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Below are some of the questions we get asked most about Dental Impants and the Dental Implant Process. If you cant find the answer you are looking for do feel free to give us a call on 016 315228.

On your initial consultation the doctor will discuss your medical history with you. Generally speaking if someone is fit and healthy, or has a disease that is under control. e.g. controlled diabetes or controlled high blood pressure, then they could more than likely be a good candidate for implant treatment.

No, the implants are made from commercially pure titanium. This is a material that is compatible with the body and is used in hip or knee transplants. Implant surgeries where the body can “reject” are transplants of vital organs such as the heart or lungs, which come from another donor and there are issues such as blood groups etc. Obviously, there are some dental implants that have not been successful. However, success has more to do with proper patient selection, proficiency of the practitioner, and the patient’s commitment to proper hygiene and preventive maintenance. Another factor in the success of the implant involves regular follow-up care, just like any other dental treatment. Both soft tissue health and the way the replacement teeth function and bite together must be evaluated periodically to ensure long term success of the dental implant.

Dental Implants should last along as your own teeth will last you. The implants should last as long as you take good care of them and your dental health is stable. However, there are sometimes factors beyond the control of the surgeon such as improper nutritional needs being met, improper hygiene, genetics and systemic disease processes which might occur. These may cause periodontal disease to ensue and the implant(s) to fail.

No, they do not require anymore special care than your own natural teeth. You must clean thoroughly around implants with interproximal aids such as floss and TePes, and see the hygienist regularly to take care of them, just as you would with the rest of your teeth. More teeth and implants are lost as a result of gum disease than any other single cause. This is a completely preventative disease in the majority of cases.

A single straight forward implant can take about 30 mins to place, however we allow 2 hours for such a procedure. In experienced hands as long as the treatment is carefully and precisely planned the actually surgery can be executed fairly quickly. If there are a number of implants to be placed the treatment may take a few hours. We can offer you sedation to make the procedure easier for you, but generally if you can manage a filling appointment, you can manage an implant placement. Most patients report the extraction is the worst part of the procedure. Anesthesia during the surgery will make the placement procedure completely pain-free.

This varies from case to case, however you should allow yourself approximately 3-9 months from start to finish. In many cases we can immediately restore the implant but this does vary on the level of stability that is achieved when the implant is placed. AT NO TIME will you be left without teeth if you wish. We can provide you with a removable denture or a bridge to aid this.

NO WAY! There is over 40 years of research supporting endosseous implants. They are far from “experimental”. Implants are the most thoroughly researched procedure in the history of dentistry and, while no procedure is 100% successful, the current technology has resulted in very high success rates in the hands of well-trained and experienced clinicians.

No, for one implant we charge €1850 from start to finish. If carefully maintained, this can last you over 20 years, maybe even longer. This equates to about €5 a month. We feel this is more than reasonable for a life changing experience brought to you through such a high standard of care. Obviously this is when a procedure is very straightforward and does not include if you need to have a 3D CT Scan (which is €150), or need any bone graft material (which is €250).

It is unlikely that your medical insurance will cover much of the implant work required, but if you let us know during your consultation we can discuss this with you.

Yes, absolutely. However, the mouth and bone needs to be clear of infection, and there needs to be an adequate amount of bone. If not, we will allow the socket to heal and place the implant at a later date

No. You may wish to leave it for a week or so after the implant placement to let things settle, but after that you are free to come and go. We will schedule your appointments around your social diary.

The gums and underlying bone will shrink back from the pressure of a denture sitting on them, implants can help maintain this bone, and prevent further shrinkage as well as stabilizing the denture.

More than likely - Yes! This is the wonderful advantage of implants, they are stand alone and don’t damage the adjacent teeth. Sometimes we have heard people say that a dentist has recommended a bridge over an implant, often this is because the dentist is not trained in placing implants and doesn’t want to refer it out. However, if a bridge is suitable, we will only do what is right by our patients.

