Life after teeth

A dentist operatingUntil about 40 years ago, when people lost their teeth, there was no way of replacing them with something as good as what they had lost. This wasn’t so bad if it was just one or two teeth, but the more teeth they lost, the worse the problems became. But, thanks to the benefits of dental implants in Northern Ireland, people can now get replacement teeth that function just as well as their natural teeth did, and look just as good too.

In Northern Ireland, dental implants are the only way of replacing the whole tooth, root and crown, preserving the jawbone, and keeping all the remaining healthy teeth intact. They are available from various dentists, such as Blue Sky Dentistry.

Dental implants are titanium posts about 1.3cm long. Sometimes they are screw-shaped. They are inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that can be carried out under local anaesthetic.

After carefully planning the location and angle of the implant to avoid nerves and blood vessels and offer maximum support for the crowns that go on top of the implant post, the dentist opens a flap in the gum. They carefully drill a hole into the jawbone, keeping it cool with water so as not to damage the living bone tissue.

The implant is tapped – if it is a post – or screwed into the hole and the gum, covered with a temporary cap to protect the internal screw, and the gum is stitched back in place.

Over the next several weeks, the titanium implant catalyses the bone tissue to grow all over the implant’s surface, so that it will be held in place just like a natural tooth. This is what gives implants their amazing ability to withstand even the strongest of chewing forces.

The dentist can then open up the gum again, and put the required prosthetic crowns into the implant. One implant can support up to three crowns on a bridge, and they can also be used to support customised dentures.

Dental implants in Northern Irelandshould last for decades, provided they are well taken care of with careful brushing to removing plaque and regular visits to the dental hygienist.