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Implants are a fantastic option for replacing a missing tooth/teeth

 What exactly is a dental implant?

When describing dental implants, the best comparison is to your natural teeth. A natural tooth consists of two parts- the root of the tooth buried below the gum line, and the white enamel that is visible above it. Similarly, a dental implant has the titanium component buried invisibly below the gum, and on top of it the porcelain crown which is matched to the colour of your own teeth.

When are dental implants used

  • A single missing tooth at the front or back (implant crown).
  • Many or all missing teeth (implant bridge). It may not be necessary to place one implant for every missing tooth, e.g. 3 porcelain teeth can be attached to two implants.
  • Under complete dentures. There is an enormous improvement in the fit, comfort and chewing ability of dentures that are attached to implants.

CASE119001-implant Why the need to replace missing teeth?

Missing teeth can have a significant impact not only on your appearance, but also on your self-confidence and your overall health.

Teeth provide more functions than just the ability to chew. They are necessary for the health of the gums, jaw, and other teeth, as well. The effects of missing teeth can be detrimental to long-term oral and medical health.
  • An off-bite relationship: Having gaps where teeth are missing affects the way the jaw closes. For example, an adjacent tooth may tilt or drift into an open space left by a missing tooth causing the opposing jaw line to have bite-relationship problems. TMJ (acute and chronic pain and problems with the jaw joint) may be caused by tooth loss. In addition, food can become trapped in open spaces, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease.
  • Jawbone deterioration: As soon as a tooth is lost from gum disease or an extraction, the supporting bone in the jaw begins to dissolve. This process is called resorption. The longer a tooth is missing, the greater the bone loss. Over time, more and more of the jawbone disintegrates until it becomes weak and noticeably smaller.
  • Nutrition: As teeth are lost, it becomes more difficult to eat and chew food. Studies have shown that 29% of denture wearers eat only soft or mashed foods and 50% avoid many foods altogether.
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Once the implant is placed in the Jaw, the bone and gum heals around it (3-6mths)

  What are the alternatives if I don’t want dental implants?

  • A denture – a removable appliance, which generally feels bigger and more foreign in the mouth than implants do.
  • Porcelain bridgework – false teeth fixed in place, attached to the teeth either side of a gap. Bridges may put some strain on the supporting teeth.
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We use Implants fabricated by Straumann – currently the worlds biggest implant company

 How long does the treatment take?

It depends on how complicated your treatment is, where the teeth are to be placed, and the quality of gum and jawbone in the area. We will be able to give you a timetable after your initial assessment. As a guideline, expect a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months from the initial assessment to the time when the new teeth are finally attached to the implants.

What is the typical success rate for dental implants?

People have found huge success with implants, typically 95% of implants will function after 10+ years. Some instances can occur where an implant might fail. Failure might happen where there is a loss of bone structure around the implant, tooth grinding in some instances can loosen the implant. Our implant expert however can discuss any concerns you many have beforehand.

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Dr. Nick Beirne – Implant specialist

 Who is your implant expert?

Dr. Nick Beirne is our implant expert – he has many years of experience in doing implants. Read more about Dr. Beirne here, alternatively if you would like to book an appointment with him you can call us on 01 4542022 or book online here .

 

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Before ortho- patient unhappy with the gap in her front teeth

 

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After ortho – patient delighted with her new smile!

 

 

Patient : CK in her 20’s didn’t like the space between her 2 front teeth.

Treatment: Orthodontics done by Dr Helen Walsh.

Cost of treatment: € 2995 which included a hygienist appointment at the end of the orthodontic treatment, as well as upper and lower fixed and removable retainers.

No re-touching of photos has been done.

Your natural teeth are perfectly designed to last a lifetime, but all too often this does not happen. Tooth loss can occur due to trauma or disease, and when it does, it is important to replace lost teeth. The choices are pretty straightforward, as you can have a partial or full denture, a bridge, or dental implants in Dublin. Perhaps you are wondering why you should choose the last option, as after all it is the most expensive, and will take the longest to complete. There are lots of reasons for doing so, not least that in the longer-term, choosing dental implants could prove to be far more cost effective, without even considering the other advantages.

Long-Term Cost-Effectiveness of Dental Implants

Dental Implants DublinA recent study evaluated literature on the cost-effectiveness of dental implants, and concluded that when replacing a single tooth, a single implant was cost effective in the long-term, in comparison with alternative methods of tooth replacement such as a dental bridge. When multiple teeth were replaced with implants, the study found that although the initial costs were higher in comparison with bridges or dentures, there were better improvements in terms of overall oral health.

