If you have one or more missing teeth, it can have a big impact on your appearance and how self-conscious you feel about your smile. Fortunately there is an alternative to dentures in the form of dental implants. Implants are a better solution if you want to restore the natural appearance and function of your teeth.

Dental implants consist of titanium rods which are placed into the jawbone and are used to support one or more false teeth. Implants are supported by years of clinical evidence and with the right aftercare it’s been proven that modern implants have a 95% success rate. If you’re looking for a dental implant, Dublin-based Dr Nick Beirne can assess your suitability and let you know if it’s possible to have them fitted i.e. if you have enough jaw bone for the procedure to take place.

Dental implant construction involves two stages; the first is the placement of the screw-like implant into your jaw and the second is the fitting of a prosthetic or false tooth on top of the implant. Depending on how many teeth need to be replaced, a bridge or a denture will be created for you in a dental laboratory. Whether you need a crown, bridge or denture on top of your implant, these will be made to look like your surrounding teeth, giving you a natural-looking smile.

The first 24 hours following the implant placement procedure are the most important, so avoid smoking, exercising or driving as these can all affect the outcome. It’s best to avoid alcohol too as the area needs time to heal and should be kept clean. Manipulating the site can cause it to bleed, so take care when brushing your teeth too. In your next visit your dentist will determine if it’s healed properly, the healing cap can be removed and you can then have the artificial tooth fitted.

Want to learn more about dental implants? Dublinbased practice Portobello Dental Clinic canassess your dental implants needs. Please call 01 454 2022 to book an appointment. Our practice opening hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 8pm. Tuesday from 8am to 6pm, Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. You can also visit our website: www.portobellodental.ie for more information. If you’re looking to have dental implants in Dublin, Dr Nick Beirne of Portobello Dental Clinic can give you a natural looking smile!

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