What is a dental implant?
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What is a Dental Implant?
MyDental Clinic Dublin specialise in dental implants. With a full implantology team providing solutions for mouth restoration at affordable prices.
A dental implant is a type of artificial tooth root that your MyDental dentist places in your jawbone, using it as a form of ‘stake’ onto which a replacement tooth or bridge is then fixed.
Dental implants are very frequently recommended by your dentist if you enjoy a generally good standard of dental health, but may have lost one or more teeth – perhaps due to an accident, or perhaps as a result of severe periodontal disease.
One of the big advantages that implants have over traditional bridgework is that implants don’t rely on their neighboring teeth to support them, so they’re very attractive from a purely functional point of view.
And from a cosmetic point of view, there’s the added benefit that your implants look and feel completely natural, so you’ll have the confidence of a great smile again – not to mention being able to speak and eat normally. And if you maintain them correctly, you can expect your implants to last you a lifetime.
What Dental Implants Can Do?
- Replace one or more teeth without affecting the teeth to either side.
- Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
- Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
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Dental Implant Procedure
Your dentist will make a cut in your gum to expose the bone surface. Then, a number of small holes are drilled into the bone – this is where the metal fixing post of the implant will be located.
This post is implanted fairly deep into the bone, as it will be required to provide the solidity that the replacement tooth demands.
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What is Teeth-in-a-Day?
Teeth-In-A-Day is a fantastic service from MyDental which allows you to have multiple implants inserted in the same day, meaning that you walk out of the surgery with a full complement of teeth once again.
It means that you no longer need to cover your mouth when you laugh, smile or talk. It’s also a particularly attractive option if you don't want to wear dentures.
And best of all, Teeth-In-A-Day is surprisingly inexpensive – particularly if you avail of our 0% Dental Finance Plan.
The service is simplicity itself. You arrive at MyDental first thing in the morning and any problem teeth are removed. Specialised dental implants are then gently placed into your jawbone.
Next, our in-house dental laboratory will make your new teeth while you wait. Then, later in the afternoon, your new teeth are fitted securely in place.
Quite literally, you can enjoy a steak dinner that same evening thanks to your newly fitted teeth.
Is the Teeth-In-A-Day service for me?
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If your jawbone is too soft to accommodate an implant, or perhaps not thick enough for the implant to take firm root, you will need to have a bone graft.
This means that a piece of bone is taken from another part of your body – such as your hip – and then transplanted onto your jawbone. Please note that it can take up to nine months before the graft provides a solid enough base for the implant to proceed.
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What is a sinus lift?
Sinus Lift Procedure
A sinus lift is a special form of surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw around the area of your molars and premolars. Sometimes referred to as a sinus augmentation, the process involves the addition of bone to your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are located to either side of your nose. The term ‘sinus lift’ is used because the sinus membrane has to be moved upwards.
A sinus lift is usually carried out in situations where dental implants cannot be carried out – either because there is not enough bone in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw.
As more and more MyDental patients are opting to replaced unsightly gaps with dental implants, the number of sinus lifts we carry out is growing rapidly and we are experts in this very specialist treatment.
Where does the replacement bone come from?
The bone used in a sinus lift may come from your own or from a cadaver. If your own bone is being used, it will normally be taken from other areas of your mouth, although it can also be taken from the hip or tibia.
Your dentist cuts the gum tissue where your back teeth used to be, to expose the bone. A small oval is then opened to expose the bone. Then, the membrane lining the sinus on the other side of the oval is pushed up and away from your jaw.
Small granules of the new bone-graft material are then placed where the sinus was, and packed down tightly. Once the bone has been put in place, the tissue is stitched closed and a period of four to nine months will elapse before your new implants are put in place. This period is necessary, as your grafted material needs to mesh completely with your bone.
Taking Care of a Dental Implant
On an ongoing basis, you should care for your implant in the same way that you care for your other teeth, brushing regularly and using floss or interdental brushes to clean thoroughly between tooth and gum.
Immediately after surgery, avoid hot drinks and don’t eat until the anaesthetic has completely worn off and you can feel the treated area.
Also, try not to continuously run your tongue over the affected area, as this will slow down the healing process.
It's normal to expect some swelling for a day or two, but this whould normally start to reduce after the first 48 hours. If the swelling is particulalry noticeable, you could put an icepack on the outside of your face.
There may also be a certain level of pain for the first few days, but this can normally be treated with over-the-counter pain killers. It's a good idea to start taking these BEFORE the anaesthetic wears off.
If your dentist has used dissolvable stitches, these will normally have dissolved completely within two to three week. If they are non-dissolvable, however, your dentist will take them out after around ten days.
Gargling with hot water and salt will help the healing process, and avoid cigarettes as this will greatly hinder healing of the gum.
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