Although dental implants will not be the right choice for everyone, they can provide the most natural looking tooth replacement, especially when a single implant is used to replace a single tooth. When used to replace multiple teeth, they can help to secure loose dentures, or can even replace them completely with a fixed bridge.

Enjoy a Greater Variety of Foods

Anyone who has a loose and uncomfortable denture or teeth that are painful to bite or chew on will be able to see the huge advantages to this. Having teeth that function correctly and which you know will stay in position can make it easier to get the most out of life. Some people will actively avoid social situations with others because of concerns of the appearance of their teeth and concerns that their dentures may move about. They may choose to only eat soft and easy to chew foods, rather than food that really appeal, and which could help to give a nutritionally well-rounded diet. Without good nutrition it is difficult to enjoy good general health, and many social events and gatherings are centred on enjoying a meal with others.

If any of this sounds familiar, Portobello Dental Clinic can help. We have been placing dental implants for years, and take every precaution to ensure treatment is successful. This begins with an extensive planning process that will involve fully evaluating your oral health. Through the use of dental x-rays and possibly CT scans, we can see exactly how much bone you have, and whether this will be sufficient to support dental implants. If not, then a bone graft is a simple procedure that can restore lost bone, building up a solid foundation to support your new dental implants in Dublin.

During the planning process we’ll use this information to decide exactly where to place your dental implants to make maximum use of available bone while providing good aesthetic results. Every step of the treatment will be explained in a way that is easy to understand, as we won’t baffle you with lots of dental terminology, and of course you are encouraged to ask all the questions you’d like about your new dental implants in Dublin.

Unfortunately dental emergencies in Dublin can and do occur, and usually at the most inconvenient times possible. Sometimes it is simply unavoidable, but often a dental emergency can be averted through preventative dental care. Most people will need to visit their dentist in Dublin every six months, and it is recommended that you have a hygiene appointment at the same time.

Dental Implants DublinThe Argument for Regular Preventative Dental Care Appointments

The reason for doing so is that your dentist in Dublin will be able to detect any small signs of lesions or pits in your tooth enamel that could be the beginnings of a cavity. At this stage it might be able to halt the decay through the application of fluoride to help harden the tooth, or alternatively you might need a small filling.

This early on there may be very few, if any symptoms. You might notice the tooth feels more sensitive to hot and colds foods, but this is a sign that is very easy to ignore. If the decay were left to continue then it would eventually reach the centre of your tooth that contains all the nerves. By this stage things are likely to have become much more painful, and treatment is likely to be more invasive and a lot costlier, as you may need root canal treatment and to have the tooth restored with a crown.

Your dentist in Dublin will also be assessing the health of your gums. Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) is the major cause of tooth loss in the world, and the early symptoms are all too easy to miss or just ignore. If you have ever noticed your gums bleed when you brush or floss then you might have tried to fool yourself that this is normal. It isn’t, and is an early sign that your gums need professional attention. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that causes the gum tissues to become inflamed as the body tries to fight back. This inflammation can destroy not only the gum tissue, but also the ligaments that support the teeth, and the bone around the teeth.

The early stages of gum disease are called gingivitis and are really simple to treat. Our hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, removing much of the bacterial infection. The next part is down to you, as you will be given lots of advice on how to care for your teeth and gums at home. Great home dental care is essential to get rid of this condition.

Dealing with Accidental Tooth Loss

Regular preventative dental care can help lessen the risk of toothache and ultimately tooth loss, but if you do have an accident that knocks out a tooth then quick action could save it. Store the tooth in a little milk, and find a dentist as soon as you can. Reinsertion can be successful if carried out within the first half hour to an hour. This window of opportunity is pretty small, but it is worth trying. If reinsertion fails then you could opt for dental implants in Dublin, as these provide a long-lasting means of tooth replacement.

Diabetes mellitus is a world-wide health problem, and it is growing. In Ireland, approximately 200,000 have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes, while another 100,000 already have high levels of glucose in their blood, but will only be diagnosed with Type II diabetes when they encounter some sort of health problem due to their condition. Even worse, it is expected these figures will double over the next couple of years.

The Connection between Diabetes and Oral Health

Dental Implants DublinA number of clinical studies have shown a connection between serious gum disease or periodontal disease, and diabetes. Unfortunately people who have diabetes are more susceptible towards developing periodontal disease, but it’s also thought that gum disease has the potential to affect diabetes, as it may make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels, and could lead to the progression of diabetes.

