What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium. They are used to replace missing teeth or to anchor a removable denture.
Titanium is biocompatible and non-allergenic and bond or fuse to the bone, thus becoming a part of the body.
Dental implants can be used to replace teeth with fixed or removable false teeth.
Implant Crowns or Bridges or retained dentures?
A crown is cemented or screwed onto the individual implant where a tooth has been lost as it would be for a natural tooth crown being attached to the root of a natural tooth.
The bridges is supported only by implants where there are no teeth, replacing anything from two teeth to the entire arch of teeth. You require as many implants as is necessary to hold the arch.
Two or more implants are used to secure the denture by means of studs magnets or even a metal bar like a small piece of rail track.
An implant retained denture is highly secure and provides the wearer with the added advantage of improved taste as the part of the denture covering the roof of the mouth can be left out. (in the upper jaw) Speech is also improved.
Again a fixed tooth crown is screwed into the implant. Where two or more teeth side by side are missing, the replacement teeth are linked together to form a ‘bridge’ which is also screwed into two or more implants.
For some patients, dentures are just not a plausible solution to tooth loss, due to soreness and/ or gagging. The ideal solution for such patients is a full-jaw bridge which is also screwed into 4 or more implants, and is fixed into the mouth.
Before any surgical implant placement can proceed a thorough assessment is required in order to establish that you are a candidate for the placement of dental implants. The dentist needs to establish that your bone is of sufficient strength and density to accept and support an implant. You need to have been deemed “dentally fit” for the placement of implants (i.e. that you have no active or untreated dental disease).
To establish this, we can arrange an appointment with Dr Murnaghan. He will assess your dental health initially and explain your options in person and then in writing through a detailed, personalised, graphical treatment plan. This will also ensure you have no contraindications to the procedure such that treatment could be scheduled.
The timeframe for an implant is approx. 4 – 6 months depending on your assessment and a more precise timeframe will be provided after assessment.
Implant assessment costs €75.00 to ensure your suitability or not for the proceedure. The guide cost per implant is in the region of €2000 per implant. Other charges may be applied if a more complex procedure to place the implant is needed (e.g. sinus lift) or if a specialised implant (e.g. implant retained denture) is needed. However each implant case can differ and so cost will be assessed on a case by case basis following clinical assessment.