Dental Implants Cork

Few things will affect your smile more than a missing tooth, and until recently there were few options to replace a tooth that had been lost or broken. It was either a choice between a bridge or a removable partial denture. Either way could often result in the collapse of the jaw bone due to the lack of tooth root support. This can lead to a sunken facial appearance as well as a damaged smile.

With the use of titanium implants, our Cork dental experts can replace the root of a missing tooth, which can then be used to secure a new tooth. Once completed, they look and have the strength of a real tooth, making them the best solution for both form and function to replace missing teeth.

Tooth Replacement Cork

When replacing a missing tooth, dental implants are an option that must be considered. Dental Implants can provide a natural appearance, feel and stability, even if you are replacing more than one tooth. Unlike a bridge, where sometimes teeth next to the gap need to be cut, dental implants can provide a replacement without risking further problems with healthy teeth in the future. Along with preserving the teeth next to the gap, the dental implants can also stop bone loss, unlike a bridge or denture treatment. Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to melt, which can be stopped by replacing the tooth with a dental implants.

How Dental Implants Work at Dental Options Cork

The first step to replacing a tooth begins with your dentist fitting the implant in the bone, directly in the position where the original tooth root was. This then anchors the new crown when it is attached, after a period of time where the implant can integrate with the rest of the mouth. After three to six months, Dr. Buckley will fit the final restored tooth.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Dental Implants?

A titanium metal screw or rod which is fitted into the jawbone. A dental implants then supports either one or several false teeth. Generally, the false teeth and the metal support are both known as ‘implants’

I Have Some Of My Own Teeth. Can I Still Have Implants?

Yes you absolutely can. The dental implant technique is so versatile that you can replace any number of teeth using implants, from a single missing tooth to a complete arch.

Can Implants Always Be Used To Replace Missing Teeth?

This depends on how healthy your jaw is. Our dentists at Dental Options Cork will arrange for a range of tests to check how much bone is still in your jaw. If there is enough an implant can be used but if not or if the bone is not healthy enough, there may need to be a bone graft in the area first.

Space where tooth is missing.

1st stage of implant is placed in the gum, acting like a natural root

2nd phase Implant is exposed.

Abutment is placed to take the impression for the crown.

Crown is fabricated from the impression.

Crown is cemented in place.

Can I Have The New Teeth Straight Away?

Not immediately. The bone needs to bond with the new implant once it has been fitted, which depending on the person takes at least three months to be secured enough. In the mean time, a temporary restoration will be fitted if you are only having one, two or three teeth replaces. If you already have complete dentures, once they have been adjusted after the surgery they can be worn throughout the healing period as normal.

Are The Teeth Difficult To Clean?

In general, is is no more difficult to clean around the teeth attached to the implants as it is to clean normal teeth. However, there may be problem areas and our team will show you how to clean more difficult areas.

Can I Take The Teeth Out If They Are Fixed To Implants?

Not usually. Most artificial teeth attached to implants are permanent and can only be fitted or removed by your dentist. If you have complete dentures fitted by bars to your dental implants, you should be able to remove them in order to clean them.

Do The Implants Show?

Not when moving your mouth normally. Your dentist will make sure that aesthetically your implants will not show, however you do need to see them in order to clean them properly so they are not completely disguised.

Do I Have An Implant For Each Missing Tooth?

Only if you are only replacing one tooth. Each dental implant can efficiently secure two teeth and therefore only five or six are needed to replace the teeth in one jaw. If there are a few teeth missing, two or three implants can be used.

 

What If I Get Hit In The Face?

An accident can damage or break your implants, much like an accident can break natural teeth. The difference is that if a false tooth is damaged and the remains are left in the bone they can sometimes be harder to fix than natural teeth. Once you have healed, new false teeth can be place next to the broken fragments.

What Happens If The Implant Does Not Bond (Integrate) With The Bone?

It is a rare occurrence but sometimes the implant does not bond with with the jawbone. If the dental implant becomes loose while the implant is healing or very soon after, than it can be removed easily and the mouth will heal as normal. Once the healing process is complete, another implant can be place. Alternative, the dentist can use the false teeth taken for the implant and create a bridge.

Is The Treatment Expensive?

Our prices are available on the fees page, but will generally be between €2500 and €3500. In many situations where implants are necessary, the treatment cost is not much more than a conventional treatment using bridges and crowns.

There are many benefits as well which outweigh the extra expense. A bridge requires the teeth next to a gap to be cut, something which is not necessary when fitting a dental implant. Dentures often affect your speech and eating due to a lack of securing of the dentures themselves. Dentures attached to an implant are as secure as natural teeth.