Diabetes is a condition that affects the immune system, and people with diabetes are more at risk of developing infections, including bacterial infection in the mouth due to their decreased ability to fight bacteria. Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to an increase in the amount of glucose in the saliva and this in turn provides the perfect fuel for bacteria. As a result the numbers of the bacteria can multiply more quickly and will produce more toxins to irritate and inflame the gums.

Advanced gum disease or periodontal disease causes the gums to frequently bleed, allowing bacteria from the mouth to enter into the bloodstream. It’s thought the presence of these bacteria makes it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar levels, exacerbating the problem even more. In addition diabetics tend to be more at risk of developing other oral health conditions such as dry mouth, ulcers and thrush. Diabetics are less able to heal as the condition can narrow the blood vessels, preventing the transport of essential nutrients to the gums, and the removal of harmful toxins.

Ask Us for Help and Advice

If you do have diabetes then make sure your dentist in Dublin is aware of your condition. We may recommend additional treatments to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. This might include additional professional cleanings with one of our hygienists and possibly more frequent check-ups. We can work with you to help mitigate the effects of the conditions such as dry mouth and ulcers. You can also help yourself by making sure your blood sugar is levels are as well controlled as you can manage. Ensuring you brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day and that you floss once a day will help to ensure your mouth is kept as clean as possible.

Gum disease is one of the major causes of tooth loss, and one of the best ways of replacing missing teeth is through having dental implants in Dublin. Unfortunately this treatment may not always be suitable for diabetics, especially if the disease is not well controlled. If you are diabetic and are thinking about having implants in Dublin, then we do urge you to discuss this with one of our dentists. We will only recommend this treatment if we think it’s suitable for you and has a high chance of success. Otherwise there are still lots of alternative methods of tooth replacement that may suit you a little better.

Perhaps our patients will benefit from this treatment one day, but not quite yet. Just to clarify, the dental implants that might one day be assisted by these diamonds will not give you an extra sparkly smile, but they could help to improve the longevity of this treatment for certain people who are at risk of implant failure. The diamonds in question are tiny, and are called nanodiamonds. These are created as a by-product during conventional mining and refining techniques, and are just a few nanometres in diameter.

Implants DublinResearch is being carried out into how they could help patients with osteonecrosis. This is a disease that is caused by the blood flow to the bones being reduced. Without a healthy blood supply the bones will begin to break down faster than the body can manufacture new bone cells. If this affects the jaw then it can lead to implant failure. This condition is thankfully rare, but can develop as a side effect of chemotherapy. Treatment to try to save dental implants affected in this way can often be quite invasive as it tends to involve surgical procedures to try to repair the bone.

The hope is that nanodiamonds might be used to deliver proteins to help repair the bone, and this could be in the form of an injection, or even through a mouth rinse, both of which would be very non-invasive. The initial studies are promising, but it is likely to be quite a while before this technique is in regular use.

Healthy Patients Can Look Forward to Healthy Implants

Dental implant failure isn’t something most of us will need to worry about, as dental implants in Dublin have a very high success rate. This does rely on the implants being well-placed, but you will be in good hands at the Portobello Dental Clinic. Dr Nick Beirne has successfully placed hundreds of implants, and the clinic uses Nobel Biocare dental implants. Nobel Biocare have been pioneering and developing implants for decades and are regarded as being one of the world leaders in this field. The use of top quality implants help to ensure surgery is a success, as do the techniques and stringent controls utilised by Portobello Dental Clinic. All the surgery is carried out under sterile conditions, something that is extremely important to help ensure the implants do not become infected.

Once surgery is complete, then you will receive full support from the clinic in helping the implants to heal, and in ensuring they remain healthy and strong for many years to come. Portobello Dental Clinic is so confident in its technique that it guarantees against dental implant failure for up to five years after placement.

Keeping Your Dental Implants Strong and Free from Infection

Most dental implants failures occur due to infection, and this is something that can be avoided through making sure you take good care to clean around the implant, removing all the plaque and food debris that could otherwise cause infection. The dental team will give you lots of advice on how to clean your implants in Dublin, but you are always encouraged to ask questions if you are unsure about any aspect of your treatment. Of course we also recommend that you visit us regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings to keep your dental health the very best it can be.

We hope you do, as it is something that can help keep your dental bills to a minimum, and which will help your own teeth to last as long as possible. Even though we can replace your teeth with dental implants in Dublin, we’d rather help you have a naturally healthy smile, and this is something that can be achieved through preventative dental care.

