Dental Implants


With more than twenty years of experience in dental implant surgery, Eilertsen Dental Care is one of the leading centres for dental implant placement and reconstruction in Scotland.  Dr Eilertsen places implants on a daily basis and he has placed more than two thousand implants.  
Dr Jennifer Eilertsen is currently in the final stages of the pretigious Diploma of Implant dentistry with the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  This is the gold standard qualification within this field.  In order to undertake this qualification, the practice, equipment and staff have to go through a rigorous assessment and inspection by the Royal College.  We keep up to date with the latest techniques and aim to provide you with the highest quality of evidence based dentistry possible.

Who can have dental implants?

Any normal healthy adult is suitable for dental implants.  Some things that may stop us being able to place are:
1. Medical problems that impair your healing
2. Medical problems with your bone.
3. Infection in your gums.
4. Smoking.  This is not an absolute no but it is not advisable.  It impairs the healing and thus we do everything to try and persuade you to stop smoking to try and give the healing process the best chance.  

How long will Dental Implants last?

Implants can last a lifetime if they are carefully looked after. Our team are experienced in all aspects of implant aftercare.  Once your dental implants are placed we will monitor the implants carefully after surgery. You will recieve an individually tailored hygiene plan to ensure you know how to take care of your new teeth at home.

Does Implant treatment hurt?

Usually implant treatment is no more painful than having a tooth extracted. Often we place implants using a surgical guide that we can create from your CT cone beam scan. This enables us to place implants through a small punch hole like keyhole surgery this means that the treatment is virtually painless.

What are implants used for?

Dental Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth without the need to compromise the adjacent tooth or wear a denture.
They can be used like a bridge when more than one tooth is absent.
They can also be used to stabilise denture much like a 'press stud' on a jacket.

Can I get the implants placed on the same day as extraction?

We are now working with a new system which often enables us to place the implants directly in the socket where your own tooth was sitting.  It does depend on which tooth is causing the problem and how badly infected the tooth was.  
If you are suitable for this treatment it does have some advantages including only needing one surgery and it making the best use of your existing bone before it resorbs.

Should I get my own dentist to take out the tooth before I discuss implants with you?

It is probably best to let us see you as early as possible if you are considering implants.  If we are extracting prior to an implant, the tooth needs to be removed as delicately as possible to make sure your own bone is retained.  If your dentist is experienced at removing teeth prior to implants then that is great but if not it may be preferable to have the tooth removed at our surgery aswell as the implant placement.

I am nervous about having treatment can I have sedation?

Dr Eilert Eilertsen has been using intravenous sedation since 1976 and Dr Jennifer Eilertsen has completed a PG Certificate in Sedation from the Eastman institute in London.  We are well equiped to carry out sedation and routinely recommend it for implant procedures or other larger treatments. It allows you to relax whilst the treatment is done. Sedation makes you feel very at ease during the treatment and the time will past extremely quickly. It is an easy way of having treatment completed and many patients opt for sedation.

What are implants made from?

Implants are made from titianium. Bone has a natureal affinity for titanium which enables it to grow around the implant effectively becoming part of your bone.

Can all dentists place Implants?

The General Dental Council allows any dentist that has suitable training to carry out implant treatment. But we know that inexperience operators have have high failure rates. Dr Eilertsen did his frist implant training in 1994 and in the last twenty years has placed thousands of implants. He is one of the most experienced and accoumplished implantologists in Scotland. He is a mentor for other dentists wishing to acquire implant skills. Dr Eilertsen places implants for many dentists in the Highland region.  Dr Jennifer Eilertsen also places implants and is currently finishing the prestigious Diploma in Implant Dentistry with the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  The current gold standard qualification in the implant field of dentistry.

Is there a guarentee?

If an implant should fail to integrate initally we will replace it free of charge. The only exception to this is in smokers.

Contact Eilertsen Dental Care today for a consultation.