Zirconia Implants

A fixed solution using biocompatible, metal-free zirconia roots placed into your jaw, to replace missing teeth.

Is this the right treatment for you?

Metal- free, natural dentistry to help you smile and eat better.

Dental implants are a game changer for people who have missing teeth.  By inserting zirconia metal-free roots into the jaw we can use these to anchor from one tooth all the way to a whole jaw of teeth

Good to know

This is a fixed solution which means that you don’t need to worry about movement whilst eating or taking them out last thing at night. Replacing teeth in this manner helps shore up the rest of your teeth - improving the life expectancy of your dentition. A major benefit is that adjacent teeth do not need to be cut to replace a tooth.

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You're in good hands

Implants are inserted into your jaw so it is important that your surgeon is experienced and uses the best materials. You will benefit from the finest Swiss-made Zirconia implants which are laser etched to create the strongest connection with your jaw bone.

Neeraj Puri

General Dentist with Special interest in Implant Dentistry

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Aimee Cramb

Implant Nurse and Coordinator

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The procedure
  • Information gathering - you may want to know the fee for the procedure from the very beginning. To be able to give you the most accurate advice we need to understand your particular requirements. The first step is a detailed assessment to understand the surrounding anatomy, planning  for safe implant dentistry examination to assess the defect that needs to be rebuilt. The surrounding condition of teeth which might also be failing. To ensure that you receive the best advice which will provide the most economical outcome.
  • If required, a 3D x-ray - called CT scan, to understand the 3 dimensional surrounding anatomy, planning  for safe implant dentistry.
  • Discussion of treatment options and fees, including non implant options
  • Written report to re-emphasize important points of discussion.
  • Ordering of lab work to facilitate treatment, if required.
  • Implant treatment, consent forms and post operative advice to ensure you are comfortable with treatment. Surgeons personal number if any advice needed.
  • Implant placement treatment
  • Stitches removal if necessary, 2 weeks later.
  • Following implant bedding time exposure of implant top. Usually this is a second operation but in our clinic this is a minor procedure using a laser. We ascertain if the bone has grown around the implant.
  • Placement of the custom made and metal-free tooth, bridge or denture.

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What our clients say

I would really recommend Integrated Dentalcare as the place to go for an exceptional level of dental care.  Neeraj, Paulina and his team are very committed, friendly and caring with an attention for detail and approach that incorporates the health of the teeth as being connected to the whole body. 

I had my Silver /Mercury Amalgams removed at the practice in 2011 by Hugh, which led to a huge improvement in my overall health and energy levels.  I had one root-canalled tooth extracted this year in 2020;  something I had put off having done for over 20 years, having been phobic due to childhood dentistry experiences. 

I didn't feel a thing, the process was very relaxing which was due to the fact that all the staff there put me at ease in the run up to treatment and on the day itself.  I felt I was in very safe hands.  I only wished I had done it years earlier. 

Since then my health has just improved in leaps and bounds - my sugar intolerance that I had since becoming pregnant 8 years ago, disappeared within a few days of having the tooth removed.  The pain in my hip went, and the floaters in my eyes vanished.  Clearly the infected tooth had been causing low-level chronic inflammation all along.

I am looking forward to getting a new Zirconia implant in the New Year from the best dentist in Edinburgh..

Kathy Ingham

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Your questions answered

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Are all implants the same quality?

No not all implants are the same quality just like not all cars are the same quality. Remember that this is something that will be inserted into your jaw and so it makes sense to aim for the best possible.

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Why are zirconia implant treatments so expensive?

When you commit to this treatment you want the result to be predictable and last for a long time. To achieve this you want the best materials possible as well as experienced dentists who can offer a number of different implant solutions, tailored to your needs. Not all implants and graft materials are the same quality. If you want completely metal free then even the drills that make the space for the implants are metal free.

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How often should I visit a hygienist following my implant treatment?

It is recommended that you visit the hygienist every 3months. Professional care and advice will allow a proactive approach to any potential issues to be resolved before they become big issues.

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Can gum disease affect implants?

Yes you can have implants. Gum disease affects the bone and tissues around teeth resulting in the teeth being lost. The same can happen with implants. You are unlikely to feel pain until most of the bone has been lost. If you regularly visit the hygienist and are fastidious about your cleaning then this is unlikely to happen.

