Dental Implants

Which way will you replace your lost teeth?

Now that you have lost some teeth, you will need to think about getting them replaced as soon as possible. These days, you have to choose between 3 different methods of tooth replacement. Dentures and fixed bridgework are the 2 older methods of tooth replacement; dental implants are the more modern way.

Dental Implants in EdinburghDental implants have been around for a few decades now, but it is only in recent years that they have become the go-to method for tooth replacement because they have so many great benefits.

Here at Meadowbank Dental Practice in Edinburgh, Dr Girish Bharadwaj is our dental implant surgeon. He has many years’ experience in placing dental implants, and is particularly interested in methods of bone regeneration.

Why bone regeneration?

Bone regeneration is an important aspect of placing dental implants. This is because dental implants need to be anchored into a strong, dense jawbone if they are to sustain the powerful forces created during chewing. Think of your jawbone as a wall. You wouldn’t try to hang a heavy mirror off a screw set into a plasterboard wall, would you? You’d look for the strong brick or stone wall. It’s the same with dental implants.

The trouble is that when people have been missing teeth for some time, their jawbones will have deteriorated. In a process called resorption, the bone dissolves itself when the body thinks it is no longer in use. This happens when teeth are missing.

The bone can, however, be regenerated by grafting in new bone tissue. This is a treatment that is done in advance of placing the dental implants, and it needs time for the new bone tissue to integrate, so patience is required.

Once the bone has regenerated, the dental implants can be installed. This procedure takes place under local anaesthetic. The bone then fuses with the titanium implant over a number of weeks. It is only when the 2 have fused together that you can get going with the chewing. But then, you will be able to eat whatever you like again.

To find out more about dental implants, why not come in for a consultation?

Stabilise your dentures with dental implants in Edinburgh

Removable dentures are convenient for many patients because they are cost-effective, yet they have the tendency to become loose and uncomfortable over time. Ideally, dental implants offer the best tooth replacement option since they are permanent. However, people who are missing several teeth may not be able to afford individual dental implants.

If you have lost several or all of your teeth in the upper or lower arch, you can now take advantage of implant-supported dentures at Meadowbank Dental in Edinburgh. These are just like regular dentures but they are supported on dental implants. This way you can restore your oral health and your ability to eat and speak properly.

Dental Implants in EdinburghHow does denture stabilisation work?

Implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures, fit securely over dental implants. The latter help the dental implants stay in place without moving when you eat or speak, due to a series of snap-on mechanisms attached on their surfaces.

Essentially, dental implants are small titanium posts, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Titanium is a material compatible with human body tissue, and the dental implants gradually fuse with the jawbone and help prevent its deterioration. Implants used for denture stabilisation differ slightly in size from traditional implants. They are also positioned at a different angle in order to help keep the dentures in place. However, they offer the same advantages as regular dental implants and by the time the dentures are restored on top of them, your new teeth will look, feel and function exactly like your natural teeth.

Benefits of implant-supported dentures

Improved comfort and stability are only a few benefits of implant-supported dentures. Because they are so stable, you can enjoy your favourite foods without worrying about them becoming loose. Unlike traditional dentures that rest on the gums, implant-supported dentures are secured over dental implants, which help stimulate the jawbone through chewing and biting. This way you can use your dentures as you would use your normal teeth, preventing further bone or tooth loss. Last but not least, implant-supported dentures require little if any maintenance, if you opt to stabilise them permanently in your mouth.

If you would like to learn more about this innovative, restorative option, please contact our dental practice and schedule a consultation today.

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.