Replacement teeth that do what natural teeth do

Here at Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh, dental implants make up an increasingly large percentage of our tooth restoration work because they work like natural teeth. In fact, once they are in place, no one but you can tell they aren’t real, both in how they look and how they perform.

Dental implants not only replace the crown but also the root of the tooth. This is not the case with dentures, which sit on the gums, and bridges which are held in place by being fixed to neighbouring healthy teeth.

Dental Implants in EdinburghIn fact, the root part of dental implants actually becomes a permanent part of your body, meshing with your jawbone tissue during a healing period that takes a few weeks.

If you take good care of them, dental implants in Edinburgh can last for the rest of your life. They can’t rot like natural teeth because the porcelain from which the crowns are made is impervious to the decay. All you have to do is make sure you keep the gums around the implants free from gum disease with careful brushing and flossing.

Dental implants keep the surrounding teeth in place, stopping them from twisting or dropping due to the gap left by the missing tooth. The stimulation they provide in the jawbone ensures further gum and bone erosion is prevented.

When you come to Polwarth Dental Clinic, we will use scans and x-rays to gain an in-depth picture of your mouth, teeth, jaw and bone structure, as well as nasal cavities and sinuses, so that we can work out what treatment you will need. They also help flag up other issues before surgery, so that we can make sure that receiving dental implants in Edinburgh with us runs as smoothly as possible.

Your treatment journey with us will probably last at least a few months. Although it only takes an afternoon to have the implants inserted, it will take some time for them to integrate with your jawbone, before you come back for the custom-made crowns to be fitted. These will match your own teeth in size, shape and colour so that they blend in seamlessly.

You don’t have to wobble your way through your later years

It’s no fun as you start getting older and discover that bits of you no longer work as well as they did. It’s even worse when they don’t work at all because they’ve either fallen out or been removed. Bits of you, like your teeth. When they go, you face being consigned to a life of wobbly dentures, soft food and a face that looks old before its time.

But in Edinburgh, dental implants are a better option than dentures and bridges for people who have lost one or more teeth; maybe even all of them.

Dental Implants in EdinburghIn Edinburgh, dental implants differ from dentures and bridges in that they are permanently fixed into the jaw bone. Getting implants requires a surgical operation, performed here at Polwarth Dental Clinic by dental surgeon Dr Willie Jack. Willie will firstly sculpt a new socket in your jawbone, and then insert a tiny titanium post (the dental implant) into it. You then go away for a few weeks while the bone and gum heal around the dental implant. During this important stage, new bone tissue and blood vessels mesh with the screw, anchoring it firmly into your jaw.

Once this vital part of the process is complete, Willie can screw a new tooth, bridge, or even a whole new set of teeth, onto the dental implants. He will have ordered new, artificial teeth made to blend in with each patient’s particular tooth colour and shape.

Dental implants have several benefits, which means that more and more people are asking us for them before dentures or bridges.

Health-wise, because dental implants encourage bone and gum growth, you can maintain or even regain a firm look around the jaw and mouth. Missing teeth encourage the jawbone to resorb and the gums to recede. This is how people get that sunken, aged look when they’re not that old.

Secondly, in Edinburgh dental implants behave just like natural teeth. You do not remove them to clean them, and you don’t have to worry about getting food stuck, or having to avoid certain foods. You can treat the implants like your own teeth: eat what you like, and clean and floss as usual.

Next steps to dental implants in Edinburgh with Polwarth Dental Clinic

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.
Preparatory work

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.

Dental Implants in EdinburghExtraction

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.

Bone grafts

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.


Call the emergency dentist!

There are dental problems that occur suddenly and randomly, which call for immediate attention. That’s when you’ll be in need of an emergency dentist in Edinburgh. You’ll be glad to know that Polwarth Dental Clinic provides such dental care. We will alleviate your pain and help repair whatever injury you have sustained to your teeth.

