Dental Implants Galway
Dental implants are rapidly becoming the preferred treatment for anyone seeking the optimal method of replacing missing teeth.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is surgically anchored into your jaw bone. Over several months the dental implant will fuse solidly with the surrounding jawbone where it will remain firmly in place and will hold a false tooth in place in the same way that roots support natural teeth.
Advantages of dental implants
Having replacement teeth fixed securely into your jawbone provides many advantages. They can:
– Eliminate the need for removable dentures altogether
– Eliminate the need to involve adjacent teeth in the construction of a bridge (thereby preserving valuable tooth tissue)
– Or where necessary, crowns, bridges and dentures can all be attached to dental implant to give the most natural, secure and long term solution for the replacement for missing teeth.
Are Implants safe? how long will they last?
Implants are a well-established, tried and tested treatment. 90 per cent of modern implants last for at least 15 years.
Can Implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
It depends on the state of the bone in your jaw.
Do Implants Hurt?
Placing the implants requires a small operation. This can be carried out under local anaesthetic with sedation or with a general anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week following the surgery.
How long does treatment take?
It takes about 12 months from the initial assessment to the time when the artificial teeth or dentures are finally attached to the implants. A lot depends on how complicated your treatment is.
Are the teeth difficult to clean?
Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth.
If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?
Yes, if you don’t clean them well enough. If you keep them clean and don’t smoke then you should not have any problems.
Do Implants show?
Your dentist will make sure that the implants won’t show during all normal movements of the mouth or lips.
What happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?
This happens very rarely. This is usually discovered at the second stage surgery when the implant is uncovered and the surgeon finds it has not bonded with the jaw bone and is loose. In this case, the “failed” implant has to be removed. In these cases the implant can easily be removed and the jaw will heal in the normal way. Once the jaw has healed, another implant can normally be placed there. Or in cases when multiple implants have been done, the dentist can make a bridge, using the other implanted false teeth that have “taken”.
For more information about how the team at Galway Dentists can restore your smile with dental implants, or to book your consultation, call (091) 58 22 22 or get in touch online today.