Dental implants FAQS

On 14 May 2018    

We answer your questions on dental implant treatment

We’ve spoken to our implant dentists all over Ireland to answer some of the most frequently asked questions they get on dental implant treatment. Don’t forget, we’re offering 10% off the cost of implants and free consultations for a limited time (T&Cs apply). Click here to book your free consultation today.
Dental implants

What are dental implants?

In simple terms, a dental implant is a small titanium screw that replaces the root part of a missing tooth. The screw is then capped with a crown. This combination of screw and crown effectively replace your missing tooth. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, the dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a secure anchor. Dental implants can be used to replace either a single tooth (single implant) or multiple teeth (multiple implants). If cared for properly dental implants can last a lifetime.

Can anybody have dental implants?

Dental implant treatment is administered based on the patient’s suitability to the treatment. This suitability is determined during a consultation where X-rays will be taken. The availability of sufficient jawbone is crucial when it comes to dental implant treatment. Your Smiles dentist will assess the amount of jawbone available to work with. If there is insufficient bone available, a bone graft may be recommended.

How long will a dental implant last for?

With the proper care and regular check-ups at your local Smiles Dental practice, dental implants can last an entire lifetime. They are made to be durable and strong enough to withstand the stresses your natural teeth endure. However, factors such as health, diet and maintenance can effect the longevity of dental implants. So take care of your implant and your implant will take care of you. Your Smiles Dental dentist will help and advise you on best practice for taking care of your implant and you can always ring, email or visit us if you have questions or concerns after your treatment.

What aftercare do dental implants require?

The best way to approach dental implants aftercare is to treat them just like your natural teeth. Brush at least twice a day, for at least two minutes using a toothpaste with fluoride. Regular check-ups every six months with your local Smiles Dental is a great way to ensure your teeth are in good health and to catch any issues before they develop into serious (and costly) problems. These activities will prevent tooth decay and gum disease while keeping both your natural and artificial teeth in good working order.

Can you be too old for dental implants?

No. Age is not a deciding factor when it comes to suitability for dental implants.

Is dental implant treatment painful?

Dental implants treatment does have some associated discomfort, but more often than not our patients express their surprise at how little discomfort there was. During the actual treatment, anaesthetic is administered, and after treatment you can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease the discomfort.

Dental implants with Smiles Dental

We have successfully placed thousands of dental implants all around Ireland. We only use superior and high quality materials, and take a caring approach to every patient. Right now we’re offering 10% off the cost of implants and free consultations. Click here for a quick quote request and to book your free consultation.

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