Dental implants are normally the best way to replace teeth that are missing, or beyond repair. Made of titanium, they are inserted into the bone, and once in place they are used to provide a stable support onto which to mount replacement teeth.
Why replace missing teeth with a Dental Implant?
Not having all of your teeth can really dent your self-esteem and confidence. Tooth loss can also affect how well you chew, and what foods you are able to eat, as well as changing your bite (the way your teeth come together) which can lead to problems with your jaw.
Why choose a dental implant?
Implant supported teeth are the closest thing possible to natural teeth, providing a long-term solution to your dental problems, often lasting a lifetime. Just like natural teeth, they allow you to eat all the foods you like, and are easy to keep clean and floss. They can be placed without impacting other healthy teeth, unlike certain bridges. They are also fixed in place, and aesthetically are more pleasing than dentures.
What happens during dental implant surgery?
Under a local anaesthetic a small cut is made in the gum, and a titanium screw is placed inside the bone. It takes between 8 and 12 weeks for implants to fully integrate.
Once the implant is fully integrated, a mould is taken to create a custom-made abutment designed for your tooth, after which a crown is fitted to resemble your missing tooth.
Dental Implant – Step 1
Implants are used to replace the roots of missing teeth. They are a fixed solution to a single missing tooth or an entire jaw of missing teeth.
Dublin Dentist Dental Implant – Step 2
After an implant is placed into the jaw bone, it may either be restored almost immediately or it is allowed to heal for several months to become integrated within the bone. After healing, a post is attached to the implant using a screw.
Dublin Dentist Dental Implant – Step 3
A crown is then made to attach to the post. The crown is made using metal and/or porcelain and is made to closely replicate the shape and colour of the natural tooth. This diagram shows how the crown fits over the post.
Dublin Dentist Dental Implant – Step 4
The crown is screwed or cemented onto the post. Implant therapy usually takes a few months and several appointments to complete, however, the final restoration can be almost like having your own tooth back!
Dental Implants Treatment Gallery
If you feel that a dental implant is for you then contact us today at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge, in Dublin 4, for an appointment today.