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.