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.
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.
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.
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.