As you age, appointments at the dentist in Edinburgh become more about preserving and replacing teeth. Teeth that may have suffered from the less advanced dental treatments of a few decades ago, or from wear and tear, start to wear out. For many teeth that have been through the mill, there comes a time when they have to come out, and then what do you do?
Here at Meadowbank Dental Practice, a great family dentist in Edinburgh, we want our patients to continue to be able to enjoy eating and socialising as easily as they did when they had their own teeth. So, choosing the right kind of replacement teeth is really important.
The latest generation of tooth replacement devices can replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown. Having replacement roots mimics nature and provides great stability without compromising remaining healthy teeth.
How dental implants work
Dental implants come in three parts. The first is a tapered post or screw that goes into specially created channels in your jawbone. Once it is in place, it will stick up through the gum. Inside it has an internal screw and we put a connecting piece called an abutment into that.
Then we put the crowns onto the abutment. A dental implant can hold up to 3 crowns on a bridge, so you don’t need to have an implant for every lost tooth.
The clever thing about dental implants is that they are made of titanium, which is a highly biocompatible, lightweight non-corrosive metal. It fuses with the jawbone, which is what makes it so stable.
Once that integration process is complete, you will be able to eat whatever you want again.
Dental implant-supported crowns remain in your mouth. You just need to keep them free from plaque with a good brushing and flossing routine. If you take good care of them with regular hygiene sessions at the dentist in Edinburgh, you can expect them to last for at least 15 years, often a lot longer.
Want to know more? Book a consultation at the dentist in Edinburgh and let’s get started on your new life with dental implants.