When it comes to a big investment in your dental health, you want to know that you are getting excellence in return for your money. If you live in or near Edinburgh, dental implants can be fitted for you by the man who has already inserted over 3,000 implants.
Meet Dr Willie Jack, the implant surgeon at Polwarth Dental Clinic. Willie qualified as a dentist in Edinburgh in 1983 and worked as a community paediatric dentist before setting up a dental practice in Wales. His implant work began in 1991, when he started restoring implants placed by other surgeons. He went on to do implant surgery and has now treated over 1,000 patients and been director of an implant company ensuring excellence of practice in over 50 dental clinics.
What to expect
When you come to Willie for dental implants in Edinburgh, he will make a detailed examination of your mouth and jawbone. This may include a CT scan or x-rays to check that your jawbone is strong and healthy enough to receive dental implants. If for some reason it is not, you may well need to have a bone graft or a sinus lift before you can have dental implants in Edinburgh. Willie will also make sure you have no other oral health issues that need to be addressed before implant treatment can go ahead.
Willie will provide you with a written treatment plan, which will include the cost of treatment, for you to agree to before treatment starts. Once you are entirely happy with the proposed treatment, you can expect the process to last several weeks.
The first stage is oral surgery, under local anaesthetic, during which Willie will place one or implants into your jaw. If you are a nervous patient, you can have sedation as well as local anaesthetic.
Over the next few weeks, your jaws and gums will heal around the implant, with new bone tissue meshing with it to hold it as firmly in place as if it was a natural tooth. After this, you can come back to Willie to have your custom-made artificial tooth crowns fitted, either as single teeth, bridges, or entire sets of upper and lower jaw teeth.