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.
In 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.