Dental implants

Dental implants change the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost teeth can regain the ability to function, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that they will be able to smile with confidence.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium screws, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone, which is attracted to the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial replacement teeth.

Why dental implants?

Dental implants offer multiple benefits. They are a stronger and more durable alternative treatment to options like crowns or bridges. Some people who wear traditional dentures experience them slipping or moving around in their mouth, which can make speaking and chewing difficult. With dental implants, patients don’t have to worry about this since the implants are permanently fixed to the jawbone, allowing increased stability of dentures, renewing patients’ self-confidence and peace of mind.

Dental implants are:

Natural: implants look, feel, and function like regular teeth.

Strong: implants do not decay.

Successful: implants have a high success rate, in excess of 95 per cent, when placed properly

They can prevent bone loss

Following successful implant placement, patients can enjoy a lifetime of natural and healthy looking teeth that are comfortable and permanent.

Are you a candidate for implants?

If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. Candidates should be in good health with healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.

Cost

As the treatment plan is tailored specifically for an individual, the treatment cost will vary.

Dr E Ballantyne has a special interest in dental implantology. His practice is located at Grana Oge, Garden Vale, Athlone. Opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9am-5.30pm, and Wednesday and Friday 8am-4pm. Tel (090 ) 6475387, fax (090 ) 6475387, or see www.ballantynedentalpractice.ie

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