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niamh boyle | oral surgery | implant dentistry
BA BDent Sc MFD FFD(OSOM) RCSI

FAQ'S DENTAL IMPLANTS

WHY HAVE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
People lose teeth all the time, either through trauma (when teeth are knocked out) or due to decay, gum disease or age. Whatever the reason for losing your teeth, they need to be replaced, both for aesthetic and functional reasons. Implant dentistry is the most advanced therapy available to replace missing teeth. Dental implant restorations generally look, feel and act like natural teeth, they provide a longer-term solution, slow down bone loss and preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue. Dental implants are made from titanium, a material that is well tolerated by bone and integrates easily with bone tissue.

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What factors contribute to long-term success of Dental Implants?

Long-term success depends on multiple factors.  First off, success will depend on the quality and quantity of bone.  The better the bone and the more available, the greater the chance of long-term success.  And secondly, the quality of the restoration placed on top of the implant will play a big role in long-term success.  If the design of the implant crowns or overdentures are poorly constructed, and biting forces are not balanced, even the best-placed dental implant will have a compromised survival rate.

Are there any age limitations for dental implants?

No.  Any person at any age can have dental implants as long as there is enough bone available in which to place the implants.

What might be some of the factors that would prevent me from being a dental implant candidate

There are some medical factors that might prevent a person from being a good candidate for dental implants.  Some of these may be uncontrolled diabetes, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, parathyroid disorders, blood disorders, rare bone disorders or bone marrow cancer. Some physical factors may include insufficient or poor quality bone, low sinuses or nerve bundles. These will always be discussed on assessment

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How often will I need to have my dental implants checked?

The success of your implants will depend greatly on how well you maintain them.  They will need to be professionally cleaned by a hygienist and examined by your implant dentist every three to four months. Also, brushing and flossing daily is absolutely necessary for long-term success.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

No.  An effective local anesthetic is used during the surgery so that you do not have any discomfort during the placement of the implants.  The mild discomfort you might experience after surgery can be controlled with medications. We also offer treatment under IV sedation for anxious patients.

When can I return to work after implant surgery?

You can go to work the next day, unless some particular surgical circumstance arises.  Your dental surgeon will discuss all postoperative instructions with you.

Are Implants successful?

Dental Implants are highly successful with success rates as high as 95%.

How long will implants last?

Depending on each specific case, dental implants can last for many years. On occasion, the implants, artificial teeth or crowns may need to be replaced.

 How much do dental implants cost?

The price of dental implants tends to vary considerably and depends on several factors, including the type of implant used, the amount of work required and the number of implants required.

Your dental surgeon will discuss the cost at length with you on consultation.

Although dental implants may sometimes have a higher initial cost, when all the ongoing expenses of other treatment options are added up, most people would agree that implants are more than worth it!

When you contrast the time investment that dental implant therapy requires versus the repeated office visits required for adjustments, special cleanings and replacements for partial dentures and bridges, it is easy to imagine how much better life can be with dental implants.

Am I a suitable candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants can be placed in patients of any age (with fully developed jawbones), provided that they have a sufficient quantity and quality of bone tissue available. Most healthy individuals that maintain a good oral hygiene program are suitable candidates for dental implants.

How will I know if I have enough bone for implants?

Using a combination of dental X-rays and somethimes a CT scan, your bone density and volume can be assessed, and information about nearby anatomical structures to avoid (such as nerves) can also be gathered.

What if I don’t have enough bone for dental implants?

Your dental surgeon will discuss possible options with you on consultation.The alternatives for replacing missing teeth include dentures and bridges. However, there are various bone-grafting and tissue-regeneration procedures that can be carried out to enable treatment with dental implants: