Since their first application in dentistry, dental implants have been helping patients of all ages to improve their health and quality of life. Unlike conventional tooth replacement options such as bridges and dentures, dental implants are attached to the jawbone, creating a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth.
In Edinburgh, dental implants are used for replacing one, several or all of a patient’s missing teeth. They are widely available in specialised dental practices, including Edinburgh Dental Specialists and they provide patients with long-lasting, natural restorations that are strong, easy to maintain, biologically compatible with the human body and aesthetically similar to the rest of the teeth.
What are dental implants?
To begin, dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically embedded into the jawbone. Surgery is necessary because the implant acts as the replacement root of the missing tooth and gradually fuses to the jawbone. Once the healing period has passed, each dental implant is topped with a replacement tooth, which is usually a porcelain crown. Dental implants in Edinburgh can also be used to support dentures or bridges.
How is oral health benefited by dental implants?
With dental implants, patients regain their ability to eat their favourite foods without limitation. They can also laugh again without feeling self-conscious or that something embarrassing will happen. By restoring facial aesthetics, patients are able to interact with other people just like they did when they had their natural teeth.
In addition to eating their favourite foods, patients whose teeth have been restored with dental implants can consume chewy, healthy foods and vegetables like apples or carrots, improving their diet and overall health.
Moreover, dental implants allow patients to speak more effectively without worrying about loose dentures. More importantly, dental implants prevent the deterioration of the jawbone, a process which is likely to happen after the loss of one or several missing teeth. Dental implants fill in the gaps in the jawbone, encourage the growth of new bone tissue and prevent the facial tissues from collapsing. Last but not least, dental implants reduce the risk of recurring gum disease and tooth decay by simplifying oral hygiene.