Dental Implant FAQ’s

This is one of the largest FAQ sections anywhere. We want you to be fully informed. If there is anything we have left out please ask us on info@seapointclinic.ie and we will get you a reply urgently. 

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a man-made root which is gently placed where your tooth root used to be. It can have a crown on top or be used to secure a denture. Read more.

Why should I choose an experienced Implant Dentist?

Dental implants require a dedication to advanced dental techniques and technology. Our dentists have changed the lives of thousands of patients with dental implants and we provide more dental implants than any other clinic in Ireland.

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Are implants safe? How long will they last?

Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. 96 per cent of modern implants last for more than 15 years. If maintained correctly, most people find they last a lifetime. Read more.

Can I have the new teeth straight away?

Sometimes. We like to allow the implants to fuse to the bone for between three and six months and you can wear a denture during this time (which will need to be adjusted). It’s possible to provide fixed teeth on implants from day one with the Teeth in a Day procedure. You can ask your dentist if you are a suitable candidate.

Do implants hurt?

Not at all. Placing of the implants is comfortable and carried out under local anesthetic. We usually recommend some sedation to make the procedure easier for you. You won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Read more.

Can I get fixed teeth on mini-implants?

Mini implants are designed to make a loose denture more secure. They are not usually designed for use with a fixed tooth. They work best on the lower jaw where the bone is strongest.

Are the teeth difficult to clean?

Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. We recommend that you see a trained implant hygienist every three months. If you lost teeth due to gum disease previously, it is important that the new teeth are well maintained.

How long does treatment normally take?

This will depend on your own healing and bone type. You will usually have your final teeth in 4-6 months. This may take longer if we need to grow back bone first. Your dentist will be able to give you a timeline once you have had your consultation.

If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?

If you don’t care for them as advised then it’s possible. You shouldn’t have any problems if you keep them clean and don’t smoke. We recommend you see the implant hygienist regularly to make sure there are no issues.

Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?

Most artificial teeth attached to implants can only be placed and removed by the dentist. They  are generally bonded to the implants or screwed in place. However, if you have a Click-tite denture you will be able to remove it for cleaning. Ask your dentist which is most suitable for you.

Will people know that I have implants?

Your dentist will make sure that the implants won’t show during normal movements of the mouth. You will need to be able to see them to clean them properly.

Do I need have an implant for each missing tooth?

No, unless you’re only having a single tooth replaced. Normally, four to six implants are used to replace all the teeth in one jaw. For a few missing teeth, two or three implants may be used. Generally the more implants placed the better the foundations are. This is particularly important in people with high bite forces and those who grind their teeth in their sleep.

What happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?

This rarely happens, but if the implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after, then it is easily removed and healing takes place in the normal way. Once the jaw has healed, another implant can usually be placed there. Or, your dentist can make a bridge, using the implanted teeth that have ‘taken’.

Dental Implants Patient Guide

If you've been struggling to deal with missing teeth, discover how dental implants can be, quite literally, a life-changing experience. Download our handy guide put together by the dentists at Seapoint Clinic and find out for yourself what life with dental implants is like.

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"I come back every four months to see the hygienist…and everything is great at the moment. I’ve had quite a good experience at the Seapoint Clinic."

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"I come back every four months to see the hygienist…and everything is great at the moment. I’ve had quite a good experience at the Seapoint Clinic."

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James, Westmeath - Dental Implants

“When my golf buddies are munching on their banana sandwiches, I’m tucking into a T-bone steak. I’ve told them all to come to Seapoint Clinic.”

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“When my golf buddies are munching on their banana sandwiches, I’m tucking into a T-bone steak. I’ve told them all to come to Seapoint Clinic.”

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Ann, Dublin - Dental Implants

"I’ve had (my implants) a year now, and they are so much more comfortable than when I had dentures."

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"I’ve had (my implants) a year now, and they are so much more comfortable than when I had dentures."

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Eimear, Dublin - Dental Implants

“Initially I was worried it would look a little bit fake, or that it would be painful, but the whole process has been so simple and there was no pain involved.”

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“Initially I was worried it would look a little bit fake, or that it would be painful, but the whole process has been so simple and there was no pain involved.”

