Dental implants - at Northumberland Institute of Dental Medicine, Dublin

Dental Implants

Dental implants provide the ultimate solution for missing teeth;
a permanent alternative to dentures.

A dental implant consists of an artificial titanium root which is used to anchor a permanent ceramic crown or removable denture. Dental implants have been used successfully in Ireland for 30 years. We guarantee to use only the best dental implant systems and materials.

Who Needs Dental Implants?

Dental implants provide the ultimate solution for missing teeth; a permanent alternative to dentures. A dental implant consists of an artificial titanium root which is used to anchor a permanent ceramic crown or removable denture.

Single dental implant restoration
Dental implants provide the ultimate solution for missing teeth; a permanent alternative to dentures. A dental implant consists of an artificial titanium root which is used to anchor a permanent ceramic crown or removable denture.

Dental implants have been used successfully in Ireland for 30 years. For 25 of these years the Northumberland Institute of Dental Medicine has been a leading provider of dental implant surgery. We guarantee to use only the best dental implant systems and materials. Using only the highest quality implant materials is hugely important, as in effect, implants become part of your jawbone and should replace the natural root and blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. Titanium is biocompatible and non-allergenic and has been used successfully in implants for hundreds of our patients over the past 20 years.

Dental implants are versatile and may be used in many different situations and circumstances. When natural teeth are lost the bone supporting these teeth begins to resorb – or shrink away – leading to bone loss. Dental implants prevent this bone loss, thus preserving strength, facial features and a more youthful appearance.

Single implant restorationSingle dental implant restoration

In cases where you are missing a single tooth a dental implant and crown may be an ideal solution. Here, an implant is placed which serves as a foundation for a ceramic crown. Using this method neighbouring teeth are not compromised and bone loss that is associated with the missing tooth area is halted.

Supporting dental bridges

Dental implants supporting dental bridges

In cases where a number of adjacent teeth are missing, dental implants may be used to support a   bridge. Here, one or more dental implants are placed and serve as a method of firmly fixing a bridge. Unlike the traditional bridge preparation, which requires supporting teeth to be ground down, this method protects the remaining healthy teeth while also protecting further loss of natural bone associated with tooth loss.

Anchoring dentures

Dental implants anchoring dentures

In cases where many or all teeth are missing, dental implants may be used to anchor a denture. Here, multiple strategically placed dental implants are placed to ensure that the denture is securely attached. A number of treatment options are possible including removable dentures, fixed on an implant bar and screw-retained bridge. Unlike a traditional denture, this method does not require the use of adhesive and ensures more comfort and functionality for the patient.

Dental implant treatmentAt the Northumberland Institute of Dental Medicine, we are committed to providing you with the highest level of care. If you are considering dental implants, we encourage you to come in for a consultation with our dental implants specialists Dr. Anne O’Donoghue, Dr. Breandan O’Niadh or Mr. Gary Leonard, to discuss treatment options. During your consultation you will be assessed for suitability and an appropriate treatment plan will be advised. Treatment varies considerably across patients and depends on a number of factors including oral health, whether single or multiple implants are required, whether any bone/tissue grafting is needed, and healing time required.

Typically following consultation we will schedule your implant placement and follow up appointments. You may be advised to consider sedation options, which will be discussed at the consultation. You will receive comprehensive information regarding your treatment and advised about what to expect. If you have been referred by your dentist, we will maintain strong communication with your general dentist throughout treatment.

Treatment can take between 6 weeks and 6 months depending on the treatment being done.
Following implant placement and a healing phase, you will be recommended to place a crown, bridge or denture (depending on your needs). In some cases this will be conducted by your general dentist or at our clinic by our specialist prosthodontist, Prof. Brian O’Connell.

Here at the Northumberland Institute of Dental Medicine we guarantee to use only the leading dental implant systems. We are pleased to be providers of Straumann, Nobel Bio-care, BioHorizons and Biomet 3i systems. The grounding of these systems in scientific research and success in our long-term patients are a testament to their quality. Please refer to their websites for further details.

