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. We are so confident that you will be happy to proceed with treatment that we offer a free, no-obligation first consultation worth €150.
Dental Implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.
A single tooth treatment is an excellent solution. 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.
Dental implants can also be used to replace several missing teeth. 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.
Are you feeling self-conscious because your dentures are loose-fitting, bulky and uncomfortable? 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?
If any of the above applies to you, then Click-tite Implants may be the perfect answer.
Click-tite Implants are a type of full overdenture that is supported by, or attached to dental implants. 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. 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? Do you dread them falling out when you speak? When was the last time you bit into a crunchy apple? Well if so, maybe the All-on-4 (also known as ‘Teeth in a Day’) Dental Implant treatment is exactly what you need to 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. 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.
Hundreds of thousands of people have benefitted from All-on-4 treatment and it’s backed by nearly 20 years of study and research.
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.
PRGF (protein rich growth factor) treatment creates a rich environment for improved bone regeneration and osteo-integration with the implant. 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. 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 Abutement: 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. We will then assess you to determine if you are suitable for implant treatment. Our team can set to work once a bespoke plan and costs have been agreed. 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.