What do we offer when a dental crisis strikes?

Emergency Dentist in EdinburghThere are a broad range of issues that our emergency dentist in Edinburgh is equipped to deal with. The majority of these problems are unforeseeable and when they strike can often leave you anxious and scared. We can provide you with the treatment that you require.

The most common problems our emergency dentist in Edinburgh deals with is cracked teeth, damaged braces, fully or partially knocked out teeth, painful toothache, as well as swelling and bleeding. Each problem requires a different treatment and period of healing, which in some cases will need several appointments after your initial visit. However, during your emergency dental visit, we will make sure that you receive pain relief if needed, that the area of damage is sterilised to prevent infection, and that any repairs possible then and there are carried out.

If you find yourself in need of emergency dental care, call our dental practice as we offer same day treatments to both members and non-members of our practice. The cost for getting treatment from our emergency dentist in Edinburgh will depend on your status as a member of our practice. If you are a low-income patient you will be provided with financial aid to help you spread the costs.

Don’t worry, we’re here

With our caring approach and attention to your dental needs, you can rest assured that you will be in safe hands. We will strive to make sure you are free from pain as soon as possible and will let you know exactly what’s going on to help put you at ease. So when a dental crisis arises, don’t hesitate to call us. Immediate treatment will save you from further dental damage later.

A basic schedule for dental implants in Edinburgh

Treatment plans vary from person to person even if they are all having the same dental procedures. When it comes to dental implants in Edinburgh with Polwarth Dental Clinic, the number of possible variations means that you need a personalised treatment plan before you begin so that you know exactly what will happen.

Your plan will include a schedule of appointments and a breakdown of costs to help you to prepare and to budget. This is also when your dentist will use digital technology to plan the placement of your implants according to the circumstance in your mouth. In order to withstand the forces of chewing, your dental implants are, ideally, placed where the jawbone is thickest. A lot of research has been done about the various pressures applied when you use your teeth. Dental implant placement utilises this knowledge to make them more efficient and less likely to fail.

Dental Implants in EdinburghFirst consultation

Your first consultation, when you have dental implants in Edinburgh, is a good time to exchange information with your dentist. Ask any questions you need to. They will ask you questions to build up a complete picture of your requirements.

The level of detail you want to receive about your procedure is up to you. The dentist will, at a minimum, outline what will happen and when so you can prepare yourself. If you want to know more, just ask and they will be happy to discuss the treatment in more detail, show you before and after pictures of previous patients and even show you some of the equipment involved.


There may be a preparation phase at this point which is perfectly normal. At a minimum, it will include getting yourself ready for surgery by stocking your kitchen with nutritious foods that you will be able to eat. Look at any painkillers recommended by your dentist before your surgery and ensure you have enough to meet your needs. You may also want to tell friends and family and, where applicable, take a little time off work.

You may also require some physical preparation. Extractions are common prior to dental implants. This is where your dentist removes the remains of any old teeth and/or any teeth that are on the verge of deteriorating beyond their usefulness.

Calling the emergency dentist in Edinburgh

Call your emergency dentist in Edinburgh, at Polwarth Dental Clinic, as soon as you can if you think you need urgent treatment. If necessary, you can ask someone else to call for you but ensure they have all the details to pass on to the dentist.

Dental emergencies include times when you think you might lose a tooth, when you are in intense pain or if there is a lot of blood coming from anywhere in your mouth. If you have other injuries, have sustained a blow to the head or you think you might be sick in a way that is unrelated to your tooth, call your doctor or visit your local A&E who will take care of you.

Emergency Dentist in EdinburghImmediate advice and reassurance

When you call the emergency dentist in Edinburgh at Polwarth Dental Clinic, the first thing we will do is take information about the issue you are having. We may be able to give you advice and reassurance over the phone. Particularly in the case of a lost tooth, the right advice and action early on can greatly increase your chances of being able to keep the tooth. We may also be able to recommend painkillers that will help to alleviate discomfort in the short term.

