Missing a Tooth? What Are The Consequences?

If you’ve lost one of your teeth due to injury or decay then there are various reasons to be looking for tooth replacement options such as a dental implant. At Belfast’s Blue Sky Dentistry, we have been placing dental implants for several years and our patients tell us that they are so pleased they made the decision to opt for implants.

Dental Implants Northern IrelandA missing tooth can have far reaching effects. The first thing that springs to mind is the unsightly gap which the missing tooth leaves behind, but if the missing tooth is in the rear of your jaw, then you may not be too bothered. However, there are several other outcomes which you may not be aware of and which really need to be addressed.

Teeth are vital for a person to be able to chew their food properly and even the loss of a single tooth can present problems. As well as losing the chewing ability of the lost tooth, the opposing tooth also becomes non-functional since it has nothing to chew against. What happens when one tooth is missing is that it can cause the forces absorbed by all the teeth to be transferred unevenly amongst the other teeth causing wear and tear on neighbouring teeth which will eventually damage them.

Teeth also use their roots to promote bone volume and stability in the jaw. When a tooth root is missing it causes the bone in that area to fade away in a process known as resorption. If that root is never replaced then bone loss will steadily continue and may lead to other teeth in that vicinity loosening and falling out.

Surrounding teeth both opposite and next to the missing tooth may also start to shift and move closer to the space causing a misalignment in a person’s bite as well as making it harder for them to keep their teeth clean.

Teeth are also involved when you speak and depending on where your tooth is missing, this can compromise your speech too.

Fortunately, an implant dentist in Belfast or elsewhere in Northern Ireland can solve all of these issues. A dental implant is the only device which replaces the entire tooth structure of the missing tooth, and not just the crown. When an implant is placed, the surrounding bone fuses with it to create a permanent bond between the body and the implant and replacing the missing root. Because of their design they look and function just as a natural tooth.

If you’ve lost a tooth then it’s important to start planning its replacement as soon as you can before any jaw erosion takes place. This is extremely important for those patients considering a dental implant in Northern Ireland, since the success of an implant depends on there being sufficient bone depth to sustain the implant. Call us right away on 028 9068 7722 to book a free initial consultation and kick-start the proceedings. Alternatively you can visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com for further information.

Dental Implants – What Is Their Success Rate?

According to the most recent research results the success rate of dental implants in Northern Ireland and elsewhere in the UK is approximately 98%. However, it’s important to realise that each patient is different and each case is unique, so every implant procedure needs to be approached as such. There are certain factors which can lengthen or shorten the life of your dental implants. So let’s take a look:

Dental Implants Northern IrelandTo further the chances of long-term dental implant success you’ll need to partner both with your general dentist and your oral surgeon throughout the process. Here at Blue Sky Dentistry if you’re considering a dental implant in Belfast, then we offer a free initial consultation during which we’ll discuss your medical history in detail so that we can review any medical conditions which could present a problem or complicate your treatment. For example, active or uncontrolled diabetes, metabolic bone diseases, active gum disease, smoking, and certain medications will all need to be taken into account during the planning phase. If you take blood thinners or insulin then you must disclose this information to the surgeon. Each case is reviewed on its own merits and if any additional dental procedures or medical treatment are required, then these options will be explored.

Once an implant is placed into the jaw, then the surrounding bone fuses biologically with the titanium post in a process known as osseointegration. This forms a permanent relationship between your body and the implant. It will also serve as a sturdy anchor for the prosthetic crown to be attached to. If proper osseointegration fails to take place then the implant will become loose and eventually fall out.

The success rate of your dental implant also depends on the level of commitment that you’re prepared to give. The duration of the treatment from the initial consultation to the final restoration can take anywhere from a few months to in excess of a year. Maintaining good oral hygiene, keeping all your scheduled appointments, and sticking closely to your oral surgeon’s post-surgery instructions, will all increase the odds of a successful outcome.

The time and effort is considerable but given the level of financial investment and the benefits of having your winning smile restored, then surely it’s a price worth paying? Your confidence will be lifted and who knows what new doors your smile may open.

To find out more about your options for dental implants in Belfast, why not give us a call on 028 9068 7722 to book a free initial consultation. You’ll get to meet Dr Rory McEnhill who will answer any questions and have a look at our facilities. Alternatively you can email us via our website at www.blueskydentist.com. We look forward to meeting you at the clinic.

Dental Implant Treatment – Will Receding Gums Affect Me As A Candidate?

