At Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge, we believe you are entitled to a beautiful smile. If you have gaps in your teeth you would like to fix but you’re not keen on the idea of plastic dentures, we can offer you a more permanent solution in the form of dental implants. We believe dental implants are the best way to replace teeth that are missing or beyond repair.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a surgical screw that generally supports a dental crown or a bridge. They are made of titanium and inserted into your jaw bone, just like your other natural roots. Once in place, they can be used to provide stable support for replacement teeth.
Who Are Dental Implants For?
Dental implants are a great option for anyone with a missing tooth. However, you will have to visit your local dentist in Dublin D4 to find out if you are a good candidate. This will largely depend on the condition of your jaw bone. Tests will be carried out to make sure there is enough bone and that it is strong and healthy enough to support an implant. If your bone has weakened over the years, it may not be possible to place dental implants without first grafting bone to the area.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a great choice for a number of reasons:
- Lacking one or more teeth and having a clear gap in your smile can have a real toll on your self-esteem. Dental implants can help boost your confidence levels.
- Tooth loss can affect how you chew, as well as what foods you are able to eat. Gaps can even change your bite, which can lead to further problems with your jaw. Fixing these gaps with dental implants can solve these problems.
- Dental implant-supported teeth are the closest possible approximation of natural teeth — your friends and family won’t even be able to tell your fake teeth from your natural teeth.
- Dental implants are strong and long-lasting, representing a great investment.
- While you’ll need to take great care of your dental implants (as you do your natural teeth) to ward off infection, dental implants won’t get cavities.
- Dental implants enable natural speech and there’s no learning curve involved as there is with dentures.
- Dental implants are easy to care for.
Dental Implants Procedure
Our dental implant procedure here in Dublin D4 is simple and straightforward — we’ve laid out our process below, but if you are a nervous patient and you have any further questions, get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help you.
Dental Implant – Step 1
Under a local anaesthetic, a small cut is made in the gum and a titanium screw placed inside the bone. It takes between eight and twelve weeks for implants to fully integrate.
Dental Implant – Step 2
After healing, a post is attached to the implant using a screw.
Dental Implant – Step 3
A crown is made to attach to the post. The custom-made 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:
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.
Tooth Implants Treatment Gallery
Sedation Information For Nervous Patients
If you require a dental implant but you are a particularly nervous or anxious patient, don’t worry — we offer dental sedation services in the form of oral sedation or conscious (IV) sedation. These options are also a great choice for patients with a low pain threshold, those with sensitive teeth or people with a bad gag reflex.
Why Get Dental Implants with Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge?
As a leading dentist in Dublin D4, Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge is dedicated to excellence, quality and great service. For this reason, we only use either Nobel Biocare, Ankylos or Straumann implant systems — the world leaders in this industry. Unlike other dentists, we don’t use cheaper copycat systems to bring down the cost of treatment. These systems are prone to failure, so we can’t in good conscience endorse or supply them.
You should also know that at our practice, we offer CEREC one-visit dentistry. This means in just one visit, we can create your implant crowns in-house while you wait, and you can go home on the same day with a beautiful new smile.
Dental Implants Cost
So you’re sold on the virtues and value of dental implants — but how much are dental implants, exactly? Check out our table below for up-to-date prices:
|Dental Implants (20% tax relief available)|
|Crown Placement over Implant||€1,300|
|We only use either Nobel Biocare / Ankylos or Straumann implant systems, which are world leaders in this industry. We don’t use cheaper, copy systems as many dentists do to bring the cost down, as they are prone to failure.|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Dental Implants
How long will dental implants last?
Implants are extremely long-lasting, but in order to ensure their longevity, you will have to treat them and look after them well. We recommend you schedule regular visits to your local dentist, but as long as you brush and floss your teeth regularly, you can expect your dental implants to last for up to 25 years.
Can I have dental implants if I still have some of my natural teeth?
Yes — patients can have one tooth or a number of teeth replaced with dental implants.
Do dental implants hurt?
Dental implants are usually done using a simple anaesthetic, and placing a dental implant is often easier than extracting a tooth. At the time the implant is inserted, you won’t feel any pain. However, when the anaesthetic wears off, you might feel some discomfort for up to a week post-surgery.
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
This can vary from patient to patient, but your local dentist will give you a rough idea when treatment beings. You should know that teeth are usually fitted a few months after the implants are put in to give the implant time to mould to your bone.
How do I clean dental implants?
Cleaning your implants is no different from cleaning natural teeth. Though they are not susceptible to cavities, it’s important to clean your dental implants well twice a day to ensure you don’t get any oral infections. If you have any specific questions about cleaning your dental implants, you can discuss this further with one of our dental hygienists.
If you feel that a dental implant is for you, book a dental appointment today or call us on 01 668 3242 at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge, in Dublin, D4. Please visit our fees page to discover the cost of dental implants and our full range of available treatments.