Changing Lives With Dental Implants
Many people can become quite down when they lose a tooth or two, or more, and are faced with either having gaps in their mouths, or with having to wear removable artificial teeth for the rest of their lives. This is especially true is the person is young. This is the reality for young people who have lost teeth playing sports, or in other accidents. In Edinburgh, dental implants are the 21st century successor to removable false teeth.
Dental implants are being offered by more and more dentists, such as the Polwarth Dental Clinic. Dental implants are not suitable for everyone, however, so it is important that patients go to a good dentist to find out if dental implants will work for them.
The main requirement for receiving dental implants in Edinburgh is a strong jawbone that can take having artificial sockets sculpted into them with the drill. In exploratory consultations, many dentists take x-rays to make sure the jaw is in good enough condition for implants. The bone may not be if the patient has been without natural teeth for some good while. When the bone is missing its tooth roots, the bone can start to lose density and reduce in size. It can also lose density if the patient is a long-term smoker. There are some things that dentists can do to circumvent some problems to make the jaw able to receive implants. These include sinus lifts in the upper jaw, and bone grafting.
If the patient is a suitable candidate for dental implants in Edinburgh, then the procedure is often a relatively simple one. Artificial sockets are drilled into the jawbone, and the implants, tiny posts made of titanium, are inserted. This procedure is less painful than having teeth drilled, generally speaking and a local anaesthetic is used. Over several weeks, the gums and bones heal, and the implants fuse with new bone tissue, becoming increasingly well-anchored in the jaw.
Once the dental implants have fused with the bone, the patient comes back to the dentist and is fitted with custom-made porcelain teeth that blend in seamlessly with their own, or, if they are replacing all their teeth, resemble the ones they used to have.