What is involved in my dental implant treatment?

If you have a missing tooth or teeth then you will be well aware of the discomfort, embarrassment and difficulties that can arise as a result. Until recently the only real option for many has been a bridge or a full/partial denture. Unfortunately for many people, these types of restoration can be uncomfortable, ill-fitting and unattractive- particularly if you have had them for many years.

Today there is a proven and successful alternative. Dental implants offer a comfortable, strong and attractive way to replace one or more teeth. The process is highly safe and offers long-lasting and natural looking results.

Dental implants are a truly cost-effective treatment for many patients who have struggled in the past. Provided they are well looked after they have the potential to last just as long as your natural teeth.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant comprises of a screw which is placed in the jawbone- effectively replacing the root of your natural tooth. Overtime, your gum fuses with this screw helping to hold it firmly in place. A false tooth (or crown) is then attached to the screw.

A dental implant can be used to replace just one or all of your teeth. A single implant can hold one to two crowns. For several teeth a bridge can be placed on multiple implants. Implants can also be used to hold full dentures in place.

Implants can be fitted with absolutely no effect on the existing teeth (unlike bridges which often require severe removal of the tooth enamel on adjoining teeth).

The screw part of the implant is made from titanium meaning that it is very strong and durable yet inert. Titanium is tolerated well by the body and rarely causes any problem or reaction.

The false tooth will be made from porcelain so that it blends in beautifully with your existing teeth.

What is involved in my dental implant treatment?

Dental implants have a very high success rate (over 95%) and with good care and regular maintenance they have the potential to last just as long as any natural teeth- meaning that you can feel confident in your smile for a lifetime.

If you would like further information about how replacing your missing teeth with implants can improve your smile, call Bruntsfield dental on 0131 299 3040 today!