We offer implants at our clinic to replace single tooth gaps or to replace the entire mouth for patients with no teeth.
Patients often have a number of questions about what implants are and what they can do for them. Implants are a small titanium screw which replaces the root of the tooth. Once it is healed in the bone, it can be restored with a crown which looks, feels and functions just like a normal tooth when it was healthy, natural and beautiful.
Implants have many advantages including looking just like a natural tooth, not damaging adjacent teeth and having a high success rate. They restore your bite and function so you can eat the steak you can't eat with a missing tooth. Implants feel just like natural decay and don't decay.
Implants are an excellent restoration for people who want to replace a single missing tooth. If you have no teeth, implants can replace all your teeth to give you stable dentures that don't move about when you chew your food. Steak can become an option again!
What are dental implants used for?
They can be used to help you in many aspects of your dental care
They can replace single, multiple or all teeth with fixed bridges
Two implants can help retain a denture for anyone struggling with the retention or stability of their denture
Other applications include to aid orthodontics and bone maintenance
What are the steps involved?
The procedure is customised to your exact clinical situation however the replacement of a single tooth would normally involve the following steps.
The failed tooth is removed and a temporary restoration (tooth) is supplied so you never have to go without a tooth.
Some weeks later the implant is placed involving the very careful and gentle insertion of the titanium implant at the location of a previous tooth.
A few months later the implant can be used to support a new tooth that will function and look much like a natural tooth
Why implants in The Meath Dental Clinic?
Dr. Mark Condon, our implant expert, has many years experience both placing dental implants and restoring them. He is a specialist prosthodontist with years of additional training in these procedures. Dr Condon has presented nationally and internationally on dental implants and teaches advanced restorative procedures in the Dental Hospital at Trinity College Dublin.
We only use proven materials and work with the world's best dental implant companies and laboratories. Our main laboratory, where your restorations are constructed, is unequalled in the level of aesthetics and quality produced. They work exclusively for a handful of select specialist practices.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Implants have a number of advantages including:
- Good success rates (95% still in function after 10 years)
- Very aesthetic result - looks like a natural tooth
- Conservative - doesn't affect teeth on either side
- Restores function to improve biting and chewing
- Doesn't decay like natural teeth
- Maintains bone in the area of the implant
Do I need to look after my implants?
Absolutely yes. We mention this as sometimes people believe implants require no care or maintenance. They do however need to be kept thoroughly clean (as teeth do) and you will need to attend for regular check up to ensure they are working perfectly.