Fast appointments

At Polwarth Dental Clinic, we understand that dental emergencies can be distressing, particularly if you are in pain. We see you on the same day that you call so you do not have to wait. All dental issues benefit from being seen as quickly as possible. The conditions in your mouth change rapidly and the necessity for extensive work often becomes greater as time goes by. Your first appointment with Polwarth Dental Clinic will usually cost no more than £70 and leave you either pain-free or on your way there.

Follow-up treatment

If you need follow-up treatment, we will book this with you on the day that you come for your emergency treatment, if this suits you. Our skilled team have a range of qualifications and specialities between them so we can address complex issues if required. We will also do our best to prevent you having similar issues in the future, if possible, with routine dentistry, preventive care and excellent advice.

What dental implants can do for you

Losing your teeth to physical injury or poor dental health can leave your confidence significantly knocked. Dentures have long been available to treat the problem of tooth loss, but nowadays dental implants are increasingly considered a better alternative to dentures.

In Edinburgh, dental implants are available at Polwarth Dental Clinic. We provide this clinically proven treatment to restore the loss of one, several or all teeth.

Dental Implants in EdinburghHow will you be treated?

Dental implants in Edinburgh are often viewed as a scary and time consuming treatment. For this reason, it is important to consider what your treatment will be like before deciding if this procedure is right for you. For starters, dental implants consist of 3 different parts: a metal screw inserted into your jawbone known as an implant, the fake tooth known as a crown, and the metal abutment that connects the implant and crown together.

Before your treatment begins, we will go over the specifics of your treatment plan so you will know exactly what you’re getting when it comes to dental implants in Edinburgh. Treatment involves a minor surgical procedure that takes a couple of hours, depending on how many teeth you have lost, as this determines how many implants you’ll need. Just one dental implant can hold multiple replacement teeth.

After your surgery, depending on how stable the implants are, our dentists will decide whether the crown will be fitted immediately or as is more common, after a couple months of healing.

The advantages of dental implants

The lengthy and intimidating nature of dental implant surgery leaves many fearful of choosing this treatment. However, it is worth knowing that implants are an effective and enduring means of having your teeth replaced. Like natural teeth, the lifespan of a dental implant is as long as you properly care for it. This means routine dental check-ups, hygienist cleanings, and brushing and flossing at home.

With your dental implants in place, you can look forward to eating a full range of foods again, smiling with confidence and avoiding jawbone deterioration and gum recession, which is common with untreated tooth loss. If you would like to enjoy the lasting benefits of dental implants in Edinburgh, simply get in touch with our friendly practice.

What counts as a dental emergency?

If you need to see the emergency dentist in Edinburgh at Polwarth Dental Clinic, we are happy to help. We offer a same-day service and will see you as soon as is practical. Where possible, we limit the fee for your first visit to £70, so you do not delay seeking help due to worry about costs.

One of our team can talk to you on the phone initially to assess your needs. They give you advice on any actions you can take to help alleviate pain or worry about losing a tooth. There are several common reasons why people need to see an emergency dentist in Edinburgh.

Please bear in mind that if you have sustained other injuries, had a blow to the head or are suffering from any other non-dental symptoms, you should see a doctor first.

Emergency Dentist in EdinburghPotential tooth loss

There are two grades of tooth loss. You can either have an avulsed tooth or an extruded tooth. The former is when your tooth has been knocked out completely, the latter is when a tooth is still partially attached, even if it is only by a few threads. Both situations require you to see a dentist as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance of saving the tooth.

If possible, push the tooth gently back into position. The root is a living thing and it is more likely to survive in its native environment. If this is not possible due to excessive pain or other factors, place the tooth in milk and call your emergency dentist in Edinburgh right away. Do not put your tooth in water.

