Dental Implants and Diabetes – What is The Affect?

According to the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, there are over 3.2 million people in the UK who suffer with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. There are also an estimated 630,000 people who have diabetes but haven’t yet been diagnosed. That’s just over 5% of the entire population! Although most people with diabetes can live a fairly normal life it can have an impact on other areas, and believe it or not, undergoing dental implant surgery could well be one of them. For this reason if you’re considering dental implants in Northern Ireland, or indeed anywhere else in the UK then it’s important to tell the dentist of your condition.

Dental Implants Northern IrelandContrary to popular belief, being diabetic doesn’t necessarily stop you from undergoing dental implant treatment, however a level of caution does need to be exercised. For this reason any experienced implant dentist will look at each case on an individual basis and based on their findings, will ascertain whether or not it’s feasible to go ahead. So what are the problems or issues for a diabetic who’s looking to undergo treatment? Let’s take a look.

Slowed recovery times

Once dental implants are secured into the jaw bone, a process known as osseointegration takes place. This is where surrounding bone tissue starts to grow and fuse around the implant creating a strong and durable platform upon which to attach the crown. In non-diabetic patients the average time taken for bone fusion is around 6 weeks but can differ from patient to patent. In diabetic patients however, research has shown that osseointegration can take 12 weeks or more. What’s more, in some patients that have uncontrollable diabetes, this process might not even happen at all. For this reason an implant dentist in Belfast will look at every case on an individual basis, before they make a decision to move ahead with the process.

More prone to gum disease

Because of the high levels of glucose in the blood, it’s been well-documented that those with diabetes are more prone to gum disease. Whether you’re opting for a dental implant in Belfast or anywhere else in the country the criteria remains the same, in that to give implants the best chance of success, they need to be placed into a healthy mouth. If they’re placed in a mouth that shows signs of gum disease, then the chances of implant failure are considerably higher.

If you’re a diabetic and are considering dental implant treatment you need to be aware that the this might not be as straight forward as for a non-diabetic patient. Because of this, it’s imperative to tell your dentist so that they can develop the right treatment plan to suit your requirements.

At Blue Sky Dentistry we’ve been successfully fitting dental implants for many years and as such have helped many diabetic patients achieve a long lasting smile. Why not check out our website at www.blueskydentist.com for further information, or alternatively, contact us on 028 9068 7722 and book a free consultation to discuss your dental options today.

Dental Implant Treatment – What Are The Stages?

Unlike any other form of tooth replacement, if you’re considering standard dental implants in Belfast or indeed anywhere else in the country, you need to be aware that the procedure is done in several stages over a number of months. Here’s an idea of what to expect.

Dental Implants BelfastStage 1 – Treatment planning

During this first stage of treatment planning your chosen dentist in Belfast will give you a thorough oral examination to ascertain whether you need any treatment prior to the implant surgery. As implants need to be placed into someone who has a healthy mouth, then it’s imperative that this needs to be addressed first. It could be something as simple as a trip to the hygienist to remove any unwanted plaque, bacteria or tartar. Alternatively you may have insufficient bone due to bone loss and are in need of a small bone graft. Whatever the case your dentist will document everything and give you a treatment plan moving forward.

Stage 2 – Placement of the implants

Once any primary treatment has been carried out in order to obtain a healthy mouth with sufficient bone mass to hold the implants, then the next step is for the implant to be fitted. A small incision is made in the gum exposing the jaw bone. Then a tiny hole is drilled down into it and the implant placed. Once anchored in, the gum is carefully stitched back up.

Stage 3 – Recovery

Once the implant is placed, then a process called osseointegration takes place. This is where the body’s natural bone tissue fuses and merges with the titanium implant to create a super-strong platform. There is no set time for this to happen and it will vary from one patient to another. However anything from 6-12 weeks is commonplace. During this time several dental visits may be needed to check progress.

