Dental Implants in Newry
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What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth or bridge. They are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that can fuse with the surrounding bone tissue, providing a stable and long-lasting foundation for a replacement tooth.
The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, where it integrates with the surrounding bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. Once the implant has fused with the bone, a connector called an abutment is attached to the implant, which protrudes above the gumline. A replacement tooth or bridge is then attached to the abutment.
Dental implants are a popular option for people who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, or other dental problems. They offer several benefits over other tooth replacement options, including improved oral health, better appearance, and improved comfort and functionality.
Why You Might Need Them?
You might need dental implants if you have lost one or more teeth and want to restore your smile, oral health, and ability to chew and speak properly. Here are some reasons why you might need dental implants:
- Missing teeth: If you have lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, or other dental problems, dental implants can provide a long-lasting solution for replacing them.
- Poorly fitting dentures: If you wear dentures that do not fit well or cause discomfort, dental implants can provide a more stable and comfortable alternative.
- Jawbone loss: If you have lost bone in your jaw due to missing teeth, dental implants can help stimulate new bone growth and prevent further bone loss.
- Bite problems: If you have bite problems due to missing teeth, dental implants can help restore your bite and improve your ability to chew and speak properly.
- Aesthetic concerns: If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile due to missing teeth, dental implants can provide a natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing solution.
Overall, dental implants offer a durable and reliable option for restoring your teeth and improving your oral health and quality of life.
The dental implant procedure typically involves several steps over a period of several months, although the exact timeline may vary depending on your individual case. Here is a general overview of the dental implant procedure:
- Consultation and Treatment Planning: Your dentist or oral surgeon will first conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and jaw to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. They will then develop a treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals.
- Implant Placement: The first step in the implant procedure involves placing the implant into the jawbone. This is done under local anesthesia or conscious sedation, and involves making a small incision in the gum tissue to access the jawbone. The implant is then carefully placed into the bone and the gum tissue is sutured back in place.
- Healing and Osseointegration: After the implant is placed, the bone and implant need time to fuse together in a process called osseointegration. This usually takes several months, during which time you may wear a temporary restoration to protect the implant and maintain your appearance.
- Abutment Placement: Once the implant has fully integrated with the jawbone, a small connector called an abutment is attached to the implant. This is done through a small incision in the gum tissue, and the abutment protrudes above the gumline to support the replacement tooth.
- Replacement Tooth Attachment: Finally, a custom-made replacement tooth or bridge is attached to the abutment. This may involve a single crown for a single tooth or a bridge for multiple missing teeth. The replacement tooth is designed to match your natural teeth in color, shape, and size, providing a seamless and natural-looking result.
Overall, the dental implant procedure requires careful planning, skill, and attention to detail to ensure a successful outcome. Your dentist or oral surgeon will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you achieve the best possible results.
Frequently Asked Questions
The most common alternatives to dental implants are denture and bridges. Getting a bridge requires attaching false teeth to your existing teeth. This involves filing or modifying the teeth on either side of missing teeth in order to support bridge which can have implication is future. Also, often require replacement which makes it more costly option over time. Dentures are false teeth attached to plastic or metal plate which are placed in placed in mouth and are removable. They are cumbersome, uncomfortable and limit your dietary intake. Also, with time they might wear or become loose fitted causing slippage and imprecise fit issues. Whereas dental implants are the permanent solution to missing teeth. They are comfortable, effective, aesthetically pleasing, look and behave just like natural tooth, do not impact surrounding teeth and less costly over long run.
A person who can undergo tooth extractions or bridgework can undergo dental implant treatment. The location and the amount of bone available in the implant area is normally the major factor to be considered for any case. Normally implants are suitable and best option for most cases but its best to have a consultation with our dentist to check for suitability and ask any questions you might have for the treatment.
Dental implants are typically not available through the NHS, as they are considered a cosmetic procedure. However, in some rare cases where the implants are deemed medically necessary, the NHS may cover the cost. It’s best to consult with our dentist and NHS dental services for specific eligibility criteria and options available in your area.
