Dental implants have been around for several decades now and continue to be the gold standard in tooth replacement treatment. But what makes them so special? We discuss what dental implants are made from, how implants can benefit you, and the type of implants treatment we can offer here at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic.
What are dental implants made from?
Titanium has been used to make implants since 1950, when findings proved that implants made from this metal could allow the bone to grow successfully. Since the time of its discovery, titanium has continued to be the most popular material from which to make dental implants. Once it’s placed and the connection between the implant and the jawbone is fortified, implants can provide patients with a fixed and potentially permanent solution to missing teeth.
With this in mind, it’s no wonder that tooth implants are loved by both dentists and patients alike.
Single tooth implant
Single dental implants can be a permanent solution for replacing individual missing teeth, if they are well cared for post-treatment.
Your dental implant will be placed into your jawbone and heals for a period of around 3-6 months before a bespoke crown is screwed in over the top, providing the functional and aesthetic elements of a tooth. The implant itself takes up the role of a tooth root, providing a solid foundation of stability that your jawbone requires to stay healthy and capable of upholding your face’s structure and shape.
With single tooth implants treatment, you can:
Eat properly again: one or two missing teeth are enough to upset how the chewing forces in your mouth are distributed. Replacing missing teeth (particularly back teeth like molars) can significantly improve your chewing function, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a diversity of foods.
Have a full smile again: losing a tooth or teeth that are visible when you smile can have serious repercussions on your emotional wellbeing. Many patients are surprised at how their confidence is transformed once they’ve had dental implants treatment to replace these teeth.
Look after it as you would a real tooth: unlike removable treatments such as dentures, single implants don’t require any special care. When you brush and floss, you can simply just treat the crown over the top like any other tooth in your mouth.
Opt for sedation: we offer 3 different types of sedation for patients who struggle with dental phobia. Sedation is an amazing tool to have at our disposal, as it can completely relax anxious patients, who might otherwise avoid treatment altogether. We offer sedation for all our tooth implant treatments.
Read more about single dental implants here.
‘’Teeth in a Day’’ implants
Yes, you read it correctly. There really is a dental implant treatment called ‘Teeth in a Day’ that does what it says on the tin. Teeth in a Day can provide you with new teeth in a single appointment.
Also called ‘All-on-4’’, Teeth in a Day treatment uses a small number of implants (this can vary between 4-6 depending on the patient’s jawbone health and mouth anatomy) to secure a full arch of teeth in place.
With Teeth in a Day treatment, you can:
Have a new set of teeth in just one appointment: we’re able to place a set of temporary teeth during appointment number 2 (after your consultation appointment) whilst you wait for the implants to heal and your permanent teeth to be made by our dental technician.
Benefit from a better quality of life: Teeth in a Day treatment can bring about a rapid improvement in quality of life for patients who have been living with failing or missing teeth and for patients who have dentures that no longer fit.
Walk out with a new smile after one appointment: whilst you wait for your jaw to heal after implant placement surgery, we can give you a set of temporary teeth to wear, so you won’t have to be without your smile at any stage during the treatment journey. Should we need to remove failing teeth, we will need to wait for the area to heal before your implants are placed, but don’t worry – it’s also possible to provide you with temporary teeth in this scenario.
Read more about All-on-4 Teeth in a Day at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic, here.
What brand of dental implants do you use at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic?
We believe in using only the best products at the practice, and this extends to our dental implants. Our patients receive Straumann implants, which have been around since 1954. Since then, they’ve developed and engineered implants that have an exceptionally high success rate of 95% after 10 years.
In partnering with Swiss brand Straumann, we’re proud to embrace and share in their values of precision and quality. Like Straumann, here at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic we’re also continuously developing our skills and upgrading our technology, so that we can offer the people of Limerick, Roscrea, Blackrock and Castletroy the very best tooth implant treatments.
Dental implants in Limerick
As well as treating and supporting the community here in Limerick with their dental concerns, patients can also visit us at our practices in Blackrock, Castletroy and Roscrea.
Dental implant prices at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic
Here at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic, we believe in full transparency on fees. When you come in for your dental implants consultation and we gather the necessary information we need to plan your treatment, you’ll be provided with a full breakdown of the costs involved and be given the opportunity to review and approve your treatment plan.
To see our dental implant prices, please click here.
Contact us to book in your dental implant consultation with us at Shields. We very much look forward to seeing you.