Step 4 – Fitting the abutment

The next stage when you undergo a dental implant treatment is to go back to the dental clinic to have the abutment fitted. This is the ball-like socket that acts as a shock absorber and cushion. It sits on the gum line on top of the implant and acts as the connection between the visible part of the tooth, the crown, and the implant itself.

Step 5 – Interim crowns

It may be the case that you have an interim (temporary) crown fitted, before the final prosthetic is attached. The reason for this is because it can be used firstly to assess the load capacity of the  implant; and secondly in more noticeable areas, it allows time for the gums to mature around the implant before the permanent crown is fitted, thus making it appear more natural right from the start.

Step 6 – Final fitting

Usually somewhere between 3 and 9 months the permanent crown is finally attached.

If you’re interested in a dental implant in Belfast, then talk to Blue Sky Dentistry. We’ve been successfully fitting dental implants in Northern Ireland for many years and as such have seen firsthand the real difference implant surgery made to our patient’s lives. To book your consultation, contact us on 028 9068 7722 or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com. You’ll be glad that you did!

Sedation Dentistry for Nervous Patients

Dental Implants BelfastBecause of the fact that dental implants are so successful, it’s very doubtful that anyone seeking dental implants in Northern Ireland has been through the process before. It could be that the person awaiting treatment knows a relation or friend that has had dental implants fitted and has spoken to them, but for most people it will be a whole new experience. For this reason it’s understandable that the majority of people are at the very least a little anxious or worse still, very nervous about the procedure. The good news is that modern dentistry is far more geared up towards helping people overcome their dental anxieties and as such, offers a variety of effective methods to help them through.

Local anaesthesia

Due to the intricate nature of dental implant surgery it’s preferable that the patient is awake throughout the procedure. This is so that the patient can respond to the dentist carrying out the procedure should the need arise. In cases where just one or two implants are required then this is often the preferred method. The procedure is considered pain-free under a local anaesthetic and can on some occasions be completed in as little as one hour.

Conscious sedation

If on the other hand a patient is having multiple or complex dental implants in Belfast and/or they are particularly nervous, then it might be preferable to administer conscious sedation. Sedation dentistry is considered a far more controlled way of keeping patients relaxed during the various stages of the procedure and falls somewhere between a local anaesthetic (when the patient is fully awake) to a general anaesthetic (when the patient is asleep).

How does it work?

Conscious sedation utilises a number of methods in order to put the patient in a relaxed and care-free state. For the majority of people who’ve experienced conscious sedation, many suggest that although they were awake they knew very little if anything about the surgical process and most felt that it was over in a flash. The advantages are that a patient feels no pain during the procedure and in addition (unlike general anaesthetic) they should feel no side effects such as nausea after the event.

Relative analgesia

In the UK three main types of conscious sedation are used and the first one is known as relative analgesia. Patients inhale a combination of nitrous oxide (more commonly known as laughing gas) and oxygen through a small nose-piece. Doses are carefully controlled so that a patient remains alert enough to respond to simple instructions, but won’t be able to recall much (if anything) about the treatment.

Intravenous sedation

Another method of conscious sedation is delivered intravenously via a small vein in the arm or hand. Again like relative analgesia, intravenous sedation, doesn’t have any side effects and patients tend to recover from the sedative quickly, usually within 15-30 minutes of the end of the treatment.

What about injections?

Normally, when under conscious sedation anaesthetic is still used in and around the implant site but generally people don’t remember or feel it as the sedative has normally taken hold by this stage.

Oral sedation

Again this works in the same way as above except it’s taken in a pill form usually 1-2 hours before the start of surgery. Oral sedation is generally used for uncomplicated surgical methods taking short amounts of time.

If you want to find out more about pain-free dentistry using conscious sedation methods or indeed anything else regarding dental implants in Northern Ireland then contact Blue Sky Dentistry. We’ve been fitting dental implants in Belfast for a number of years, so contact us on 028 9068 7722 or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com

Dental Implants In Northern Ireland – Am I A Good Candidate?

