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Tooth Replacement Options That Are Widely Recommended by Dentists

Whether you’ve got a few missing teeth and want to replace them or facing some dental issues that require nothing but a complete replacement, then there are multiple options to opt for but it can be quite confusing which one is right for you. In this article, we’ll cover the different ways that dental experts might recommend to you for replacing your teeth.

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Dental Implants are the solution

HappyDental Dental Implant information is here to help you the patient understand completely what a dental implant is, how and dental implant is placed and how much a dental implant costs.

What are dental Implants?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw which has been created to replace the root of your missing teeth enabling the restoration of a tooth in the place of the missing tooth. The titanium screw, dental implant, will integrate fully with the jaw bone creating a stable environment for placing a crown. You can have single dental implants or multiple dental implants dependent on your oral needs. Dental implants are the most effective, safe and predictable solutions for patients who are missing teeth.

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Why do I need a dental implant?

The obvious reason is that with a dental implant replacing your missing teeth you will now be able to eat, smile and speak better. Without having dental implants to replace missing teeth your jawbone is not as well protected when you are eating which can put undue pressure on the jaw causing damage over the long term.

You can also have other problems related to missing teeth:

  • Teeth either side of the missing tooth can close together
  • Difficulty chewing and trapping food in the gap which can cause decay
  • Poor facial appearance if you are missing a few teeth
  • Loss of lip support

Can anyone have a dental implant?

Dental implants are suitable for most people BUT there are few things Dr O’Connor will consider when examining a potential dental implant candidate.

The first consideration Dr O’Connor will be looking at is whether the you have enough bone to support the dental implant. If you do then Dr Luana O’Connor BSc MSc (Implant) will move onto the next step which is to discuss with you your oral health regime.
Heavy smokers and excessive drinkers may want dental implants but they might not be necessarily suitable. People with diabetes can be considered suitable for dental implants with careful post procedure care and management. After careful consideration of your medical history you and Dr O’Connor will decide on whether a dental implant is ideal for you.

A dental implant will help me how?

A dental implant will help you forget you even lost a tooth. Maybe you have a front tooth missing or when you smile you put your hand up to cover your mouth. Does you denture slip around or not feel in place at all times? Having trouble eating?

A dental implant can help you fix all these problems because the missing tooth or teeth will now be back in situ and you can carry on living, eating and most importantly smiling properly with no shame or concerns.

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Does a dental implant hurt?

When placed properly by a qualified dental implant clinician there will be no pain in fact most patients say that having a dental implant placed is usually less painful afterwards than when they had a tooth removed.

How much will a dental implant cost me?

We are an exclusive provider of dental implants from Scheutz Dental Germany. We also use BiometZimmer and Dentin depending on patients needs.

A dental implant + post + crown will cost you €1249.00 which is a reasonable price in comparison to other offers on the market today.

How long does it take for a dental implant to be placed?

After you and Dr O’Connor have decided that dental implants are the solution for your oral health a dental implants Dublin takes about an hour to place. Dr O’Connor will want to see you the following to make sure everything is ok and again a few days later. After the dental implant is placed you will require a 4-6 month healing period before you the dentist will place the crowns on top of the dental implant.

Your dental implant, with you making sure you look after your oral hygiene properly, should last you a lifetime. In fact we give a lifetime guarantee for the dental implants themselves.

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Why is CT Scan important for dental implants procedures?

CT Scan and why they are needed

The first question you should be asking is ‘Do I have enough bone for a dental implant to be placed?’

When Dr O’Connor examines you for a possible dental implant she will only be able to see the exposed parts of your mouth where you want to place the implants. She will check your oral health, medical history and see if there is anything present in the mouth that would prevent you having a dental implant.

Some patients have standard x-rays which they have brought with them for Dr O’Connor to review which is great. A standard x-ray will show a large amount of detail to Dr O’Connor but this will only be a two dimensional view. From this type of x-ray Dr O’Connor will be able to ascertain the potential height of the bone available in the part of the mouth for dental implant placement. The only way for Dr O’Connor to ascertain precisely what bone ‘width’ is available would be to do an invasive clinical examination.

Fortunately, there is now available a far more advanced and accurate imaging technique which Dr O’Connor utilises with 99% of her patients, which is a Computed Tomography Scan X-Ray.

The CT Scan is by far the most accurate form of three dimensional –ray techniques available which enables Dr O’Connor to view your jawbone is a three dimensional image. The image, with the use of Impla 3D Software, is completely rotational for the clinician to see all parts of the jawbone chosen for the placement of the dental implant.

Dr O’Connor is able to now use the CT Scan to measure the bone exactly for height, width and depth. She is also able to clearly see any possible weaknesses or anatomical structures that are in the bone which could preclude the patient from having the procedure. Most importantly Dr O’Connor is able to pre-plan the dental implant procedure, by choosing exactly the dental implant that will suit your bone structure, plan the placement of the dental implant and plan the angle required for the dental implant to be placed.

By having a CT Scan done you and Dr O’Connor can work as a team to increase your dental implants successful placement.