Missing teeth are not only unattractive, they can also impair a patient’s ability to speak, bite and chew properly. Unlike common tooth replacement options such as dentures and bridges, dental implants can fully replace missing teeth and make them look and function as good as new.
Conventional bridges can sacrifice the structure of surrounding healthy teeth to fill the space of missing teeth and removable dentures tend to become loose and unstable over time. Dental implants, on the other hand, are embedded into the jawbone and act as replacement tooth roots. Dental implants in Edinburgh are available in a number of dental practices, including Edinburgh Dental Specialists.
What are dental implants and how do they work?
Dental implants are small posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Dental implants are typically made of titanium, which has been used successfully in dental implant dentistry for decades. Titanium is a strong, biocompatible material, which serves as a solid foundation for replacement teeth. Moreover, titanium has the ability to fuse with the bone tissue once it is embedded into the jawbone, protecting the jawbone from further deterioration and encouraging the growth of healthy bone tissue.
Once the dental implants are stabilised into the jawbone and the bone tissue has healed, the dentist will top them with replacement teeth such as crowns, dentures or bridges.
Dental implant surgery is a process done in stages and can take several months. However, some patients can have dental implants and replacement teeth installed on the same day.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants in Edinburgh are entirely safe. Complications are likely to occur only if a dentist does not meet the requirements for implant placement. In general, adults in good oral and general health and with enough bone left in their jawbone can have dental implants.
However, if bone loss is an issue, patients can still have dental implants through alternative implant treatments. Last but not least, patients with long-term diseases such as diabetes or heart disease can have dental implants as long as their condition is stabilised prior to implant surgery.
Patients should discuss their individual case prior to the surgery in order to avoid risks and unnecessary complications.