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Dental Implant Treatments
Do you have a missing tooth or missing teeth? Well you can be in no doubt that dental implants (also called tooth implants) are the next best thing to a real tooth by fusing with your jawbone and becoming a permanent part of you. As a result, they permanently restore your smile and your confidence, to its full glory. Our team at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick have the expertise and technology to deliver exceptional dental implant therapy. We are so confident that you will be happy to proceed with treatment that we offer a free, no-obligation first consultation worth €150. You can review our dental implant prices here.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium fixtures, placed into the jaw, that permanently replace one or more missing teeth, or act as an anchor for crowns, bridges or dentures. Implants mimic the way that your natural tooth roots secure your teeth to your gumline and the restoration placed on top is designed to look like your other teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
A long-lasting solution
Next best thing to a missing tooth
Improve your overall health
Maintain your facial structure and preserve your jaw
Avoid gum disease
Maintain the implants in the same way as natural teeth
A single missing tooth can have a huge impact on the structure of your face. Your skin can thus appear sunken and you may not be able to effectively break down your food. Sometimes your speech changes. A single tooth implant can rejuvenate your facial structure if it has begun to appear sunken.
Dental implants can also be a solution for multiple missing teeth and one implant can actually support more than a single replacement tooth, making it a more cost-effective option for patients who have lost multiple teeth.
If all of your teeth are missing, maybe you have suffered the inconvenience of dentures on a practical and social level. Many people with dentures can struggle with embarrassment and low self-confidence in social situations. The fact that dentures are a non-fixed solution can become a major psychological issue for people. What is known as ‘All-On-Four’ is suitable for patients with sufficiently healthy jawbone density to support the implants. Bone grafting is sometimes required to help build up enough bone to support the implants.
Frequently asked Questions
Here are some questions asked frequently by our patients at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick:
If you have lost several teeth or indeed all of your teeth, you may have experienced bone loss or resorption. If you do not have sufficient jawbone to support dental implants, bone grafting can be carried out in order to build up a sufficient amount of bone for them. You can read more about bone grafting here.
A sinus lift is necessary when your upper jaw has insufficient bone height or your sinuses are too close to your jaw for dental implant therapy to be carried out. Your mouth may not support dental implants as the bone is too thin. You can read about the sinus lift procedure here.
A tooth implant procedure can stretch over several months. The procedure is briefly as follows:
Bone Grafting: If there has been any bone loss due to the missing tooth or missing teeth, bone grafting will be carried out firstly. This is done by introducing bone into the required area. This acts as scaffolding, causing more bone to regenerate around it. It can take a few months for this to take place.
The Implant: The dental surgeon will first give a local anaesthetic and maybe also sedation. A small hole is then drilled into the bone under the gum and the titanium implant is screwed in. The gum is then stitched up. The implant mimics the root of the tooth and will hold the replacement tooth to be fitted. A few months are required for the bone to fuse around the implant and fix it firmly in place.
The Abutment: Once the bone and implant have fused, an abutment (the piece where the crown will eventually attach) is fitted to the implant which extends above the gum line. When the gum heals around the abutment, the new tooth can be fixed on.
The Crown: The new tooth or teeth are prepared by taking moulds of the existing teeth to get an idea of the size and shape of the crown(s). The colour of the crown(s) is/are also matched to the existing teeth.
You should brush your teeth regularly and care for your implants just as you would your natural teeth. Floss at least once a day and visit the dental hygienist twice per year. Avoid excess caffeine, red wine and tobacco. Hard foods such as boiled sweets can damage tooth implants and are best avoided.
The Consultation with Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick
We offer a free consultation at our Limerick clinic worth €150. There, you will be assessed to determine if you are suitable for implant treatment. Then, once a bespoke plan and costs have been agreed, our team can set to work. You can find a convenient contact form below with which to make an enquiry, or if you are ready, please call us at 061 480 070 for an appointment.