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.