Modern Day Replacement Teeth

Woman that had teeth replacement

Woman that had teeth replacementAbout 30 years ago, dental implants became available and now in Edinburgh, dental implants have moved to become most people’s first choice when they need to replace lost teeth.

What makes dental implants in Edinburgh so popular? Maybe it’s word-of-mouth as one happy patient relates their experience of surgery and being able to use their restored teeth just like they did their natural ones. Maybe it’s because people who are now on the cusp of tooth replacement have no wish to suffer the indignities they saw their parents and grandparents suffer with the older generations of tooth replacement methods. Whatever the reason, more dentists are making dental implants in Edinburgh available, including Edinburgh Dental Specialists, whose dentists were among those who were there at the beginning of the dental implant revolution.

Tooth roots: the big difference

What makes dental implants in Edinburgh so different from other replacement methods is that they replace the root of the tooth and not just the crown. The root is what provides teeth with their stability, and teeth need stability if they are to be able to turn food into a paste that is easily swallowed and digested. There won’t be any more chewing further down the gut, that’s for sure.

Dental implants are titanium posts or screws that are inserted into special channels made in the jawbone. Once in place, they are left to heal over a period of several weeks. During this time, the jawbone accepts the implants as another body part and grows new cells and blood vessels all over it. These hold the implant firmly in place just like a real tooth root in its socket.

Once the implants have integrated with the jawbone, crowns handmade from dental porcelain are attached to it, via a connecting piece called an abutment. The abutment can accommodate one crown or a bridge holding up to 3 crowns. This means there is no need to have one implant for every lost tooth. In fact, it only takes 4-6 dental implants to hold an entire arch of teeth in place, 4 for the lower arch, 6 for the upper.