Our dentist should be able to give you a rough estimate about time after your first consultation. Nowadays some false teeth are fitted as the same time as implants for some cases. Check with your dentist to see if it’s suitable for you. Normally the false teeth are fitted after 3-4 months after placing the implant. In some instances it might take longer due to complexity of the case but your dentist should be able to let you know about this during your treatment.
Typically, implant treatment is no more painful than having a tooth extracted. Often, we place implants using a surgical guide that we can create from your CT cone beam scan. This enables us to insert implants through a small punch hole, akin to keyhole surgery. Consequently, the treatment is virtually painless.
It’s a good idea to come and see us as soon as you can. If we need to extract a tooth before the implant, it’s essential to do it delicately to preserve your own bone. If your dentist is experienced in this, that’s fantastic! But if not, don’t worry; we can handle the tooth removal at our surgery along with the implant placement. Just let us know what works best for you!
In general, most healthy individuals with good oral health are suitable candidates for dental implant treatment. However, a comprehensive dental evaluation is necessary to determine if you are an ideal candidate.
Our dentist will provide temporary tooth replacements during the healing period to ensure you don’t go without teeth. These can be removable dentures or temporary crowns.
After undergoing dental implant surgery, the initial recovery period usually spans a few days, during which you may encounter temporary swelling and discomfort. The complete healing and osseointegration process can extend over several months, allowing the implant to firmly integrate with the jawbone.
Although smoking can increase the risk of complications and hinder the healing process, smokers can still get dental implants. However, it is strongly advised to quit smoking or at least reduce smoking to increase the chances of successful implant integration.
Not every dental implant case requires a bone graft. It depends on the jawbone’s condition and the specific implantation site. A comprehensive assessment by a dental professional will determine the necessity.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, two popular options are dental bridges and dental implants. Both solutions offer their own set of benefits and considerations. The choice between a bridge and a dental implant depends on various factors, including your oral health, budget, and personal preferences. Consulting with a qualified dentist like us is crucial to determine the most suitable option tailored to your individual needs.
While rare, dental implant failure can occur. Common reasons include infection, poor osseointegration, peri-implantitis (gum disease around the implant), or complications during surgery.
Teeth grinding (bruxism) can impact dental implants. Our dentist may recommend a nightguard to protect the implants and address the underlying issue of teeth grinding before proceeding with implant surgery.
Dental implants can be placed after jaw surgery, depending on the specific procedure and its impact on the bone structure. A thorough evaluation by our dentist is necessary.
Dental implants in the upper jaw may come close to sinus cavities. Sinus lift procedures can create space for implants, minimising the risk of interference and ensuring proper placement.
To find a good dentist near you for dental implants, start by seeking recommendations from friends, family, or your regular dentist. Additionally, online reviews and testimonials can provide valuable insights into the experiences of other patients. Look for dentists with expertise in implantology and those who are accredited by relevant dental organisations. Schedule consultations with potential dentists to discuss your specific needs, treatment plans, and associated costs. During these meetings, assess the dentist’s communication style, transparency, and willingness to address your concerns. Ultimately, a good dentist for dental implants should have a proven track record, make you feel comfortable, and be committed to providing personalised and high-quality care.
Why Choose O’Hagan & Murray for Dental Implants
When considering dental implants, choosing O’Hagan & Murray can be a prudent decision due to several factors. Firstly, we boast a team of highly skilled and experienced dental professionals who specialise in implant dentistry. Besides, our pricing is much lower than other parts of the UK. Our affordable price of dental implants starts from £1,650 only.
With a reputation for excellence and a commitment to providing personalised care, patients can trust in the expertise of the practitioners at O’Hagan & Murray. Furthermore, the clinic utilises state-of-the-art technology and innovative techniques to ensure optimal results and patient satisfaction. Additionally, O’Hagan & Murray prioritise patient comfort and safety, providing a welcoming and supportive environment throughout the implant process.
From initial consultation to post-operative care, O’Hagan & Murray’s dedication to quality and patient-centred care makes us a preferred choice for dental implant procedures in Newry.
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