When most people think of replacing missing teeth, dentures are the first thought that springs to mind. While traditional dentures can restore missing teeth, they come with several downsides, including discomfort and the tendency to shift about. Modern dentistry now offers dental implants as a more stable, long lasting solution to tooth loss.
At Edinburgh Dental Specialists in Edinburgh, dental implants are placed by a team of specialist dentists. With their wealth of skills and knowledge, you can expect effective and reliable results.
Understanding How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are precisely placed into the jawbone. Here they act as artificial tooth roots and what’s more, they encourage the growth of new bone. This ensures they are firmly secured in place, providing stability unmatched by traditional dentures. Replacement teeth are then fitted on top of the dental implants.
Alternatively for those more comfortable with dentures, dental implants can be combined with dentures to stabilise them. Dental implants are an effective solution for treating a range of tooth loss cases; whether resulting from injury or disease, involving the loss of one tooth or a whole mouthful of teeth.
What Does the Implant Procedure Involve?
Dental implants are fitted in a minor surgical procedure, which is carried out under local anaesthetic. Sedation is also available for more nervous patients. A period of healing is required before replacement teeth can be attached. Once your treatment is complete, your dental implants can last as long as your natural teeth, as long as they are well taken care of. A dentist will be able to advise you on how to carry out good dental hygiene practices.
What are the Main Benefits of Dental Implants?
Stability is the most obvious benefit of dental implants. With replacement teeth firmly held in place, you can enjoy the foods you used to before you suffered from tooth loss. Your long-term dental health also stands to gain, as dental implants protect your jawbone from degenerating and your gums from receding, which are both common occurrences following tooth loss.
Visiting a dentist will give you the chance to find out if dental implants are appropriate for you.