Have you lost one or more of your natural teeth? Losing your natural teeth can be very distressing since it may affect a lot of your everyday activities like smiling, talking properly or your chewing ability. Permanently replacing missing teeth with dental implants does not only provide advantages to your smile and self-consciousness but also ensures the general health of your other teeth (i.e. bone loss is prevented)
The dental team at Edinburgh Dental Specialists is directed by Professor Lars Sennerby who is one of the most experienced and accomplished dental implant surgeons in the world having placed more than 10,000 implants to date. He is one of the pioneers of modern implant dentistry, leading a team of qualified dentists encouraging patients to become part of the diagnostic and therapy process from day one of the treatment.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Natural teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes accidents happen. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used to treat patients for more than 50 years. They are a popular and cost-effective method to replace teeth because they are designed to integrate with your healthy teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium and other safe materials which are compatible with the human body. Treatment is considered more effective and predictable compared to bridges or crowns, which rely on the remaining teeth for support and can sometimes lead to the loss of healthy tooth material.
Dental implants substitute the root of the missing teeth and they act as a steady base for a replacement tooth, crown or a set of replacement teeth. As opposed to bridges, which can substitute only a few teeth, dental implants allow your dentist to replace securely more teeth in the jawbone with long-lasting results. Moreover, dental implants prevent jawbone shrinkage, which occurs when the tooth roots are lost, ensuring tooth-stabilisation.
Studies have shown that in the long term, implants are a more cost-effective and suitable option for the patient. They can provide long-term solutions for certain dental conditions and eventually pay for themselves over time. To understand the costs and benefits related to your own condition, please refer to your dentist.