Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Have you suffered tooth loss? Want to know if dental implants are the right solution for you? Our convenient overview will give you everything you need to make the right decision for your specific needs.
What are Dental Implants used for?
Dental implants offer an ideal solution to tooth loss. Dental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth or even replace an entirely toothless jaw. Furthermore, they can also be used to retain your denture, making it more secure.
But what Exactly are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are manmade roots that are gently placed into the bone where your tooth used to be. This root can be used as a support for a new tooth or to support a denture. Dental implants have been used successfully for over 40 years and today’s implants are the closest thing to a real tooth that you’ll find.
Dental implants, unlike a bridge or a denture, do not rely on the neighbouring teeth for support, meaning the other teeth are left undamaged. Dental implants are also resistant to decay as they are made from titanium. With correct maintenance, they can last you a lifetime.
The Benefits of Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Dental Implants are the best way to prevent looseness and stop the bone loss that normally occurs with regular dentures. A regular denture sits on the gum and is held in place by suction where it is possible to get a seal. Over time, bone loss will occur in the jawbone and the gums will shrink, meaning that the denture will become loose over time.
Dental Implants, on the other hand, help stop this bone loss in the jaws in the same way that natural teeth do. They are the only way to prevent further bone loss once the teeth are gone.
Many people suffer a great deal of discomfort and embarrassment as a result of loose or ill-fitting dentures, often avoiding social interactions involving food or public speaking as a result of their discomfort.
Click-tite dentures are a great solution for these social and practical problems. We have seen hundreds of people benefit from improved appearance and better chewing capability and comfort with these implant-supported dentures.
It is also often possible to get rid of dentures entirely and to opt for fixed teeth, which you brush in your mouth and do not take out at night. These take up less space in your mouth, with no palate, and are the most comfortable replacement for missing teeth.
The Implant Procedure
One of our primary goals as dental practitioners is to make sure that we alleviate any fears or preconceptions that you may have and make the entire procedure as relaxing as possible.
To place an implant, we gently numb the area. We use some numbing gels to make sure that you are extremely comfortable. Once you are numb, you will not feel any discomfort at all.
Dental implants are placed gently through the gum, close to where the old tooth used to be. Often a small stitch or two will be placed but this will dissolve within 2 weeks. We usually recommend some oral sedation to make the day even more comfortable and to make you feel even more relaxed. You will drift into a gentle slumber and may not even remember the procedure itself. You are then supplied with some antibiotics to help your body heal and keep your mouth clean and healthy.
Am I Suitable for Dental Implants?
There are several different types of dental implants which are designed for different types of situations. For a dental implant procedure to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw, and the bone must be strong enough to both hold and support the implant.
If there is not enough bone we can stimulate and grow the bone in a procedure called bone regeneration. Mini dental implants are also useful with minimal remaining bone and are placed with local anaesthetic in just one hour.
If you are missing a tooth, the sooner you opt for dental implants the better. Every day you are missing a tooth you are losing bone. The more bone you lose the more time and effort it will take to replace.
There is no age limit to getting an implant procedure. We welcome patients from the ages of 18-90 getting dental implants regularly, after accidents, tooth extractions or general tooth loss. If you would like to be able to chew comfortably, smile with confidence and prevent bone loss, Dental Implants are the ultimate solution for you.
At Seapoint Clinic, we have a wide range of implants and can cater for patients with many different requirements. Even if you have been previously told you are unsuitable for dental implants, due to bone loss for example, there are a multitude of options available to you.
Health Insurance & Tax Relief for Your Dental Implants
If you have health insurance and are missing all of your teeth, you will often be covered for a portion or all of the cost of some dental implants on the bottom jaw. Typically, your insurer will make a contribution of approximately €500 per implant to a maximum of 6, when you struggle to wear a denture.
If you are getting micro-implants, this can often completely cover the cost of the treatment. If you are getting standard implants, they will make a significant contribution to the treatment cost. This is subject to prior approval from your insurer. Dental Implants are also covered by tax relief at the marginal rate of 20%, as a medical expense.
Why choose Seapoint Clinic for Dental Implants?
Seapoint Clinic is Ireland’s largest dental implants provider and indeed Ireland’s largest Dental Clinic. Our highly experienced dentists have placed thousands of dental implants successfully. As we focus heavily on dental implants, we are able to provide tooth implant services on a cost effective basis for our patients.
We have a fully equipped laboratory on-site allowing us to make temporary teeth the same day as teeth come out. If there is an emergency we can get it fixed immediately.
Our fees for dental Implants are very competitive and we generally prove less expensive than other practices, both at home and abroad. We are passionate about providing the very best in dental services – utilising the highest quality materials with the most natural looking result.
We adopt the most modern technology and the most trusted methods and techniques to obtain the best possible result for the patient. This allows us to provide solutions to patients who were previously told they were unsuitable for dental implants.
We were the first Dental Clinic outside a hospital to have its own dedicated CT scanner. This allows us to see the bone in 3D so we can tell which type of implants is right for you, and we can start your treatment plan immediately, giving you back your confident smile sooner than you expected.
A Caring Patient Experience
At Seapoint Clinic, we are dedicated to giving all of our patients the very best in customer care. You will always meet with your dentist and nurse at your consultation so you can feel totally at ease with the people taking care of you.
We have dedicated Treatment Co-ordinators who will talk you through every step of the process. They will be onsite to look after you on the day of placement and will be available to answer your follow-up questions once you are back at home. Furthermore we also have a relaxing recovery area where you can stay after the dental implants have been placed.
Our Treatment Co-ordinators can also arrange accommodation for you in a local hotel if you wish to stay nearby before or after treatment. We are located conveniently across the road from the DART train station, which allows access from all over Ireland and is connected to both train and bus stations nationwide. We treat patients from all over Ireland and strive to make sure that you arrive both safely and comfortably.
If you are considering getting dental implants or have any questions relating to the above, then why not get in touch with Seapoint today? Our staff are more than happy to answer any queries that you may have. We want you to feel comfortable with the teeth that you have, so contact us today and let’s see what we can do for you.