Implants

Are you one of nearly 2 million people in Ireland who have one or more missing teeth?
Are you self-conscious and looking for a cost-effective, convenient way to get a dazzling smile again?

Then a dental implant could be right for you.

We have two sets of teeth during our lifetime. “Permanent” teeth replace the baby or deciduous teeth that we grow shortly after birth. Sometimes we can lose our permanent teeth, for example due to accidents and periodontal disease.

Man has tried for centuries to replace these lost teeth. There are examples of seashells being used as implants by the Egyptians and peasant’s teeth being used by the French Aristocracy (prior to the Revolution) in a vain attempt to replace their missing ones.

The best thing is not to lose your teeth at all! Nowadays with modern prevention methods this is more possible than ever before. You are urged to preserve your remaining teeth if you still have any and there are many methods now available to straighten and preserve teeth.

If you can save your teeth for a reasonable amount of time (in excess of 10 years) then you should try. However, sometimes the bone loss (due to gum disease) has advanced to such an extent or the destruction of the crown and root of the tooth so great, that tooth loss is inevitable.

If you’ve lost a tooth through an accident, or can’t save your teeth due to advanced gum disease, then implants may be a good option.

At Mullingar Dental Centre we will be offering

FREE Pre-treatment consultations

giving you the chance to find out more, and to discuss any queries you may have about dental implants with an experienced dental professional.

Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants are small, cleverly engineered titanium screws about the size of a tooth root which are used to support the replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. An implant is like an artificial tooth root, and is placed into the jaw bone where a tooth has been lost. One or more implants can be used, depending on the size of the space left after teeth have been lost. After a time of healing (often a few months) an artificial tooth is attached to the implant.

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Dental implants are a proven restorative option with a long clinical history. They preserve the integrity of the facial structure and reduce the inconvenience associated with tooth loss.

Usually the dental implant is restored permanently several weeks after being placed. A temporary replacement tooth can be provided when required; for example with front teeth, where appearance is important.

Not everyone has the right jaw structure for implants. Adequate bone is required for implant placement, and there are some medical contraindications. You need a complete dental examination to find out if implants are right for you. Your gums must be healthy and your jawbone able to support the implants. Talk to us to find out if you should think about dental implants.

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