The good news is that when you’re considering a dental implant in Northern Ireland, or indeed any other part of the UK there aren’t too many issues or problems that prevent a person from having the treatment. That said, there are certain issues or problems which will need to be dealt with before you can go ahead with the procedure. So with this in mind how do you know if you’re a good candidate and how do you know if you need any form of pre-treatment? Let’s take a look.

Dental Implants Northern IrelandInitial checks

The first thing you’ll do when you agree to dental implants is to meet with the team performing the procedure. They’ll look to give you a thorough examination so that they can build a tailor-made treatment plan. They’ll check your overall health as well as your oral health and will look at the state of your remaining teeth to ascertain whether there are any further dental problems. You may also be required to undergo up-to-date X-rays and/or CT scans in order to get more precise details of your mouth. On some occasions photo’s and mock-ups will be needed so that these can be examined closely after your visit. You’ll also be required to answer a multitude of questions on your life-style and medical history. The more information you can provide at this stage, the less chance there will be of encountering problems later on down the line.

Pre-treatments

If pre-treatments are needed then your dentist in Belfast will make this clear to you. At Blue Sky Dentistry we make sure patients understand that pre-treatments are necessary and are in fact a good way of establishing a base level of dental health which is key to any successful dental implant surgery. These include everything from eradicating gum disease and tartar build-up, through to bone grafting.

The bottom line is that even if you do have existing oral problems they can be dealt with by your dentist so that you can move on to have dental implant surgery. However do bear in mind, that this may be both an added cost and an added time frame, depending upon what needs to be done.

To find out further information about whether you’re a good candidate for a dental implant in Belfast then contact Blue Sky Dentistry on 028 9068 7722 or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com . Book your no-obligation consultation with us today and start the ball rolling towards a healthier and happier you!

Assessing Oral Health before Fitting Dental Implants

It’s often wrongly assumed that bad oral health is a prerequisite to having dental implants. After all, surely that’s why a person is seeking a dentist in Belfast? However the reality is that this couldn’t be further from the truth. For any implant to thrive and succeed, it simply must be placed into a healthy mouth.

So what is meant by the term healthy mouth?

A mouth is considered healthy when it’s Dental Implants Northern Irelandfree from gum disease, decay, bacterial build-up and abscesses. Yet there is a misconception that having missing or misaligned teeth automatically means poor oral health. The fact is that a dental implant can and will solve the issue of missing, misaligned or broken teeth, but if placed into an unhealthy mouth then it’s going to encounter problems that can lead to implant failure. For this reason having a healthy mouth before receiving implant treatment is vital.

Why is this?

With all that’s been written about the strength and durability of dental implants they are still considerably vulnerable to attack from bacteria, especially in the first few weeks/months after initial surgery. For this reason, in order to give them the best chance of success, they need to be placed into a healthy environment. For example if you undergo a dental implant in Northern Ireland per se, and it’s inadvertently placed into an area that shows signs of gum disease, then it can undermine and weaken the implant area (namely the jaw bone and surrounding gum) causing it to become loose.

How can I tell if I have a healthy mouth?

Before any implants are fitted a patient will undergo a complete health check and from this, the dentist will ascertain pretty quickly whether they have gum disease or insufficient bone to place the implant into. If all is good then the dentist will move on to the next phase of the procedure. However if not, then the issue/s have to be dealt with first.

Does this mean that I’m not entitled to dental implants?

On the contrary, there is very little exclusion that totally prevents a person from undergoing dental implants. If for instance you have the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) then regular and thorough brushing, coupled with a good antiseptic mouthwash can eradicate the problem in as little as a few weeks. However if excessive bone loss (resorption) has occurred and there is insufficient bone mass to attach the implant into, then it may require a more complex approach, namely a bone graft. Either way your dentist will build this into your overall treatment plan.

