For anyone seeking the optimal method of replacing missing teeth we suggest Dental Implants as they are rapidly becoming the preferred treatment by our patients.
Missing teeth can have a dramatically negative effect on the appearance of a smile. Implants are a state of the art treatment option which creates an excellent cosmetic result in replacing missing teeth. Unlike conventional bridgework, implants can provide tooth replacement without the need to cut down adjacent teeth. They also have the added advantage of preserving and maintaining bone in the area around the implant.
This procedure involves replacing the root portion of a missing tooth with a dental implant which is then used as an anchor for a new tooth. The final restoration or crown is placed three to six months after the initial implant surgery. Implants are no more difficult to clean than natural teeth. They are decay resistent and provide a natural healthy appearance.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth. They can even be used if there are no teeth present. Unfortunately, not all situations are suitable for implants but Dr. Rashid will discuss all treatment options available.
Implants are a great option for patients who are unhappy with their dentures. Over time, bone will be lost where there are no teeth and the gums will shrink. The less bone you have, the less likely the denture will be tight. Therefore, over time, dentures will become more difficult to wear which can cause discomfort and embarrassment. Loose and uncomfortable dentures can be a thing of the past with implant retained dentures. You can make a loose denture more secure or get rid of dentures completely. There is also no age limit to having implants.
Implants have been used successfully for over forty years in dentistry and have been constantly improving. They now have an extremely high chance of success and can provide a lifetime of comfort. If you would like to chew and smile with confidence, implants may be the answer for you.
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
- Dental-implant-supported teeth have nearly the full chewing power of natural teeth.
- Implant-supported teeth do not require the grinding down and weakening of adjacent teeth, as is necessary when placing a dental bridge.
- Dental implants and the restorations they support look and function just like natural teeth. Patients can’t usually tell the difference between a natural tooth and a tooth supported by a dental implant.
- Dental implants prevent bone loss that normally occurs underneath missing teeth. By preserving bone, the stability of adjacent, natural teeth is maintained and so is the size and shape of your jaw.
- Implant-supported crowns fill the gap left by your missing tooth and prevent bacterial accumulation that could lead to infection and gum disease.
- Implant-supported teeth keep adjacent teeth stable and prevent them from shifting position and compromising the alignment of your bite.
- Dental-implant-supported dentures remain firmly in place, need no adhesives, and provide enhanced chewing power.
Are Dental Implants safe and how long will they last?
Implants are a well-established, tried and tested treatment. 90% of modern implants last for at least 15 years.
Can Dental Implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
It depends on the state of the bone in your jaw.
Do Dental 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.
Do Dental Implants show?
At Rdent we will make sure that the implants won’t show during all normal movements of the mouth or lips.
Dental Implants from €1,600. Please call us on (091) 563 792 to book a consultation with Dr Rashid.