If you’re considering dental implants in Northern Ireland, then you’re certainly not alone. Here at Blue Sky Dentistry we are placing more and more dental implants as patients are attracted to them because they’re more durable than dentures or bridges and look extremely natural. One of the questions that we’re often asked is whether receding gums affect the possibility of a person being a suitable candidate for dental implants.

Dental Implants BelfastWhilst a patient won’t be deemed unsuitable because they have receding gums, it needs to be understood that the conditions which created the gums to recede in the first place can also present a challenge for a person wanting dental implants. The success of a dental implant depends on it being placed in a healthy mouth and in sufficiently dense bone. Gum disease is a major concern as far as implants are concerned and receding gums are an indication of the first signs of gum disease. If periodontitis is present (uncontrolled gum disease) then more often than not bone loss may have occurred and this will have to be dealt with before the oral surgeon considers placing implants.

Even if receding gums haven’t been the result of gum disease it can still leave the jawbone vulnerable to oral bacteria. Bone atrophy can mean that it’s not possible to go ahead with conventional implant placement and as a result it may be necessary for the surgeon to carry out a bone graft to give the bone in the jaw a boost. This can raise the cost of the implant, lengthen the duration of the treatment, and may impact on the success of the implant. Additionally ongoing gum recession could lead to the surface of the dental implant becoming visible, and this is exactly the opposite of the look which a patient is trying to achieve!

If you’ve got receding gums then we may decide to carry out a bone graft before placing dental implants. The teeth will be thoroughly cleaned to get rid of any remaining bacteria and then  soft tissue will be removed from elsewhere in the mouth and sutured into the prospective implant site. If a patient has already suffered bone loss then they too would need a bone graft to improve their chances of bone implant success. This would involve additional bone material being placed into the jawbone to be able to offer support to the implant.

Achieving and maintaining a good level of oral hygiene both before and after dental implants in Belfast or anywhere in Northern Ireland, is vital to implant success and in order to protect your investment. We recommend brushing after every meal along with daily flossing and six monthly professional cleaning.

To find out more about dental implants in Belfast, then give Blue Sky Dentistry a call on 020 9068 7722 to book a free consultation. Receding gums don’t have to mean that you can’t at some point undergo dental implant treatment. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com for more information.

Dental Implant Specialist – How to Choose Yours

If you’re interested in dental implants in Northern Ireland or anywhere in the UK for that matter, then one of the reasons for you choosing this option of tooth replacement is probably because of its longevity and the fact that when cared for properly, implants can last for decades. It’s for this reason that it’s important to choose a professional who is highly experienced and qualified to place your dental implants.

Dental Implants Northern IrelandDental implant placement takes place under surgery and is fairly common place these days and you’ll find a vast number of dental clinics offering dental implants in Belfast. However, as with all surgeries there is a chance of complications arising such as sensory nerves and sinus cavities which need a specialist’s training in order for them to be avoided or treated if any problems were to arise. Dental implants are currently not recognised as a speciality in medicine or dentistry, and a “dental implant specialist” is just a term that is used to describe a dentist who has a lot of experience in the field of implantology.

Here at Blue Sky Dentistry, Dr Rory McEnhill graduated in 2001 from Queens University, Belfast and then undertook extensive post-graduate training in London, completing a Diploma in Restorative Dentistry at the Eastman Institute. In addition he gained a Masters Degree in restorative and aesthetic dentistry from the University of Manchester. Rory is an award-winning dentist and was awarded the Best Dentist under 35 Award by his peers, both in 2010 and 2013 in Northern Ireland at the UK Dentistry Awards. He is also a mentor/tutor for implants, working closely with Ankylos who are one of the leading implant companies in the market. As a result it’s fair to say that you really are in safe hands when you choose Blue Sky Dentistry as your preferred choice for dental implant treatment.

When researching dental implant practitioners you should always look into their background, memberships and qualifications. Don’t be afraid to ask how many implant patients they’ve treated and what their success rate is. They should also be able to show you before and after pictures from previous patients. Dental implants are a hefty investment, and as with any investment you should do your homework before going ahead with it.

If you’d like more information about dental implants in Belfast, and Blue Sky Dentistry in particular, then please don’t hesitate to call us on 028 9068 7722 to book a free initial consultation. Or alternatively you can email Dr Rory McEnhill via our website at www.blueskydentist.com. We look forward to welcoming you as a new patient.

Dental Implants – Am I Still A Candidate If I’ve Worn Dentures for Years?