If you want to find out more about how undergoing surgery to fit a dental implant in Belfast can benefit you, then speak to Blue Sky Dentistry. We’re an experienced clinic dealing in all aspects of preventative, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, including implants. Call us on 028 9068 7722 or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com and find out more about your dental options.

Dental Implant Placement – What Should Be Avoided?

Similarly to the rest of the UK dental implants in Northern Ireland are becoming more and more popular. The rise in awareness, the widespread information available about the procedure, and the positive feedback has prompted many denture wearers and tooth loss sufferers alike to consider their options. That said, as the implantation process is a surgical procedure it does have a certain amount of risk attached to it. One of those being that improper placement could lead to complications.

Dental Implants Northern IrelandInferior dental nerve

The inferior dental nerve for instance runs behind the wisdom teeth, directly under the molars, and emerges in the facial tissue where our pre-molar teeth were once located. If this nerve is damaged or even disturbed upon implant placement it can cause short or long-term nerve problems. This is why when you undergo a dental injection at the back of the mouth, you’re likely to experience a numb lip On rare occasions a nerve re-route may have to be carried out so that the implant can be fitted correctly without causing damage to the surrounding area.

Maxillary sinus

Replacing upper back teeth can be problematic in the fact that this is where the maxillary sinus is located. Whilst perforating the sinus membrane isn’t particularly problematic in itself, it should be considered that it isn’t a sterile area and as such bacteria located in the sinus membrane could be transferred onto the surface of the implant. This could ultimately cause healing problems later on down the line.

All that said, both nerve damage and cross-contamination from sinus perforation are pretty rare but they should be taken into consideration before you choose to have dental implant treatment.

So how can a dentist in Belfast make sure that these structures are avoided when placing implants?

Many implant clinics now use 3D scanning in the form of CT scans. Unlike conventional X-rays they provide a three-dimensional snapshot or a section of an area such as the mouth. Therefore it can not only pinpoint the whereabouts of important anatomical features, but also the depth and thickness of equally important features such as bone. This means that a highly experienced implantologist in Belfast should be able to plot the exact placement and depth of the implant before they go ahead with the procedure.

Despite the potential for problems we should point out that the implantation process carries a success rate of somewhere between 90% and 95% and over 10,000 implants are successfully placed in the UK each year alone. For this reason when you consider undergoing treatment for a dental implant in Belfast you’re buying into a procedure that not only works, but is considered the nearest thing to natural looking tooth replacement that modern dentistry has. As such the procedure has changed, and continues to change, many lives. To find out more contact Blue Sky Dentistry on 028 9068 7722 or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com

Dental Implants – How To Look After Your Investment?

If you’ve decided to opt for dental implants in Northern Ireland then it’s probably a decision that hasn’t been taken likely. Implants are also likely to cost you considerably more money than other forms of tooth replacement and as such you’ll want to take care of them or ‘protect your investment’. With this in mind, just what is the best way of looking after dental implants?

Dental Implants Northern IrelandQuit smoking

Smoking can cause major problems for implants, especially in the early days. It can slow down the bone fusion (osseointegration) which is vital to all implant success, and bacteria carried in tobacco smoke can get into the gums surrounding the implant which can also cause serious issues. Therefore if you do smoke and you really want to look after your implants, then quitting is the only real solution.

Good oral hygiene practices

After you’re fitted for a dental implant in Belfast your dentist is likely to explain how to clean them properly. Although this is not dissimilar to how you would clean your natural teeth (brushing twice daily and regularly flossing) the emphasis will be on being thorough. Cleaning in and around the implant methodically and carefully should eliminate any food particles and residue (plaque) which may build up. If left, plaque eventually turns into calculus or tartar and becomes difficult to remove. When tartar collects on the gum line it can cause a mild inflammation leading to bleeding or reddening of the gums. These are the signs and symptoms of the early stages of gum disease and is known as gingivitis. If not dealt with at this stage it can attack the surrounding area causing peri-implantitis which can in some instances be painful and result in a failed implant. As a result your dentist in Belfast probably can’t stress enough the need to be both regular and thorough in your oral hygiene practices.