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Do I have to clean around implants?

Your cleaning has to be exemplary. Your hygienist will help you to achieve the best cleaning regime. Implants don’t decay like natural teeth but the bone can still become infected.

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Do implants last for life?

It is very rare for the implant to fail. It is usually the bone around the implant which disintegrates. This can happen due to poor hygiene, general disease, fracture due to too much force.

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Can implants and grafting be done simultaneously?

In circumstances where there is enough bone to grip an implant the grafting be done at the same time as placing the implant. The obvious benefit is the reduction in healing time. However, this may need to be balanced with a slight increase in failures. There are various parameters to consider : your general and dental health, the extent of treatment required and the medications that you are taking will all impact the success rate of the treatment.

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What is a sinus graft?

When we are replacing missing teeth in the back of the upper jaw we may find that the sinus (the natural hole in the upper jaw) has expanded as the teeth have been lost. Consequently, the height of bone available is insufficient to place an implant(s). We can address this by lifting the lining in the floor of the hole so as to create space to place a graft. This can take between 6-12 months to regrow the lost bone. If there is about 3-4mm of bone height available then with current techniques it is possible to lift the sinus at the same time as placing the implant. Another option is to use very short implants which avoids the need to lift the sinus. However, a 6mm implant is the minimum length which has been shown to predictably work.

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Will I need antibiotics?

The mouth is full of bacteria and consequently we commonly prescribe antibiotics to mitigate the risk against infection.

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What pain medication would you recommend?

Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen (provided you are not asthmatic) are effective. Paractomol is also commonly used.

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What can I do to help the healing process?

By following a strict regime of a soft diet; anything that you can squish easily between your fingers is acceptable. It is sensible to avoid eating on the surgical site. Brushing on the side of the surgery and mouth rinsing should be avoided as this risks dislodging the stitches. For the first two days it is advisable to stick to a cold diet to minimise bruising.

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Is there any reasons why you can’t have dental implants?

If you suffer illnesses that require immunosuppressant drugs, long term steroids, intravenous bisphosphonates then you have a higher risk of implant failure. Relative risks are also smokers, diabetes, gum disease and bleeding disorders.

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Will it be sore?

The procedures are provided under local anaesthetic to ensure you are comfortable. We put great emphasis on gentle touch dentistry to ensure that you have positive experiences with predictable healing. Following the treatment most people report uneventful healing. Whilst others might experience bruising, swelling and discomfort. This is very much dependent on the individual person’s pain threshold, their tendency to bruise and the extent of the procedure that has to be provided to address the issues. The majority of times this can be managed by normal headache painkillers.

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What should I look for when choosing an implant dentist?

Just like everything in life experience is important. You may want to know how long the surgeon has been placing implants; what their success rate is; can you speak with one of their clients who has undergone a similar treatment to discuss their experience; what do their clients say about them.

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What does bone grafting entail?

Graft bone is usually derived from another source. The graft bone options are human, cow, pig or artificial. Depending on the size of the defect the graft bone may be mixed with small scraping of your jaw bone to feed it with your hormones. This mixture is placed at the bone defect site and is then covered with a membrane which allows the bone to regenerate without disturbance from the skin or outside. If it is a large defect then a titanium or gortex reinforced membrane may be required to provide the support to help the mixture maintain its shape whilst it converts into your bone.

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From start to finish how long does it take?

This is dependent on the extent of treatment that is required. If all the bone is present then it will take between 3-4 months to have the tooth back depending on the position of the missing tooth. For zirconia implants, we use a special device which measures how strongly the bone has connected with the implant. This allows us to determine when we can put pressure on the bone with a tooth on top. If you have bone missing at the site where you want an implant, you will need to consider a bone grafting procedure. This may add between 4 -12 months bone regeneration time to the procedure.

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Are zirconia implants safe?

Zirconia implants have the major benefit that all the materials used are completely metal free. This even includes the instruments that are used to prepare your jaw so that the implants can be placed. Zirconia implants have been around for over ten years and many thousands are placed every year. It is extremely rare to have an allergy to this material as it is completely. You can be tested for metal allergy if you are considering zirconia as an option.

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Zirconia Implants in Edinburgh

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0131 225 9093

1 Manor Place Edinburgh EH3 7DH