Pre-operative advice

It is advisable you attend your appointment 30 mins prior to the procedure. It is important to inform us of any change in medical history. If you are suffering from a cold sore or any flu symptoms resulting in a nasal blockage you will need to contact the clinic immediately as this will affect the surgical procedure.

 

One week before surgery:
It is advisable that you supplement your diet with the following:
• 500 mg of Vitamin C
• Multivitamins

On the day of surgery:
1. Remove all make-up
2. If you are having the procedure with Local Anaesthetic only, it is advisable to eat2 hours prior to surgery
3. Take all medication as prescribed. Both antibiotics and painkillers will be prescribed, if you notice any unusual reaction please contact the clinic at 01 6688441.
4. Arnica 30 concentration, take 2 tablets three times a day for 1-2 weeks post-surgery [to help with bruise prevention]. Arnica is available from any health shop, homeopathic shop & some chemists.
5. In order to reduce swelling post-surgery you will need to ice pack 20 mins out of every hour that day so it is advisable to have ice packs prepared in advance.

If you are having the procedure with IV Sedation you will need to follow the instructions below:

• It is vital that you fast 5 hours prior to surgery (includes fluids & food)

You must prepare for the following:
• You will need to provide an escort to take you home
• Refrain from driving for the rest of the day
• Defer any responsible or complicated task or any decision requiring fine judgment for the remainder of the day
• Refrain from drinking any alcohol beverages for 2 days
• You will be tired for the remainder of the day and are requested to rest

 

Post-operative advice

1. It is advisable that you take Arnica 30 concentration. Two tablets should be taken three times a day for 2-3 weeks [to help with bruise prevention]. Arnica is available from any health shop, homeopathic shop & some chemists.

2. In order to reduce swelling post-surgery you will need to place an ice pack over your chin or cheekbones (depending on the surgical site) 20 mins out of every hour for 48 hours post surgery so it is advisable to have ice packs prepared in advance.

3. Do not rinse out today, from tomorrow rinse with warm salty mouth washes (3 teaspoons of salt in a glass of warm water) after every meal and early morning and late evening. Continue as directed at least one week post surgery. You should be able to brush the rest of your teeth as normal. Do not attempt to brush the surgery site.

4. You will need to alternate the salt with Corsodyl mouth wash 48 hours after the surgery and continue both until advised.

5. Take all medication as prescribed. Both antibiotics and pain killers will be prescribed, if you notice any unusual reaction please contact the clinic. If antibiotics are prescribed take as directed. Always complete the course as prescribed.

6. If you have a denture it is advisable to wear the denture as little as possible, follow the instructions as given in the surgery. It is important not to traumatize the wound, especially if a graft has been placed.

7. Do not exert yourself for the next 48 hours. If you are having a single implant you may be able to return to normal activities the day after surgery.

8. There may be some post-operative discomfort when anaesthesia wears off. Please take all medication as prescribed unless advised otherwise. Contact the clinic if required. It is advised to take the painkillers even if not in pain as they help to reduce any swelling that may be experienced.

9. Do not brush or floss for 24hrs. After that, brush area of surgery very lightly and carefully until stitches are removed unless further instructions are given. Resume normal flossing and brushing in the other areas.

10. There is usually only a minimal amount of bleeding. We will give you some sterile packs to take home. If you notice any bleeding, moisten the packs with previously boiled water and place over the area. Apply constant pressure for one hour. If the wound continues to bleed, please contact the clinic.

11. The implants are placed into bone and the gum is sutured over the Implants. It is very important that this heals properly during the first two weeks after surgery.

12. The sutures will be removed 12 – 14 days after surgery. Follow-up visits will be arranged.

13. It is advisable for long term oral hygiene maintenance of the implant that you use a Water Pik Irrigator.

Diet Advice
→ Take a soft nutritious diet – avoid hard or brittle foods which might disturb the extraction site e.g. seeds, nuts etc.
→ Do not eat for approx 2 hours until the sensation is back in the area of surgery.
→ Do not drink alcohol for 48 hours or very hot beverages for 24 hours.
→ Discontinue smoking for as long as possible. Smoking delays the healing of the surgical site and may compromise the long-term prognosis.

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