Maintenance

Visiting your dentist regularly after having treatment for dental implants in Northern Ireland is vital. This might be in intervals of 3 months in the early stages, but may change to 6 months at a later stage. There are several reasons for this. Firstly the dentist can check to see if there are any problems early on and if so, deal with them there and then. Secondly it gives the hygienist a chance to eliminate any problematic tartar build up which can be difficult to remove with normal brushing.

If you are considering implants and would like to know more about just how dental implants can change your life, then speak to Blue Sky Dentistry. We’ve been successfully fitting implants at out Belfast clinic for many years, so contact us on 028 9068 7722 or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com to discover the real benefits that they can bring.

Do Missing Teeth Equal Missing Nutrition?

You probably know that by undergoing treatment for dental implant in Belfast you’re giving your mouth a permanent solution to tooth replacement. However what you might not know is that even with one lost or broken tooth you could be missing out on the important nutritional value that certain foods can bring.

Dental Implants BelfastHealthy nutrition starts with chewing

Even if you’ve experienced just one missing tooth it might hinder your ability to chew food properly. When food isn’t broken down sufficiently the body is unable to extract all the relevant nutrients. As a result undigested particles can lay in the stomach which will breed bacteria. This can lead to somewhat familiar problems such as bloating, stomach cramps and indigestion.

Difficult-to-chew foods provide much needed nutrients

It isn’t just easy-eating foods such as fish or ripe fruit that are packed with nutrients. In addition many difficult-to-chew foods such as lean meats, nuts, hard fruits, crunchy vegetables and grains also contain a lot of nutrients that the body needs. These include vitamin D, Omega 3, vitamin E, vitamin C, healthy fats, zinc, iron, calcium, potassium and fibre. As such they should be an important part of any healthy and balanced diet. The issue is that if you avoid eating them because of dental problems, then you could end up causing yourself more harm than good.

Why dentures aren’t the solution

Many people choose dentures as a form of tooth replacement but because of the continuous changing shape of the jaw bone, they will become loose over time. This is why they regularly have to be adjusted. The result is that many denture wearers remain cautious about what they eat for fear of damaging or loosening their dentures further and as such, are likely to miss out on important foods that are packed with nutrients.

So what’s the solution?

When you have experienced missing teeth the best solution is undoubtedly dental implants. At Northern Ireland’s Blue Sky Dentistry, we’ve fitted many implants to patients who tell us that they love the fact that they can now eat what they like, when they like, without any worry. Because dental implants are anchored securely into the jaw bone itself, they aren’t likely to move or slip about. Secondly, the bone fusion process that takes place when the titanium implants are secured, makes for a super-strong platform that’s almost as durable as your natural teeth. The end result is that they look, feel, and even act just like your original teeth would.

If you want to know just what other benefits a dental implant in Northern Ireland can have then why not book a free consultation to discuss your options. Contact us on 028 9068 7722 or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com to find out more.

Dental Implants – What You Need To Know

If you’re considering a dental implant in Northern Ireland then you should know that they are considered by many to be the most significant dental innovation of our time. That aside, there are some other important factors you might want to know about the implants themselves and how the process works.

Dental Implants BelfastExactly what is a dental implant?

In essence they’re made up of three parts and these are the titanium post (or implant itself), the prosthetic crown, and the ball-shaped abutment. They combine together to create a super-strong replacement for missing teeth. The titanium implant or post is anchored firmly into the jawbone where over time, bone tissue that surrounds it will merge and fuse with the implant itself creating a solid platform upon which a crown can be placed. Unlike any other form of tooth replacement, implants are permanent and as a result don’t have to be removed. They’re about as close a replica to natural looking teeth as the dental profession currently allows, and when completed they look so natural that others may find it difficult to tell the difference.