If you’ve worn dentures for many years then you probably know from firsthand experience that over time the shape of your jaw alters and your once snug fitting dentures become loose. Rather than being functional, they start to become an annoyance which not only makes it difficult for you to eat and speak clearly, but can also rub your gums and make them extremely sore.

Dental Implants BelfastYour jawbone changes shape because once teeth and their roots are missing, the bone which once surrounded those teeth is no longer stimulated and as a result starts to wear away in a process known as resorption. This is why you need to have your dentures regularly adjusted for fit. Dental implants, on the other hand, are placed directly into the jaw bone and replicate the full structure of a natural tooth, including the root. This in turn stabilises the jaw and means that implants become a stable and permanent fixture which if cared for properly can last a patient’s lifetime. However, for implants to be successful they need to placed into a sufficient depth and width of bone and if you’ve already lost a lot of bone through wearing dentures, then it’s a reasonable assumption that you may not be a suitable candidate for dental implants. Here at Blue Sky Dentistry, our dentist in Belfast are very experienced in the matter of dental implants and we can offer a strategy to help long term denture wearers who are considering switching to dental implants.

Bone tends to wear away faster at the rear of the jaw which means that the bone is usually denser at the front. Because of this, our experienced implant dentist can place the implants strategically to maximise the densest bone that is available. Utilising a technique known as All-on-4, just 4 implants can be positioned at the front of the jaw and this will be used to anchor an arch of prosthetic teeth. With this method, most patients who have suffered significant jaw atrophy can benefit from dental implants.

Even in cases where the All-on-4 technique is not appropriate, another solution in the form of a bone graft may be offered. This is a fairly simple procedure whereby bone material often taken from the chin or hip, is placed into the proposed implant site to give the remaining bone a boost. Once the patient has healed, then the implant procedure can go ahead. Naturally this will involve an additional cost and it will lengthen the proposed treatment time line, but the results are well worth it.

If you’ve had your dentures for a long time, don’t dismiss the thought of having dental implants in Belfast. Instead why not give us a call on 028 9068 7722 to book a free initial consultation. We’ll be able to discuss your options and answer any questions. Alternatively visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com  where you can email your questions to Dr. Rory McEnhill.

How Dental Implants Can Lower Long-Term Dental Costs

Dental Implants in Northern Ireland are rapidly growing in popularity as more people are seeking them as a solution to missing teeth. However, many people looking for options to their missing teeth may consider the price of implants to be out of their reach.

Dental Implants Northern IrelandIf you’re considering a dental implant in Belfast, or any part of Northern Ireland for that matter, then it’s important to evaluate the costs in comparison with other forms of tooth replacement. It’s important to look at them from a long-term perspective. Dental implants are considerably more durable than alternatives such as dentures or bridges, and if well looked after can last a person their lifetime.

Dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone during a surgical procedure, which gives these devices their superior stability. Over time, the bone surrounding the titanium implant post fuses with it in a process known as osseointegration. This means that the post takes on the role of the missing tooth root which means that the implant itself replicates the entire tooth structure and not just the visible crown. Not only does the implant present a solution to a missing tooth, but it also stabilises the jaw and prevents bone loss from occurring. Devices such as dentures and bridges do not have this ability to prevent bone loss and so, after time, the jawbone starts to wear away.

As a result of bone loss occurring, dentures and bridges lose their fit as the shape of the patient’s jawbone changes. This means more visits to the dentist and additional costs to have the devices realigned or replaced. Dental bridges and crowns are prone to decay and it’s this recurring decay which is one of the main reasons why bridges tend to fail on average after around 10 years. Dental implants and their crowns, on the other hand, aren’t subject to decay which is why they can last a lifetime in the right conditions.

Any dentist in Belfast who regularly places dental implants will tell you that another advantage of implants is that they don’t impact neighbouring teeth. A fixed bridge will mean grinding down the adjacent teeth and sacrificing healthy teeth. In addition to a receding jawbone, this can also put those teeth at risk too. It’s also easier to care for your dental implants since they simply require regular brushing and flossing, plus six month dental checkups as you would your natural teeth.

Here at Blue Sky Dentistry we offer a variety of finance options to help you spread the cost of your dental implants since we understand the need for our patients to stay in budget. If you’d like to learn more about dental implants in Belfast then why not give us a call on 028 9068 7722 to book a free initial consultation or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com. We look forward to meeting you.