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Carmel, Dublin - Dental Implants

“I enjoyed having my photo taken at my son’s wedding as my confidence has soared since the treatment. I’d be delighted if my experience helped someone take the first step.”

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“I enjoyed having my photo taken at my son’s wedding as my confidence has soared since the treatment. I’d be delighted if my experience helped someone take the first step.”

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Mary, Westmeath - Dental Implants

“The day I went home and kissed my husband denture free was the best day of my life. Thank you Seapoint.”

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“The day I went home and kissed my husband denture free was the best day of my life. Thank you Seapoint.”

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Bernie, Dublin - Dental Implants

"At Seapoint Clinic, there’s no pain at all. I nearly fall asleep when I’m being treated."

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"At Seapoint Clinic, there’s no pain at all. I nearly fall asleep when I’m being treated."

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Geraldine, Clare - Dental Implants

“I visited different practices and I felt that this clinic was the best for me, that’s why I came to Seapoint.”

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“I visited different practices and I felt that this clinic was the best for me, that’s why I came to Seapoint.”

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Martina, Tipperary - Dental Implants

"I left with so much confidence…I have never left feeling anything less than amazing. I wish I had found out about Seapoint Clinic sooner; I would have saved myself a lot of pain and a lot of money."

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"I left with so much confidence…I have never left feeling anything less than amazing. I wish I had found out about Seapoint Clinic sooner; I would have saved myself a lot of pain and a lot of money."

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Mary, Dublin - Dental Implants 

“I felt so comfortable through the whole process and really at ease. I’m so happy with the final outcome too.”

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“I felt so comfortable through the whole process and really at ease. I’m so happy with the final outcome too.”

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Pauline, Dublin - Dental Implants

“Being able to get up in a morning and brush my teeth while they’re still in my mouth is amazing. I go everywhere smiling.”

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“Being able to get up in a morning and brush my teeth while they’re still in my mouth is amazing. I go everywhere smiling.”

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Tony, Dublin - Dental Implants

“I was very happy with my dentist, David, he was a gentleman the whole way through.”

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“I was very happy with my dentist, David, he was a gentleman the whole way through.”

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Can I get implants if I smoke?

Smoking can increase the failure rate of implants and likelihood of problems such as gum recession, bone loss or infection over time. We recommend giving up smoking to reduce the risk of problems, but it is still possible to get implants if you are a smoker. Read more.

How do fixed implants feel in the mouth?

Generally they will feel just like your own teeth. If you have worn a full denture for a long time it will take some time to get used to the new teeth in your mouth. Teeth normally grow slowly over years, so it may take a few weeks to adjust.

Will I need bone grafting?

This will normally be determined at your consultation where a CT scan will show us the bone in 3D. If your bone is not good enough for an implant a bone graft will usually be suggested. In general a bone graft is needed about 20% of the time.

What if I develop a health condition after having dental implants? Will that affect how long they last?

Dental implants are unaffected by most health conditions. In very rare cases problems could occur, but usually as long as the hygiene is good in the mouth the implants should be fine.

I have been taking bisphosphonates for some time. Do I need to mention this before I get dental implants?

This type of medication has been shown to cause some poor bone healing in very rare cases. It is important to discuss with your dentist what you were on and for how long and at what dose. It doesn`t mean you can`t have implants but it is very important you let us know.

What are dental implants made from?

Implants are usually made from titanium. Many implants have now been in the body for 40 years or more so we can be confident in their long term success. At Seapoint we only use titanium implants as they are the most researched types of dental implants.

I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?

Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.

Can I get dental implants if I am pregnant?

It is possible to get dental implants during pregnancy but as it an elective procedure we prefer to wait until after the pregnancy is over.

What is the difference between a screw retained crown and a cement retained crown?

The dental implant is the part which is fused to the bone and placed in the initial surgical visit. Normally a small healing cap is placed through the gum to allow it to heal nicely. After the bone has fused to the implant, a post (abutment) is screwed into the implant and a crown bonded or cemented to the post. This is the most common way of making a tooth. It is also possible to make the abutment and crown from a single piece. There is then a screw hole in the crown which allows it to be held in place. After the crown is screwed in the hole is filled in with a white filling material. On a full lower jaw placement the implants are screw retained and on the upper they are often cemented.

