07 Aug Dental Implants in Edinburgh, Your Questions Answered
Am I a suitable candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are an ideal solution for anyone missing one or more teeth due to trauma, decay or gum disease. You will need to be in good health, preferably a non-smoker, and your other teeth must be free from decay or gum disease. At Stafford Street Dental Care in the city centre of Edinburgh, we will discuss your individual clinical situation in detail before any treatment.
Why should I have a dental implant?
Missing teeth not only create a gap in your smile, they can also impair your chewing function, so you may not be able to eat a complete diet. Another consequence of missing teeth is bone loss. Your jawbone needs the chewing action of teeth to stimulate it and keep it strong. Where teeth are missing, your jawbone may begin to deteriorate. Dental implants can help to prevent this bone loss.
Are dental implants an alternative to root canal treatment?
Dental implants can be a prudent alternative to root canal treatment where the tooth is of poor prognosis, since implants are not susceptible to decay and almost never break. Root treated teeth, by contrast, can sometimes be very broken down and difficult to repair.
How much pain will I experience?
You should have no pain during your dental implant treatment as you will be treated under a profound local anaesthetic. After the dental implants have been placed, you may experience mild discomfort for a few days, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief.
How long does the treatment take?
A single dental implant can be fitted in less than an hour, under local anaesthetic. The dental implant then takes from 8 to 12 weeks to heal with the bone, during which time we can fit a temporary tooth or bridge to fill the gap. Once the dental implant has integrated, your crown, bridge or implant denture can be fitted. Sometimes implants can be restored immediately after placement. If you have poor-quality bone or require bone-grafting procedures, the overall process can take longer. We will advise you on the best surgical procedure for your circumstances.
How do I maintain the dental implant once fitted?
Like teeth, dental implants need to be kept clean and free from plaque, so thorough brushing and good oral hygiene is essential. With support from our oral health team, you can expect your implants to last a lifetime. However, if you are a smoker, the lifespan of your implants may be reduced.
How much will dental implants cost?
Prices start from £2,500 for a single tooth dental implant and from £3,960 for a full dental arch replacement at our Dental Implant Clinic in the city centre of Edinburgh.
About Willie Jack
Our implant dentist in Edinburgh, Dr Willie Jack, has been placing dental implants for over twenty years; since 1992 he has now placed & restored over 3,500 dental implants. He now places & restores the Swiss-made Straumann® Dental Implant System (for whom he lectures to other dentists across the UK) and during the last five years his success rate is over 98% Willie and the implant team brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to our dental practice.
Our first priority is to listen to you. We need to find out what you want for your dental health and appearance so that we can plan the treatment that suits you best to achieve your ideal, healthy smile.
Straumann® have developed new dental implants which use innovative materials resulting in narrower or shorter implants, reducing the treatment time required and increasing options for patients who might not have been able to have dental implants previously.
“Dental Implants can be a life-changing treatment – many patients find their confidence and dignity is restored and their ‘dental comfort’ significantly improved.”
If you want to find out whether dental implants are a suitable treatment for you, please call Stafford Street Dental Care in Edinburgh to arrange an appointment at our Edinburgh Dental Implant Clinic on 0131 225 7576 or email direct firstname.lastname@example.org
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