Dental Implants

Solving the root of your missing teeth problems

At Meadowbank Dental Practice in Edinburgh, we know that replacing missing teeth is not merely a case of crowns, bridges and full or partial dentures. Taking care of the tooth below the gumline is just as important for patients who have lost one or more teeth.

dental-implants-in-edinburghThe reason dental implants can have such a great and beneficial effect on patients’ lives is due to the fact that they replace the missing root as well as the tooth.

Implants replace the root with tiny screws made of titanium, a metal that has the ability to fuse with our bone tissue. At our practice, dental implants are fitted into the jawbone under local anaesthetic by Dr Girish Bharadwaj. Dr Bharadwaj will also administer sedation for patients who are especially anxious about oral surgery, so that they can fully relax during the treatment.

Once the implants have been inserted, the jawbone needs several weeks of healing time, during which new bone tissue and blood vessels grow around the implants and mesh with the metal. Once this is complete, the implants will be held securely in place, creating a stable base able to cope with the multi-directional forces producing by biting and chewing.

We fit dental implants to resolve the top six problem areas reported by patients. Implants can be used to: replace missing back teeth, when all the upper teeth are missing, to replace one missing lower tooth or side tooth and even to replace every single tooth at once.

That’s how implants solve the root of the problem. Let’s talk about the crowns now. Almost everyone wants their artificial teeth to blend in seamlessly with their remaining teeth, or, if you need a full set of new teeth, you really want them to resemble the ones you lost. No one really wants to look like their teeth are not their own. This is why the crown (white) part of the teeth is hand-made in a laboratory to match the size, shape and colour of your surrounding natural teeth. Or, if you are having all your teeth replaced and have a photograph of your smile, or impressions of your lost teeth, then they can be matched from these.

Dental implants, if you take good care of them, can last for the rest of your life, so they are well worth the investment.

Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

We know that if you’ve lost one or more of your teeth, it can be a distressing and stressful experience. Not only can losing your teeth make you hide your smile away, it can also affect your diet, with healthy foods suddenly off the menu; can cause further dental health problems as remaining teeth begin to move and the bone beneath starts to resorb; and can even affect your speech.

dental implantsDental implants are an increasingly popular, permanent solution for missing teeth. While some people describe implants as replacement teeth, they are more accurately replacement tooth roots. Implants are placed in the jaw bone with a minor surgical procedure and are used to support replacement teeth such as dentures or bridges.

All of our implant surgery is carried out by oral surgery specialist Dr Girish Bharadwaj, who has a special interest in implantology and many years of experience in this area. He is a Diplomate of International Congress of Oral Implantologists and works as an associate specialist in Oral Surgery at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline.

Most patients are suitable for treatment with dental implants, although if you are a smoker this may increase the chances of implants failing, and if you have suffered bone loss you may need a bone graft first.

Implants are placed in the jaw under local anaesthetic or sedation, depending on your preference. Over a few months they integrate with the bone, providing a stable support for replacement teeth such as crowns, dentures or bridges. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants actually support bone growth.

Your replacement teeth will look and act very much like natural teeth, and unlike standard bridges there is no damage to surrounding teeth. With proper care and regular visits to your dentist for check-ups, your implants should last you many years.