A few options may have been suggested to you as a way for you to replace your missing teeth. You may have discussed bridges, dentures or dental implants in Edinburgh with your local dentist.
But how are you to know which is the best option for you? This is something that you need to work out, with the advice and guidance of a caring and understanding oral healthcare professional and some research of your own.
By ensuring that you are fully aware of the advantages and any potential pitfalls that may be unique to your personal situation, you are more able to make an informed decision about what will be the short term and long term advantages of each treatment plan.
Talk about your options with your loved ones and agree upon a plan swiftly with your dentist. Time really is of the essence when it comes to replacing teeth, although we do understand that some people leave gaps in their smile for many years.
Unfortunately, this can have dire consequences, so it really is important to discuss methods in restoring your smile to full functionality as quickly as possible. We hope that whether you choose dental implants in Edinburgh or another treatment plan, that you feel confident in your decision and positive about your future with your new and improved smile.
Let’s discuss the differences
Dental implants in Edinburgh are now generally thought of as a preferred choice, mainly because of how long the treatment lasts and how impressive the success rate is. You can expect to enjoy your implant for several decades and with a success rate of upwards of 98%, if you are viable for the treatment, then you are nearly guaranteed that you will benefit from it.
Some people, however, find that this treatment option will not be suitable for them and therefore are motivated to look at alternative means. Dentures and bridges are still in common use today, not only because they are more affordable, but because they are less invasive and may be preferable for those people who are not well enough to undergo a minor surgical procedure.
For those people suffering from jawbone loss or degradation, you are able to have a bone graft to replace this missing bone before continuing on with implant surgery. Some individuals may have a bone disease however which makes this less likely.
Dentures and bridges, whether they are permanently attached or not, just sit on top of the gum line and therefore are unable to provide the correct amount of stimulation to the jawbone to enable regeneration. If the jawbone is already receding and it is not a desirable option for you to replace it, unfortunately your tooth replacement options will only exasperate this issue.
Your dentist will talk further with you about your unique situation and the ways in which you can combat some or all of the issues that have been raised. Every one of us are dealt a different hand and must simply work with the tools that are available in order to make ourselves as comfortable as we can be. Our aim is to allow you more functionality and comfort with your smile by replacing any missing teeth in the most convenient and lasting way possible.