Excessive pain

If you have dental pain, either from an accident or the rapid onset of an issue like an abscess, this usually qualifies as a dental emergency. One of the best ways to prevent the latter situation is to keep up with your regular dental checks. Routine dentistry is the surest way to avoid seeing the emergency dentist in Edinburgh.

When you come to see us at Polwarth Dental Clinic, we are sensitive to the traumatic impact of dental issues. Our team will take care of you and ensure that you are, at least, on your way to being pain-free before you go home again.

Your dental implant journey with Polwarth Dental Clinic

Getting dental implants in Edinburgh with Polwarth Dental Clinic can change your life. Restoring your teeth means giving you back functionality that is fundamental to the enjoyment of life, such as eating, socialising and speaking. If you have been living with missing teeth for a while, you know about the difficulties inherent in having gaps in your smile. We want to help you fix your dental issues so you can get on with any activity you feel like doing.

What happens first when you get dental implants in Edinburgh?

Dental Implants JourneyOur consultation service is the first step to getting dental implants in Edinburgh with us. This is where we take a look at your teeth and any gaps. Placing dental implants where they can support the machinations of chewing and other activities is a precise art. You want your implants to be positioned where the jawbone is thickest, if possible.

If all of your other teeth are healthy, they can stay put. Having dental implants should not affect them. However, if your teeth are deteriorating and it looks like they will not last much longer, one of our team will talk to you about the possibility of extraction. If you decide to go ahead and have these teeth removed, it means you will not have to go through the dental implant procedure again at a later date. You may also need extraction work if the remains of old teeth are still present.

The consultation also involves a series of questions to determine your suitability for dental implants and check if there are any risk factors for failure. It is important that you give full and frank answers to these questions as, if there are risk factors, your dentist may be able to do things to mitigate them. There are some medical conditions that affect the body’s ability to accept implants and lifestyle factors, like smoking, which also have an impact.

Once the consultation is complete, your dentist will use all the information they have gathered to build a complete, personalised treatment plan for you. This will give you expected appointment times, treatment information, a breakdown of costs and advice about any required preparatory work. You can ask any questions you have at this point, before agreeing to go ahead.

When do you need an emergency dentist?

Many dental problems develop over months and years and are caused by patients not looking after their teeth properly. However, certain dental problems are immediate and require the assistance of an emergency dentist. In Edinburgh you can receive emergency dental care at Polwarth Dental Clinic.

We understand that some dental problems require quick hands-on treatment. Injuries sustained to the mouth, such as cracked teeth, need to be taken care of immediately to prevent further damage.

Emergency Dentist in EdinburghProblems we can fix

There are many dental problems that require speedy treatment. When you cause your lip or tongue to bleed from an accidental bite, crack your tooth, damage your braces, injure your jaw, experience swelling or an unexpected severe toothache, our emergency dentist in Edinburgh can manage your dental problems effectively.

Each issue requires a different type of treatment for your teeth to return to full health, which is why our emergency dentist in Edinburgh is equipped with the knowledge and skills to undertake each specific procedure. However, there are certain measures you can take to reduce pain and improve your chances of recovery. For example, if you have sustained injury to your jaw, applying a cold compress to that area will serve as temporary treatment until you get professional emergency care. If you’ve knocked out a tooth, putting it in some milk until you see our emergency dentist can improve the chances of saving it.

What to do if you’re in need of an emergency dentist

If you ever come to the point of being in severe dental pain, it is important to contact an emergency dentist in Edinburgh.

The very nature of emergency dental care means that neither you nor us will know when dental pain, bleeding or swelling will strike. For this reason, it is good to familiarise yourself with what to do should an emergency arise. A good first step is having our practice contact details to hand.

What we’ll do for you

We aim to reduce any fear and anxiety that comes along with unexpected dental injuries or pain, by providing a safe and professional environment that is equipped to relieve your pain and repair the damage.

So don’t worry, when you need an emergency dentist in Edinburgh, Polwarth Dental Clinic is here to help.