Dental Implants In Northern Ireland – Look and Feel Youthful Again

At Blue Sky Dentistry we’ve been placing dental implants in Northern Ireland for many years. Because of this, we’ve had a multitude of patients comment to us about how much younger they look and feel, after treatment. The truth is that dental implant surgery not only makes a huge difference to a person’s appearance but it can also improve their overall health and well-being too. Let’s take a look at how.

Dental Implants Northern IrelandMakes for a fuller mouth

When teeth are missing, it can bring about a gaunt appearance complete with sagging or pinched in cheeks. As dental implants are firmly secured into the gap left by your missing teeth they can quickly give the appearance of a much fuller mouth making you look instantly younger.

Improves confidence

Many people who experience missing teeth are very self-conscious. More often than not they’ll cover their mouths whilst speaking, suppress laughter, and even withdraw from social situations altogether. Because of this, an experienced implantologist in Northern Ireland can make all the difference. They have the skill to be able to perfectly fit implants that not only look great, but are colour-matched exactly to a patient’s natural teeth. The result is a look that’s as near perfect as modern dentistry allows. In fact many dentists say that if implants are fitted correctly, it can be very hard for anyone to even tell the difference. For the implant wearer the effects are immediate. They’re now able to crack a beaming smile safe in the knowledge that they have great looking teeth which in turn acts as a boost for those flagging confidence levels.

Encourages a better dietary choice

Anyone who’s undergone a dental implant in Northern Ireland from an experienced implant dentist will know that they are able put full trust in their teeth once again. This means that a patient can now eat what they like without fear of damaging their teeth or dentures further, and ultimately this gives them a wider range of foods to eat which may in turn lead to better and healthier dietary choices.

If you want to find out more about just how undergoing treatment for a dental implant in Belfast can improve your overall look and well-being, then contact Blue Sky Dentistry on 028 9068 7722 or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com today. Our experienced team are standing by to help.

4 Dental Implant Misconceptions You Really Need To Know

Once a patient has decided on dental implants in Northern Ireland, it’s understandable that they might get a little anxious and nervous. For those who do, some anxiety will be down to popular misconceptions that they might read or hear about before treatment. For this reason we thought that it would be a good idea to expose some of them. Let’s take a look.

Dental Implants Northern IrelandThe surgical process is painful

Modern-day dentistry is all about delivering pain-free treatment and this includes dental implants. Generally here at Blue Sky Dentistry the majority of our patients are amazed at how painless the procedure is. For those who are particularly anxious and nervous, we use carefully controlled and monitored conscious sedation techniques which puts the patient in a relaxed, care-free but conscious state.

The recovery process is long

There is often some confusion over what’s classed as the recovery process. If the recovery process is referring to the osseointegration (natural bone fusion) process which has to take place for the implant to be successful, then this can take 2-4 months depending upon the individual. This process is completely painless and patients can happily go about their daily routine whist this occurs. However if we’re talking about actual recovery from surgery, this happens relatively quickly. In fact it’s not unusual for those with just one or two implants to be back to work within 2 days of the surgery. Patients can also expect to be eating and drinking normally anywhere between 3-10 days, depending upon the number of implants they have. If there is a little post-surgery bruising and swelling (which doesn’t occur in everyone) it can normally be kept under control using standard over-the counter pain killers such as paracetamol and aspirin.

I’ll be left with posts in my mouth during the treatment process

If you undergo dental implant treatment in Belfast, the process can take 6-9 months from start to finish. However this doesn’t mean that during this time a patient will be left with titanium posts as teeth. On the contrary any dentist in Belfast who fits dental implants will make and fit temporary crowns so that the patient is never left with posts or gaps in place of teeth.

When you have a dental implant in Northern Ireland it can last a lifetime

This is a very popular misconception. Instead there should be no guarantees that dental implants can last a lifetime as there are way too many factors that can have a direct impact on implant longevity. That said, what we do know is that the very first implant patient (A Swedish man called Gösta Laarson) had his fitted in 1965 and they were still going strong right up until his death in 2006, some 41 years later.

If you want to find out more about how having dental implants in Belfast can truly benefit you, then you need to speak to Blue Sky Dentistry. Book your free consultation to discuss your options by visiting our website at www.blueskydentist.com or alternatively contact us on 028 9068 7722.

Dental Implant Treatment in Belfast – 3 Vital Points

Whether you consider treatment for dental implants in Belfast, or indeed anywhere else in the UK, then it isn’t a decision that you should take lightly. That said, more and more people are recognising the real benefits that they offer and according to the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) over 10,000 were fitted last year in the UK alone. With this in mind, what do you need to consider before jumping in with both feet.

