you some of the equipment involved.

Preparation

There may be a preparation phase at this point which is perfectly normal. At a minimum, it will include getting yourself ready for surgery by stocking your kitchen with nutritious foods that you will be able to eat. Look at any painkillers recommended by your dentist before your surgery and ensure you have enough to meet your needs. You may also want to tell friends and family and, where applicable, take a little time off work.

You may also require some physical preparation. Extractions are common prior to dental implants. This is where your dentist removes the remains of any old teeth and/or any teeth that are on the verge of deteriorating beyond their usefulness.



What dental implants can do for you

Losing your teeth to physical injury or poor dental health can leave your confidence significantly knocked. Dentures have long been available to treat the problem of tooth loss, but nowadays dental implants are increasingly considered a better alternative to dentures.

In Edinburgh, dental implants are available at Polwarth Dental Clinic. We provide this clinically proven treatment to restore the loss of one, several or all teeth.

Dental Implants in EdinburghHow will you be treated?

Dental implants in Edinburgh are often viewed as a scary and time consuming treatment. For this reason, it is important to consider what your treatment will be like before deciding if this procedure is right for you. For starters, dental implants consist of 3 different parts: a metal screw inserted into your jawbone known as an implant, the fake tooth known as a crown, and the metal abutment that connects the implant and crown together.

Before your treatment begins, we will go over the specifics of your treatment plan so you will know exactly what you’re getting when it comes to dental implants in Edinburgh. Treatment involves a minor surgical procedure that takes a couple of hours, depending on how many teeth you have lost, as this determines how many implants you’ll need. Just one dental implant can hold multiple replacement teeth.

After your surgery, depending on how stable the implants are, our dentists will decide whether the crown will be fitted immediately or as is more common, after a couple months of healing.

The advantages of dental implants

The lengthy and intimidating nature of dental implant surgery leaves many fearful of choosing this treatment. However, it is worth knowing that implants are an effective and enduring means of having your teeth replaced. Like natural teeth, the lifespan of a dental implant is as long as you properly care for it. This means routine dental check-ups, hygienist cleanings, and brushing and flossing at home.

With your dental implants in place, you can look forward to eating a full range of foods again, smiling with confidence and avoiding jawbone deterioration and gum recession, which is common with untreated tooth loss. If you would like to enjoy the lasting benefits of dental implants in Edinburgh, simply get in touch with our friendly practice.



Your dental implant journey with Polwarth Dental Clinic

Getting dental implants in Edinburgh with Polwarth Dental Clinic can change your life. Restoring your teeth means giving you back functionality that is fundamental to the enjoyment of life, such as eating, socialising and speaking. If you have been living with missing teeth for a while, you know about the difficulties inherent in having gaps in your smile. We want to help you fix your dental issues so you can get on with any activity you feel like doing.

What happens first when you get dental implants in Edinburgh?

Dental Implants JourneyOur consultation service is the first step to getting dental implants in Edinburgh with us. This is where we take a look at your teeth and any gaps. Placing dental implants where they can support the machinations of chewing and other activities is a precise art. You want your implants to be positioned where the jawbone is thickest, if possible.

If all of your other teeth are healthy, they can stay put. Having dental implants should not affect them. However, if your teeth are deteriorating and it looks like they will not last much longer, one of our team will talk to you about the possibility of extraction. If you decide to go ahead and have these teeth removed, it means you will not have to go through the dental implant procedure again at a later date. You may also need extraction work if the remains of old teeth are still present.

The consultation also involves a series of questions to determine your suitability for dental implants and check if there are any risk factors for failure. It is important that you give full and frank answers to these questions as, if there are risk factors, your dentist may be able to do things to mitigate them. There are some medical conditions that affect the body’s ability to accept implants and lifestyle factors, like smoking, which also have an impact.

Once the consultation is complete, your dentist will use all the information they have gathered to build a complete, personalised treatment plan for you. This will give you expected appointment times, treatment information, a breakdown of costs and advice about any required preparatory work. You can ask any questions you have at this point, before agreeing to go ahead.



How dental implants can help you get over tooth loss

Are you missing teeth and putting up with ill-fitting, loose dentures? There is an alternative which we offer for patients looking for dental Implants in Edinburgh. Oral health declines when you are older and can sometimes leave you missing one or more teeth. Or sometimes it’s an accident or injury, striking at any age, which causes tooth loss. Either way, the results can be detrimental to your confidence and so you might be thinking about how you can fill those gaps without enduring lifelong denture use.

In Edinburgh, dental implants are available at our dental practice, Polwarth Dental Clinic. We can help restore smile, no matter how many teeth you have lost.

Dental Implants in EdinburghDental implants versus dentures

In Edinburgh, dental implants have been around for decades, but many people are still content with the more traditional approach to treatment, namely dentures. While dentures fulfil their purpose as fake teeth, they are not as good a replacement as dental implants.

There are 4 fundamental differences between dental implants and dentures. Firstly, implants are drilled into your mouth while dentures are models of your teeth that fit over your gums. Secondly, implants cannot be removed while dentures can, which is why they often shift about when being used. Thirdly, dental implants are considered to be a closer replica of natural teeth as they replace both the crown and the root. Finally, dental implant treatment is more expensive in the short-term. However this investment pays off in the long-term as they can last a lifetime, while dentures usually need replacing every 3–8 years.

How are they fitted?

Each dental implant comes in three parts: the titanium screw inserted into your jawbone, the crown that serves as a replacement tooth, and the abutment that joins the two together. When our dentist fits your dental implant, the screw is drilled into the jawbone with local anaesthetic to numb the pain. An abutment connects the screw to the crown, which is attached last after a period of healing, during which time the screw secures itself into your jawbone.

Let us help

The loss of natural teeth can leave you feeling anxious about smiling, laughing or even talking. Dental Implants in Edinburgh at our friendly practice allow you to regain your confidence and smile proudly.



It’s time to smile again!

When you look in the mirror are you happy with what you see? Does your smile need a makeover? Maybe it’s time for you to take that next step to achieve that smile you have always wanted.

In an ideal world, your teeth should last a lifetime. Sometimes, this just isn’t the case. For many years, we have looked for alternative options when our teeth just don’t live up to our expectations.

Well, here at Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh, dental implants could be just what you have been looking for to fill those unsightly gaps left by missing teeth.

Dental Implants in EdinburghWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants consist of titanium screws placed directly into the jawbone. They are designed to replace not only a single tooth but also multiple teeth if required. During a period of healing, the titanium screws fuse to the jawbone, creating a seamless join and a secure foundation for the attachment of artificial, replacement teeth.

This technology has been used for over 30 years. It is ever evolving and today is the most reliable and effective way to treat tooth loss.

Benefits of dental implants

We can offer you a huge array of benefits at Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh. Dental implants are becoming ever more popular with our patients. We hope you can be next in our practice to get that happier and healthier smile you have always wanted.

Dental implants are the closest alternative to our natural teeth. This is not only in appearance, but they fit and function like natural teeth too as they replace the tooth root, which dentures alone will not.

Dental implants in Edinburgh are built to last. Our dental implants could last a lifetime, with just some periodic adjustments and regular check-ups at our practice.

Not only will your teeth be restored, but dental implants also allow the natural shape of your face to be maintained. Tooth loss causes jawbone degeneration, which can result in a sunken-cheeked appearance – that is, if dental implants aren’t used to prevent this bone shrinkage.

So call Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh; dental implants could change your life for the better.