Category: Dental Implants

Hang on to your natural teeth with dental implants in Edinburgh

At Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh, many of our patients want to preserve as many of their natural teeth as possible, and not lose them to being ground down to support artificial teeth on bridges.

dental-implants-in-edinburghIf you would rather keep your natural teeth intact, our dentists recommend dental implants in Edinburgh rather than normal dentures and bridges.

In Edinburgh, dental implants are frequently the best solution to one or more missing teeth. Dental implants do not need to be supported by the teeth adjacent to the gap, which have to be ground down for bridges to be fitted. With dental implants,healthy teeth are preserved. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or a few, or even both sets of teeth on upper and lower jaw.

In Edinburgh, dental implants also benefit jaw health. When teeth are lost, the jaw bone in those areas starts to lose density, and the gums recede. Dental implants prevent this.

These tiny titanium posts are screwed into the jawbone along carefully constructed channels created during minor oral surgery. During the following few months, the jawbone is given time to heal, so that new bone tissue growth can mesh with the titanium of the new dental implant, holding it securely in place, just as it would a natural tooth root.

This process, known as osseointegration, takes several weeks, during which time the patient can continue to wear their artificial teeth. Meanwhile, at a special laboratory, new teeth are being specially made to blend with the patient’s own natural teeth shape and colour. Once the gums and jaw are healed, the new teeth are screwed onto the implants.

Once in place, dental implants in Edinburgh are indistinguishable from the natural teeth they have replaced. The wearer can eat, drink, brush and floss as normal. Patients often find that they more or less forget that these implants are not the teeth they were born with.

At Polwarth Dental Clinic, our implantologist is Dr Willie Jack. A qualified dentist since 1983, Willie has a Masters degree in Implantology and has successfully completed many thousands of implant cases during his time in practice.

Restore your smile with implant-supported bridges in Edinburgh

Whether you are missing one tooth or more, there are quite a few tooth replacement options available for restoring both the look and function of your teeth in Edinburgh. Dental implants are ideal for supporting bridges for patients who are missing several consecutive teeth.

At Polwarth Dental Clinic, our leading implant dentist, Dr Willie Jack has fitted over 3,000 dental implants in Edinburgh since 1992.Depending on how many teeth you are missing, he will be able to determine whether you are a good candidate for implant-supported bridges.

dental-implants-in-edinburghHow do they work?

An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by dental implants fused with the surrounding bone,rather than natural teeth. Normally, when an implant-supported bridge is used, dental implants are fixed either directly on your missing teeth or on both sides of the gaps created by your missing teeth. In the end, the crowns are joined to each other to form a solid bridge. Implant-supported bridges decrease the pressure on the individual implants in the jawbone and diffuse it evenly across the bridge.

Benefits of implant-supported bridges

There are clear advantages of implant-supported bridges over traditional bridges. The former are fixed into you jawbone by dental implants, so you can speak, eat and smile knowing that your restorations will always look and feel like your natural teeth.

Implant-supported bridges are very sturdy and less likely to chip or break compared to traditional bridges. More importantly, because they are supported by dental implants, they stimulate the jawbone, helping to stop the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss.

Am I an ideal candidate?

In order to be eligible for an implant-supported bridge, you should enjoy good oral and overall health and have lost up to four successive teeth. Additionally, you should have a sufficient amount of healthy bone in your jaw in order to support the embedded dental implants. If you cannot support dental implants because of insufficient bone density, we will suggest a bone grafting procedure prior to the treatment.

By trusting Polwarth Dental Clinic for your dental implants in Edinburgh, you can enjoy a beautiful smile with renewed strength and function.