The Importance of Regular Check-ups

Dental Implants DublinRegular check-ups are a great way to get peace of mind that your teeth and gums are in good health. Most people will need to visit Portobello Dental Clinic every six months or so, although some people with certain health conditions may be recommended to visit more frequently. During your check-up one of our dentists will carefully examine your teeth, your gums and your oral tissues.

They will be looking to see if you have any signs of dental decay or any small lesions in your teeth that could indicate the beginning of a cavity. It is much easier to treat dental decay at this stage, and will mean that any fillings will be smaller and cheaper. In addition it will help to prevent the decay from spreading, as otherwise it could reach the inner part of your tooth which is called the pulp, resulting in infection and toothache. By this stage you may need root canal therapy, and the tooth might require crowning.

Your gums will be examined to make sure you do not have any early signs of gum disease. This is a common condition that will affect most people during their lifetime. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss, and could mean you do end up requiring dental implants in Dublin after all.

You might notice your dentist examining your oral tissues, including your tongue, and this is a very important part of your check-up, and has the potential to save lives. This is a screening for mouth cancer, a disease that is often diagnosed rather late when the prognosis is far less favourable. Symptoms can include ulcers that fail to heal within three weeks, or noticing changes to the tissues in your mouth, for example areas that have changed colour, or which have become rougher or thicker. IF you do think something is wrong then give us a call for help and advice.

Dental Hygiene Appointments

Dental hygiene appointments are another valuable part of your preventative dental care regime, as our hygienist will remove the hardened tartar from your teeth, reducing the risk of gum disease. Tartar is made up of hardened plaque bacteria, and has the ability to cause inflammation and infection in your gums. Regular removal will ensure your gums stay healthy, and there is an added benefit in that your teeth will look a bit whiter due to being polished, and your breath will be fresher.

Ask us about how to care for your teeth and gums at home, as it is important that you brush twice daily and floss once a day. We know many people find it awkward to floss, but there are alternative tools such as interdental brushes that help to make the task easier and more effective.

Preventative dental care appointments by our dentist in Dublin at Portobello Dental Clinic will only take an hour or so of your time every six months, and a good home dental care regime will take less than ten minutes a day. This isn’t much to keep your smile in great condition.

It’s very common to have one or more teeth missing, as this is something that can occur either due to trauma or to dental disease. But it’s also something that many people find quite upsetting, especially anyone who is concerned about their appearance. There are various methods of replacing lost teeth, but the very best way to do it is through having dental implants in Dublin, and this is worth considering regardless of whether you are due to lose a tooth, or if you lost teeth quite some time ago. It’s true that the treatment can take several months to complete, but dental implants will always give the best aesthetics, and when cared for properly will feel exactly like your natural teeth.

Dental Implants DublinAdvantages of Dental Implants

You implants will stay permanently in place and can be cleaned exactly like your natural teeth. Some restorations such as implant supported dentures are removable, while others such as crowns and bridges are permanently cemented or screwed into position. Whichever restoration you choose you can be sure that it will be securely retained, and will not shift or move position during the course of the day. This is something that can be a huge relief to people choosing implant supported dentures, and who may have struggled for years with loose and uncomfortable dentures that rub and slip about.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

The dentists at Portobello Dental Clinic can give you a full assessment to help you decide whether or not the dental implants are the right option for you. This is something that can depend on your oral health and also your general health. Dental implants may not be suitable for people with diabetes, or for smokers who are reluctant to quit the habit. The reason for this is that diabetics are less able to heal after surgery, especially if they struggle to control their blood sugar levels. Smoking also affects the body’s ability to heal, and greatly increases the risk of the implant failing. If you do smoke and want to have a dental implants then you’ll certainly need to quit before and during the implant procedure, but it’s also best to quit for good as this will help ensure the longevity of your dental implants, and will also positively affect your overall dental health.

If you decide to go ahead then your dentist in Dublin will work with you to prepare a treatment plan. If you lost your teeth quite some time ago then it may be necessary to have a bone graft, and this is something that can be performed as a standalone procedure, or it might be possible to place the graft at the same time as the implant. Another thing to consider is the type of restoration that will be supported by your implant or implants.

Dental implants in Dublin can be used to support a single crown, while multiple implants can be used to support multiple crowns, or to support a dental bridge or even a denture. It all depends on your individual circumstances and the number of teeth that need to be replaced.

Book an Assessment

If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants, then please contact Portobello Dental Clinic to book your assessment. To make it super easy, the clinic even offers online booking.

Don’t Let Fear Prevent You From Having Dental Implants

Are you missing some or all of your teeth? Perhaps you are considering having dental implants, but can’t quite imagine coping with the surgery?