Strictly speaking yes, because you don’t need to be on a specialist list. So someone may have gone and done a quickfire weekend course in an airport hotel in placing implants. Actually this procedure is extremely technically demanding. All of our implantologists are highly trained to Masters or diploma level, and they have years of experience behind them.

No, this type of design is fraught with problems as the implant is fixed to the bone but a tooth has a small amount of mobility. Because of this an implant and tooth fused together can potentiate early loss of the tooth.

Yes, as long as the front teeth are in good condition there is no reason why the back teeth only cannot be replaced. You will see examples of this on our gallery.

Tradition seems to say that someday we will lose our teeth and then succumb to the inevitable denture. Today the reality is that we can essentially keep all of our teeth throughout our lives... But what about those, such as yourself, who have either already lost some or all of their teeth or are about to? Dental implants could be the answer. We can replace single teeth, several teeth in a section of the jaw, or entire arches of teeth. Some people are more prone to tooth decay and or periodontal disease, they are more likely to lose teeth than others are. If you make every effort to save your teeth, you should never need to wear dentures! If you do lose one or more teeth, implants may be a good option to prevent the need for dentures.

Yes, where there is loss of jawbone, this can be replaced by bone grafting before placing implants. However, nowadays there is more and more evidence showing fantastic long term results with shorter implants so we can often avoid grafting procedures.

A common complaint is having to constantly add adhesives to secure dentures, especially after drinking a cup of coffee or eating a meal. This can really be a nuisance when eating out at a restaurant and having to excuse yourself from the table to go to the rest room because your dentures won’t stay in. Laughing, sneezing and coughing can also cause trouble for people who depend on adhesives to hold their teeth in place. It may be funny to see another person have a denture fall out, but it is not funny to the person who has to deal with these embarrassing situations on a daily basis. Denture wearers with problems such as these are not alone.

Absolutely. Your situation is a common one. The full lower denture is the most unstable prosthesis fabricated in dental practices. During chewing, the average lower denture moves five times more than an upper denture. The person with advanced bone loss has additional problems of poor muscle coordination, speech difficulties, and inability to keep the denture in place, all of which adversely influence a normal lifestyle. Dental implants can be the solution to all of these problems. Even in cases where a lot of bone loss has occurred there still is a good chance something can be done. In most cases, a thorough oral exam and a panoramic x-ray is all that is needed to determine if you are a good candidate for implants.

It is not necessary to have an implant for every tooth that is being replaced. The number of implants necessary to provide support depends on the type of implants used and the type of teeth (removable vs. non- removable) that will be attached to the implants. For example in this case, if you’re a good candidate for endosseous (in-the-bone) implants, you may require between 2-8 implants, depending on the technique used to support a full compliment of lower teeth. A thorough oral exam and panoramic x-ray is all that is necessary in most cases, to determine which implant can be used and how many must be used. Sometimes additional x-rays or CT scans are used in more complicated cases.

It is possible to replace an entire arch of teeth with non-removable teeth supported by dental implants. Each individual presents a different combination of factors and these factors will determine which type of implant will be best suited for them. The end result is the elimination of the denture as we now know it. The ability to function socially and eat properly is the driving force behind the development of dental implants. These procedures will provide you with stable teeth, in many cases, for the first time in years. A removable denture can be retained and supported by several implants joined by a bar or the missing teeth can be restored with fixed or removable bridges anchored to 5 to 8 implants. Implants are a viable and functional way to help improve one’s quality of life and health.

Probably. Upper dentures cover the roof of the mouth and go back to the soft palate to get support and “seal” so they will stay in place. Unfortunately, this results in covering up the palate and many taste buds. By using implants to anchor or support an upper prosthesis (either removable or nor-removable replacement teeth), the roof of the mouth can be left uncovered so one won’t gag, and can feel the texture, temperature, and taste of foods and beverages much better.

What will dental implants give me?

  • Increased confidence
  • Attractive, youthful smile
  • Ability to taste food again
  • Increased Health
  • Look amazing
  • Feel great

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A dental implant is essentially like a tooth root but made out of titanium, one of the hardest metals, and is placed into the area where the tooth would be.

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