Do you have a missing tooth or missing teeth? Well, 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 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 excellent dental implant therapy. Also, we are so confident that you will be happy to proceed with treatment that we offer a free, no-obligation first consultation worth €150.
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.
As a result, dental implants fuse to your jawbone and therefore they provide a stable support for an artificial tooth, unlike with dentures.
Furthermore, implants mimic the way that your natural tooth roots secure your teeth to your gumline and the crown which is placed on top is designed to look like your other teeth.
Therefore, nobody will know that you have implants, they will look totally natural and will make you smile with confidence!
Dental Implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.
Firstly, a single tooth treatment is an excellent solution because it looks and feels like a natural tooth and it fills out the face to its natural appearance. It also prevents the tendency of neighbouring teeth to shift to fill the gap left by the missing tooth.
Secondly, dental implants can be used to replace several missing teeth. One implant can also support more than a single replacement tooth, making it a more cost-effective option for patients who have lost multiple teeth.
Are you feeling self-conscious because your dentures are loose-fitting, bulky and uncomfortable? Also, do you have difficulty speaking and eating, or are you afraid that your dentures will fall out of your mouth? Or are you in a position where you may need dentures and are looking at possible alternatives?
In short, if any of the above applies to you, then Click-tite Implants may be the perfect answer.
Click-tite Implants are thus a type of full overdenture that is supported by, or attached to dental implants. Whereas a regular denture just rests on the gums and tends to fit less firmly, an implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants and provide a better hold to the overdentures.
With Click-tite Implants, dentures (specially-made for you) are anchored to dental implants and they click into place. Subsequently, your Click-tite Implants are very secure in your mouth but can be easily removed for cleaning and at night.
Do you have dentures that cause you trouble and discomfort instead of much needed support? Also, do you dread them falling out when you speak? Or when was the last time you bit into a crunchy apple?
To clarify, if any of these sound familiar, maybe the All-on-4 (also known as ‘Teeth in a Day’) Dental Implant treatment is exactly what you need. It may give you back the confidence and comfort that you once had.
All-on-4 is a proven dental implant solution designed specially for people with toothless jaws or poor quality of teeth. Furthermore, using between four and six dental implants to secure a natural looking restoration, the All-on-4 treatment provides a fixed, functional and stable set of provisional teeth in just one day.
To sum up, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have benefitted from All-on-4 treatment and it is backed by nearly 20 years of study and research.
Firstly, if you have lost several teeth or indeed all of your teeth, you may have experienced bone loss or resorption. If you therefore 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.
In addition, a treatment called PRGF (protein rich growth factor) treatment creates a rich environment for improved bone regeneration and osteo-integration with the implant. Be aware though that you may have to wait several months for bone grafting to create new, strong bone to accept an implant.
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. Subsequently, your mouth may not support dental implants as the bone is too thin. You can read further about the sinus lift procedure here.
Firstly, a dental implant (also called ‘tooth implant’) procedure can stretch over several months. Secondly, the procedure is as follows:
If there has been any bone loss due to the missing tooth or missing teeth, bone grafting will be firstly carried out. This is done by introducing bone into the required area. The resulting bone acts as a scaffolding, thus causing more bone to regenerate around it. Also, it can take a few months for this to take place.
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 resulting implant mimics the root of the tooth and will hold the replacement tooth to be fitted. Lastly, a few months are required for the bone to fuse around the implant and fix it firmly in place.
Once the bone and implant have fused, an abutment (the piece where the crown will eventually attach) is then fitted to the implant which extends above the gum line. Finally, when the gum heals around the abutment, the new tooth can be fixed on.
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.
The required aftercare involves brushing your teeth regularly and caring for your implants just as you would your natural teeth. Also, floss at least once a day and visit the dental hygienist twice per year. In addition, avoid excess caffeine, red wine and tobacco. Most importantly, hard foods such as boiled sweets can damage tooth implants and are best avoided.
The short answer is Yes. However, this pain is usually easy to control with the use of local anaesthetic, antibiotics and pain killers. In the end, mild discomfort is what most people experience. However, the level of discomfort is highly subjective and depends on your overall health. The bottom line is that you should expect some pain. If your pain continues for longer than two weeks then it is time to seek further medical help.
The Consultation with Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick
Firstly, we offer a free consultation at our Limerick clinic worth €150. During this, we will assess you to determine if you are suitable for implant treatment. Following this, our team can set to work once a bespoke plan and costs have been agreed. Finally, you can find a convenient contact form below with which to make an enquiry, or please call us at 061 480 070 for an appointment.