This is very common, as people tend to imagine that the process for placing a dental implant is scary, or somehow painful. In fact we take great pains to make sure you are kept very comfortable throughout the whole process, and it hardly takes any time at all to place a single implant. Even so, we do understand that some people will still feel unable to cope, and this would be a great shame as dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth, and if properly cared for could last for a very long time. Luckily we have a solution for patients who have dental fear, as we are able to offer sedation dentistry in Dublin, making it easy to cope with the whole process.

Dental Implant DublinWe Offer Sedation Dentistry

The levels of sedation can vary, from quite light sedation, to sleep dentistry. This is where sedative drugs and pain killers are administered intravenously. This is something that is not available at most dental surgeries, as it does require extensive additional training on the part of the dentist. Portobello Dental Clinic has two dentists with this speciality, as both Dr Helen Walsh and Dr Nick Beirne are able to offer sleep dentistry in Dublin. This ensures the procedure is completely safe and comfortable for you, as you will be fully monitored throughout the whole treatment, so you always receive the correct dose of sedatives and painkillers.

Once you have had the implant inserted into your jawbone then it is simply a matter of waiting for it to heal. We will give you strict instructions on how to care for your implant, as it is important to keep the surgery site clean during this period.

The second part of the procedure is hopefully something that you’ll feel much more comfortable with having done, as it simply involves attaching the abutment to the implant post. The abutment is used to support your final restoration, so that could be a crown, bridge, or an implant supported denture. After this an impression will be taken of the abutment, and this is sent to the dental laboratory so your restoration can be made.

It is well worth trying to overcome your fears and dental phobias in Dublin, so you can receive dental implants. They do cost a bit more than other methods of tooth replacement, but the results are far superior, and will give the best cosmetic results. They can look extremely natural, especially when single implants are used to replace single teeth.

If you are interested, then why not make an appointment to simply come in to the surgery to talk to us? We can take a look at your teeth, and can discuss whether or not you are suitable for dental implants in Dublin. This treatment is great for most people, but it isn’t right for everyone. We can also answer all your questions about the actual surgery, and can hopefully put your mind at rest, at least a little bit.

The answer is a resounding yes! Dental implants are absolutely perfect for replacing just a single missing tooth. Portobello Dental Clinic can make you an extremely natural looking tooth, and although the process may take a little longer than the alternative methods of replacement, it’s well worth the extra effort and small additional cost.

Dental Implant DublinYou’ll need to visit our dental clinic to see whether or not this treatment is suitable for you, as you must be in good general health, and shouldn’t smoke or have any untreated dental diseases. This is your chance to discuss the pros and cons of having a dental implant in Dublin with us. If you decide to go ahead, we will need to plan your treatment extremely carefully. This involves taking x-rays of your teeth, and quite possibly a CT scan. This enables us to see exactly where other structures in your mouth are located, so the implant can be accurately and safely placed while still maintaining excellent aesthetics.

The actual process to place the implant is really quite quick, especially for a single dental implant in Dublin. Most patients find the procedure perfectly tolerable with just a local anaesthetic, but if you’re particularly nervous then do ask us about extra sedation, and you’ll find Portobello Dental Clinic is particularly good at helping nervous patients.

Once the implant is in place then it needs to be left to heal for a few months. This process is absolutely vital to the success of the implant as it allows something called Osseo integration to take place. The implant post is made from titanium as this is extremely biocompatible with the human body, and it’s especially treated to enable new bone cells to grow around and on the post, so it integrates with your body. Once this process is completed, then the titanium post should be firmly bonded in your jaw, and will be able to support your new crown.

The next part of the treatment will be to connect the abutment to the post. This is used to support your crown, and protrudes just above your gum line. It’s securely screwed into position and is completely covered by the crown. The abutment can either be made from metal, or if you’re interested in obtaining the very best cosmetic results then you might want to have a zirconium abutment. Zirconia is an extremely strong material, and its tooth coloured! Your crown will be fabricated from zirconium which is then covered with a special type of porcelain. The major advantage of choosing this type of restoration is that it has liveliness and translucency that closely replicates a natural tooth. This is because the light can pass straight through the restoration. Porcelain bonded to metal crown can still look extremely good, but doesn’t quite have the same amount of translucency. This is because the metal has to be blocked out with opaque porcelain to prevent it from shining through.

We will only recommend you have a dental implant if we think it’s the right course of action for you. Our dental implants in Dublin have an extremely high success rate, and when properly cared for they can last a very long time, making this a cost-effective treatment in the longer term.