They can actually save your jawbone

Whether you’re considering dental implants in Belfast, or indeed anywhere else in the country one of the main advantages of them is that unlike any other form of teeth replacement, they can actually halt the bone degeneration process. When a tooth is missing, the supporting bone is no longer stimulated and as such starts to dissolve. This is a process known as resorption. However when dental implants are placed, they’re secured or anchored directly into the jaw bone. As a result the medical grade titanium attracts bone tissue and as such, has the ability to stabilise and stimulate it. The result is no more bone loss.

Nearly everyone is a candidate for dental implants

Contrary to popular belief age isn’t a factor in determining whether a patient can or can’t have dental implants. Instead there are only a small number of circumstances that might stop a person from having them and these are mostly health related. In the main, the treatment available to most people.

They last longer than other forms of tooth replacement

We’ve already mentioned that dental implants are permanent, but just how permanent are they? Well the first dental implant patient was treated in 1965 and until his death in 2006 (some 41 years later) the implants were still going strong. Therefore we can say with some clarity that if implants are cared for properly they can last in excess of 40 years.

They’re an investment in your overall health and well-being

Of course the initial cost may seem expensive and this is why most dental clinics offer finance options to help you. However if you look at it in the long-term they have the ability to drastically improve both your oral and overall health and this should be taken into consideration.

If you want to find out more about dental implants then speak to Blue Sky Dentistry. We’ve been successfully fitting implants for many years and are more than happy to have a consultation with you to discuss the best option moving forward. Contact us today on 028 9068 7722 or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com to see how we can help.

Missing or Broken Teeth – How They Can Affect Those All-Important First Impressions

Dental Implants Northern IrelandAs the saying goes “You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression” and one way to make a great first impression is to smile. The trouble is that anyone who has experienced broken or missing teeth knows how hard this can be and habits such as covering their mouth, suppressing laughter or generally shying away from social situations are commonplace. This is why many people opt for a permanent solution in the form of dental implants. Northern Ireland dental clinic Blue Sky Dentistry have been fitting implants for many years and as such understand the importance of a healthy smile to someone. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the benefits that a great looking smile can bring.

Smiling makes you appear more attractive

Believe it or not, according to dating site e-harmony, smiling makes you appear more attractive to others. In tests, 8 out of 10 people who use the site stated that they’re more attracted to a picture of  a smiling person than to someone who isn’t. If your smile isn’t what it should be then a good quality dental implant is very hard to tell apart from the real thing, and as such has the ability to bring back that attractive smile.

Smiling gives you warmth and approachability

It’s true to say that when it comes to meeting someone for the first time you can actually speak volumes about yourself without even speaking at all. For example, if you’re turning your head away or covering your mouth then you’re saying to that person that you’re not approachable. This is even before you open your mouth. Obviously this can have a disastrous effect on social situations. Whether this is meeting a date for the first time, going for that all-important job interview, or a business meeting, first impressions count in situations like this. For this reason it pays to seek advice from your dentist in Belfast to see exactly how they can help restore your smile and bring back your confidence.

Smiling reveals a healthy set of teeth

When you have good teeth you’ll want to show them off and as a result, you tend to smile more. Whilst smiling relaxes you and gives you a confidence boost when you need it most, it also reveals to others that you care enough about your overall health. People who don’t smile, or don’t have great looking teeth tend to feel less relaxed and uncomfortable in new situations and this can unfortunately lead to a bad first impression.

If you’re fed up with not being able to smile then why not seek advice about dental implants in Northern Ireland. Here at Blue Sky Dentistry, we can talk you through your options and come up with a treatment programme to suit you. Whether this is dental implant supported dentures, crowns or bridges, we can help you get back your dazzling smile. Contact us on 028 9068 7722 or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com and take the first steps towards changing your life for the better.