Evaluating the costs

Dental Implants BelfastThe first thing you should think about if you’re swinging towards dental implant treatment is the cost factor. There’s no denying that dental implants don’t come cheap. There are many reasons for this and include the costly materials used in the manufacturing of the implant itself, the experience and training of the dental implant dentist needed to place them, and the costs for the ongoing process as a whole. That said, what you need to consider is that unlike any other form of tooth replacement, dental implants are a near permanent solution. They have a life span far in excess of dentures and bridges and have been known to last 40 years or more. Therefore costs are more likely to be a ‘one-off’ payment. Dentures on the other hand have to be replaced every 5-15 years and in addition the ongoing costs of cleaning agents and fixatives will also need to be taken into account.  In essence if you’re paying a visit to an experienced dental implant dentist in Belfast, you need to look at it as a long-term investment in your oral and overall health, and not just a short term fix.

Surgical process

Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants are completely self-supporting. This means that they don’t rely on other structures such as the gums or other teeth to make them stable. Instead they’re implanted directly into the jawbone. Needless to say, this requires surgery. Modern dentistry means that for most people, the implantation process is carried out using pain-free methods, but it’s still surgery nonetheless. In addition certain types of implant require several surgical visits as they’re made up of several component parts, all of which need recovery time in between placement. Although in most cases recovery time is swift, there may well be other procedures such as bone grafting, or sinus lifting that will have to be carried out prior to implant placement.

Not a ‘fit and forget’ replacement

When you undergo treatment for a dental implant in Northern Ireland or any other area in the UK, you’ll need to be aware that unlike dentures, implants aren’t a ‘fit and forget’ option. In the early days especially, dental implants require a high level of care on the part of the wearer as they are prone to attack from bacteria. This means thorough and regular brushing and flossing. Failing to do this could result in implant failure and although only around 5-8% of all implants fail, it can and does happen. Therefore if you want them to last, there needs to be a lifelong commitment of care by both you and your dentist.

All things considered, dental implants change lives! They not only have the ability to change the overall look of your smile but they can also vastly improve your oral health and your overall well-being. Here at Blue Sky Dentistry we’ve been placing dental implants in Northern Ireland for many years and have seen firsthand the real benefits that they can bring. Why not visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com or contact us on 028 9068 7722 to discuss your tooth replacement options.

Dental Implants In Northern Ireland – Do They Prevent Further Bone Loss?

If you’re considering undergoing treatment to fit a dental implant in Northern Ireland then you’ve probably already done some research. This being the case, you’ll probably be aware that they are the most sophisticated long term solution to replacing missing teeth. However, there’s one other major benefit that you may or may not know about and this is that dental implants have the ability to prevent any further bone loss in the jaw. So what exactly does this mean and how does dental implant treatment stop this process?

Dental Implants Northern IrelandIn order to explain this, we have to go back to when a tooth is first missing…

The moment a tooth is lost the bone tissue that once supported the tooth root is no longer stimulated. As such it starts to dissolve in a process known as resorption. Over time bone resorption may result in the loss of other teeth and can change the shape of your jaw. This is why in some people the features around the face appear pinched in and sunken, giving them the appearance that they are older than their years.

If you are considering dentures, then they may well improve the aesthetic look of your teeth but they won’t halt the bone resorption process. This is why dentures have to be regularly adjusted to fit the ever-changing shape of your jaw. Eventually when they can no longer be adjusted, then they’ll need to be replaced. This can occur in as little as 5-10 years. Moreover, because dentures sit on the gum line, the everyday actions of chewing and eating put added pressure on your jaw and can often exacerbate the resorption process.

So how exactly can undergoing treatment for a dental implant in Belfast help?

Unlike dentures, and as the name suggests, dental implants are ‘implanted’ or embedded directly into the jaw. Because they are made from titanium the surrounding bone tissue is attracted to them. So much so in fact that over a period of time (somewhere between 2-6 months) bone tissue starts to merge and fuse with it. This is a process known as osseointegration which is vital to the success of dental implants as it creates a rock-steady platform upon which to place the dental crown. As a result, not only is the resorption process halted, but to a certain extent the process is then reversed as osseointegration takes place.

If you want to find out more about how having dental implants in Belfast can benefit you then speak to Blue Sky Dentistry. We’re a well established dental clinic that has been successfully placing dental implants in our patients for many years. Why not visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com or contact us on 028 9068 7722 to book a free consultation to discuss your options.