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.
If 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.