Dental implants, originally developed for elderly patients with most of their natural teeth missing, have been one of the success stories of modern dentistry. Unlike other tooth replacement options, they are permanent, with a long and functional lifetime.
Dental implants in Edinburgh are a popular option for patients who have lost one, several or all of their teeth. Because they are attached to the jawbone, they create a strong and sturdy foundation for restorations that look and function just like natural teeth. Dental implants in Edinburgh are provided by many dental practices, including Edinburgh Dental Specialists.
What are dental implants and how do they work?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. Depending on the amount of teeth missing and the implant treatment recommended by their dentist, patients can have two or more dental implants embedded into their jawbone. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes, onto which replacement teeth are mounted.
The bone has the ability to bond with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for crowns, bridges or dentures. The healing process can take from two to four months and most patients are able to return to their everyday activities almost immediately after the implant operation. Small abutments are then attached to the dental implants, and these protrude through the gums. These abutments will be invisible once the replacement teeth have been placed.
Advantages of dental implant treatment
Dental implants offer many advantages over other tooth replacement options. Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants reduce the load on the natural teeth by offering independent support and retention to crowns, bridges or dentures. Moreover, they preserve natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to file down adjacent teeth for support, just like conventional bridges do.
More importantly, dental implants have the unique ability to preserve the jawbone and reduce the need for future restorative intervention. Long-term data and clinical experience suggest that dental implants last longer than any other tooth replacement option and with good oral care, they may even last a lifetime. Finally, dental implants restore biting and chewing function and help improve facial contours.