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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

A Dental Implant is a titanium rod that is surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gums that is designed to hold a false tooth, crown or dental bridge in place.

One dental implant can support one or more replacement teeth. Should you need to have all your teeth replaced you would need at least six implants in the upper jaw and to between 4-6 implants in your lower jaw.

Preparing for dental implant surgery

Before your surgery your dentist will discuss in detail with you what will happen before, during and after your dental implant surgery so that you fully understand the procedure. If necessary you will have an X-ray or a CT scan so that your dentist can check the thickness of your jawbone and the location of other structures within your mouth.

What happens during dental implant surgery?

Once the anesthetic has been administered and taken effect, your dentist will make an incision into your gum, then drill a small hole in your jawbone into which the dental implant will fit.

Immediate dental implants

Should you need to have any teeth removed before your Dental Implant Surgery, it may be possible for your dentist to perform what is known as an ‘Immediate Dental Implant’. This involves removing the tooth and immediately placing the Dental Implant into your tooth socket.

Immediate-delayed dental implants

In most cases the Dental Implant will be fitted after a few weeks. This is known as an ‘Immediate-Delayed Dental Implant.

Delayed dental implants

Occasionally it may be necessary to wait until several months after the tooth has been removed and the jawbone has had time to heal, before fitting the Dental Implant. This is known as a ‘Delayed Implant’.

Immediate and delayed implants can be performed in either one or two stages.

In One-Stage Dental Implant Treatment, the implant rod and the abutment that connects the implant to the false tooth are fitted at the same time.

In Two-Stage Dental Implant Treatment, the implant rod is buried beneath the gum whilst your bone heals (it is not visible in the mouth). After a few months a small operation to attach the abutment is performed.

It may be possible for artificial teeth to be attached on the day the Dental Implant Surgery is performed. However in most cases you will need to wait 3-8 months in order to allow your mouth to heal.

Your dentist may fit you with partial dentures or a temporary bridge so the spaces between your remaining teeth are not visible. Complete dentures may be adjusted so that you can continue to wear them throughout this time.

After your mouth and gums have healed, it may be necessary to undergo a second, smaller surgical procedure to uncover the gum over the top of the dental implant. Your new artificial teeth will then be fitted onto the dental implant. The teeth may be permanently fixed in place, or attached in a way that will allow removal for cleaning. Your dentist will make sure that they are properly fitted, feel comfortable and match your other teeth.

Will I feel any pain during the dental implant surgery?

In order to ensure that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure, Dental Implant Surgery is normally performed under local anesthesia. This allows you to remain awake throughout the Dental Implant Surgery, but without feeling any pain. Nervous patients may choose to have a sedative to reduce anxiety.

In rare cases it may be necessary for the Dental Implant Surgery to be performed under general anesthetic, in which case you will have the treatment done in a hospital and be asleep during the operation.

Recovering from dental implant surgery

The time it will take to recover from your Dental Implant Surgery can vary depending on your treatment plan, so it is important that you follow your dentist’s advice.

Once you have recovered from the procedure, your Dental Implants and replacement teeth should function as natural teeth do in terms of eating.

If you need pain relief, you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. In some cases you may be prescribed antibiotics and an antiseptic mouthwash to reduce the risk of your Dental Implant becoming infected.

Should you damage your Dental Implant, in most cases it will be possible for it to be removed and replaced. If this is not possible, it can be safely left in your jaw and another Dental Implant will be placed alongside it.

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To book an appointment for Dental Implants call:
Park Clinic Dental 01 2853666
Knocklyon Dental 01 4936909