Are dental implants for you?
The dental implant procedure allows dentists to provide you with a fixed prosthesis to replace a lost tooth. In the past this was an issue that could only be resolved by using a removable, partial denture. Replacing a missed tooth with an implant restores greater functionality and improved stability. The advantages are not just physical in nature though, thanks to the more natural looking aesthetic you will feel a positive psychological impact and increased confidence. The combined effect of these two areas makes for an altogether better quality of life for an implant patient.
The best way to replaced missing teeth has been proven in recent years, to be with a dental implant.
Jamie Maguire (MPhil BDS DipConSed CertImplant) is our resident implant expert. He has a fantastic academic background. He qualified at the Dental School and Hospital, N.U.I, Cork. Received honours in Restorative Dentistry, Paediatrics, Orthodontics, and Oral Surgery. Awards include the Colgate Prize for General Dentistry from Dental School and Hospital, N.U.I, Cork. He has experience from the Newcastle Dental Hospital in the fields of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Prosthodontics, Conservation, Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, Children’s Dental Health, and Sedation.
What are dental implants?
Dental Implants serve as replacement tooth roots. They are metal or titanium posts, or frames, and are surgically inserted into the jawbone for secure tooth replacement.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Implants provide a secure, durable and reliable tooth replacement option. In existence for more than 30 years and used all over the world, dental implants provide a sophisticated replacement solution for both fixed and removable appliances.
Patients benefit from a broad range of artificial tooth replacement options that can be securely supported by dental implants. Implants prevent bone resorption or shrinkage that occurs when teeth are lost. By supporting artificial tooth structure and strengthening existing teeth and bones, dental implants preserve oral health and facial expression.
What is the actual meaning of “fixed or removable false teeth”?
Fixed artificial teeth are securely anchored to one or more dental implants. Teeth restoration examples include dental crowns and bridges. Dental crowns are fixed to dental implants with screws, similar to how a natural tooth is attached to a tooth root. When consecutive teeth are missing, an artificial tooth replacement bridge is linked and securely inserted with screws into one or more dental implants.
Removable replacement teeth include dentures, which may be securely anchored to one or more dental implants. Using dental implants as an anchor provides greater stability for dentures, preventing slippage and movement in the mouth. Patients receive added benefits because implant-retained dentures are much like natural teeth, allowing for normal oral function.
For individuals who experience gagging or soreness from dentures, a full-jaw bridge may be a more comfortable solution. Full-jaw bridges are securely screwed into four or more dental implants providing greater comfort, stability and retention.
When are dental implants an appropriate treatment?
People with loose or missing teeth may be suitable candidates for implant treatment. Those with ill-fitting dentures may also benefit from dental implant-supports for artificial teeth. Dental implant treatment is provided to patients with healthy gum tissue and adequate jawbone capacity to support dental implant posts.
Dr Jamie Maguire, our Aesthetic and Implant Specialist, assesses patient gum health and bone structure for dental implant suitability. Should the existing jawbone be too narrow or weak, bone-grafting procedures may be needed to initially build up jaw volume to a sufficient capacity to house the dental implant(s).
If the jawbone is too close to the sinus cavity, a sinus lift procedure may need to be performed to provide space for implant insertion. Where there is too high a risk of nerve damage, dental implants may not be a suitable option for some patients.
How successful are dental implants?
Dental implants are an increasingly popular teeth replacement treatment of choice. Advanced implantology technology and techniques initially used in clinical trials contributes to a proven dental implant success rate of more than 95 percent.
How long do dental implants last?
Clinical trials dating back approximately 35 years indicate that dental implants, if properly fitted and maintained, potentially last in excess of 35 years. Research is progressing in the durability of dental implants, with constant improvements in implant technology and techniques.
What surgical procedures are involved in dental implants?
Treatment starts with initial cleaning and anaesthesia of the treatment site. A small incision is then made in the gum tissue and bone to house the dental implant. The implant post is inserted into the jawbone through the gum tissue, after which the gum tissue is stitched back into place.
If an incision is not necessary a punch technique may be used to remove gum from the upper gum crest, prior to insertion of the dental implant into the jawbone. Stitches are not necessary when using the punch technique. The dental implant post then fuses with the natural jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. After some months have passed and the implant-bone fusion is strong enough, an artificial tooth or teeth are fixed to the dental implant support.
What tooth restoration options are available?
Once the inserted dental implant post has fused with the existing jawbone and healed, the fixture or attachment of a tooth restoration follows. Dentists may first check the health of the implant-bone fusion site and implant position, before making dental impressions. The patient’s occlusion – how the upper and lower teeth bite together – is assessed for correct bite function.
Patients may choose from a variety of artificial teeth restoration options, such as crowns, bridges or dentures. These artificial teeth substitutes are easily fixed to dental implants with screws and bonding cement. The dentist explains these dental restoration options and will answer any questions you have about their design or function.
The chosen dental restoration is then custom-made to meet the patient’s oral dimensions and needs. After this the dentist fixes or screws the dental restoration to the dental implant for a secure and stable fit. Follow-up appointments are made so the dentist can check proper oral function and health once treatment is complete.
Ongoing dental implant maintenance checks and oral hygiene is necessary to maintain good oral health. This prevents infection and ensures durability of dental implants for lasting success. Dental implants allow patients to enjoy normal oral function, as with natural existing teeth, and preserve facial volume for a beautiful smile.
Are dental implants costly?
The cost of dental implants varies according to the number of implants required. Our prices for single tooth implants and implant-anchored dentures include:
- Implant Assessment Appointment (to assess the suitability of implants) FREE
- Consultation Fee ( study models, wax up & treatment plan) Fee €295
- Single Implant, Placed and Restored Fee €2,500
- Bone Grafting Fee from €550
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