Are there any possible complications with implants?

Implants are generally very trouble free but like with all surgeries, there is a chance issues can occur:

  • Surgical procedure: Any surgical procedure carries risks may include bleeding, swelling, infection, bruising, pain etc. These vary from person to person and on the number of implants being done, where they are being done and the condition of the bone etc. All surgery puts some stress on the body so you need to have normal healing and be in good physical condition.
  • Sedation: This is a very safe procedure and we monitor your oxygen levels and heart rate throughout to ensure risks are kept to a minimum.
  • Teeth: When the implants/teeth go into your mouth it can take some time to adapt. Some manage better than others. It is possible to bite your cheek or tongue and you may have a slight lisp for some time. Nothing is unbreakable and sometimes a tooth on a denture can chip or break, porcelain can fracture and screws can loosen. Complications are higher in people who grind their teeth, in these cases we recommend a wearing a nightguard to reduce complications.

There are other possible complications, which are very rare. If you would like to know more please discuss with your dentist.

Will I get all the treatment in one place?

One of the main reasons people travel to Seapoint Clinic from all over Ireland is because we can carry out a whole range of dental procedures in one place. We have our own CT scanner so we can check bone in 3D and a large team of dentists who can carry out every aspect of your treatment in-house. We also have a dental laboratory on-site so you will never be left without teeth.

Do I need to replace my missing back teeth?

Missing back teeth will put more pressure on the remaining front teeth. They will have to work harder and are more prone to chipping, wear and other issues. Sometimes we will not place an implant only in the front of your mouth if you don’t have back teeth as it may put too much pressure on the front implant.

Do I need to get implants placed in a hospital?

All out implants are placed in the clinic and usually with oral or IV sedation. This is a safer and gentler way of treatment.

What happens if my bone doesn`t grow to the implants?

In the rare event that this happens we will often replace it free of charge. If it isn’t possible to replace, we can often do a bridge or a denture. If you’re getting a full jaw of implants and one fails it is usually still possible to make the teeth on the remaining implants with no replacement.

Dental Implants Patient Guide

If you've been struggling to deal with missing teeth, discover how dental implants can be, quite literally, a life-changing experience. Download our handy guide put together by the dentists at Seapoint Clinic and find out for yourself what life with dental implants is like.

Is the treatment expensive?

Dental implants are only expensive when compared to wearing a denture, although a denture will often need replacing or repairing. They can give you confidence and comfort making them excellent value for money and we’ll provide you with a full breakdown of costs before you make your final decision. We are very competitively priced and you’ll be entitled to tax relief off the cost at 20%.If you have health insurance you may receive certain benefits (subject to prior approval). Read more.

What happens if my bone doesn’t fuse to the dental implant?

In the rare event that this happens we will often replace it free of charge. If it isn’t possible to replace, we can often do a bridge or a denture. If you’re getting a full jaw of implants and one fails it is usually still possible to make the teeth on the remaining implants with no replacement.

I’ve seen adverts for dental implants at €675 and you are quoting €1895. Why is there such a difference?

We cannot explain how other dental practices arrive at their prices but we can suggest that you ask them the following questions before you proceed to treatment:

  • Is that price for my implant fully restored with the crown on it? Many places do not quote for completed work.
  • How many implants has my dentist placed before mine?
  • Is there a guarantee on your work?
  • Is there a minimum number I need to get done to get implants at this lower price?
  • Is the implant itself made by a recognised and experienced manufacturer?
  • Are there any hidden costs, such as surgical fees, component fees etc?
  • Is the implant placed in the surgery in Ireland or will I have to travel?
  • Is the dentist going to be around in the future if there is a problem?
  • What is the quality of your customer service?
  • What is the quality of the physical environment in which the service is delivered?
  • How clean and safe is the practice and the equipment used?
  • Is sedation offered or is there an extra charge?
  • What is your protocol on after-sales care?
  • What happens if something goes wrong?
  • Will I see the same dentist every time?
  • Is there a waiting list?

Take your first confident steps to a full smile today

At Seapoint Clinic we make sure that our patients have all the available information on hand to help them make the choice to regain that beautiful smile. If you would like further information or to book an appointment, please contact us. Our team look forward to hearing from you.