The Best of Both Ways to Replace Missing Teeth

a man missing a toothTeeth play a vital role in well-being. It is only when they start to fail and fall out that people realise just how dependent the entire body is on having good teeth to chew nutritious food. People who have lost more than one or two neighbouring teeth quickly discover they can no longer eat such a wide range of foods, and have to cut out crunchy, chewy foods, which, unfortunately, contain the most nutrients. This difficulty in eating is one reason why people who have lost a good few teeth often have the rest removed, so that they can make way for the benefits of dentures in Edinburgh.

In Edinburgh, dentures are only 50% of the story for teeth replacement, the top 50%. That’s because dentures are only replacement crowns and gums. They do not replace the root, but rely on suction to the gum for stability. Over time, dentures become loose, once again making it hard to eat enough of the right foods to be well-nourished. However, in Edinburgh, dentures at dentists such as Edinburgh Dental Specialists can come with stability built into the patient’s jawbone in the form of dental implants.

How It Works

Patients usually receive between two and six mini dental implants in the upper and lower jawbones. The upper jawbone has more implants because it has to hold the dentures in place against the force of gravity. The implants are inserted through the gum by an implant surgeon, under local anaesthetic. Nervous patients may also receive sedation.

Although it takes a few weeks for the implants to fuse with the jawbone, the patient wears temporary dentures while their new dentures are being made. They will be as lifelike as possible and may even be copied from photographs, or impressions of their teeth, they had stored away just for this moment.

When the patient returns to the clinic, special fixtures are attached to the implants, which the dentures are then fixed onto. The dentures can either be permanent or removable for cleaning, like traditional dentures in Edinburgh. Either way, the patient gets the full function of their mouth back and the implants should keep it that way for the rest of their life.