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.

Dental Implants in Northern Ireland – When Is A Good Time To Have Them?

If you’re a long-term wearer of dentures or you have one or more failing or missing teeth, then you know just how tooth loss can impact on your everyday life. For this reason you may well be considering treatment for dental implants in Northern Ireland. With this in mind, when is the right time to have them?

Dental Implants Northern IrelandBefore we answer this question it’s a good idea to explain a little about what happens when a tooth is lost. Statistics suggest that 7 out of every 10 adults between the age of 35 and 45 have lost at least one missing tooth. While this statistic is worrying, what’s worse is that many people think that it isn’t a big deal, especially if it’s a back tooth and isn’t particularly visible. However the truth is that one missing tooth can set off a cascade of events that will eventually cause further problems to your oral health. Here’s an explanation of what can happen.

Migrating teeth
When there’s a gap in the smile due to a missing tooth, the adjacent healthy teeth will start to migrate towards it causing possible bite problems.

Problems with oral health
When teeth become misaligned keeping teeth clean can become a problem as food particles can easily get trapped between the spaces causing a build-up of bacteria and plaque.

Movement of partner-tooth
What can also happen is the tooth that mirrors the missing tooth on the opposite jaw (also known as the ‘partner’ tooth) will start to push out as it no longer has anything to bite against. This again can cause further bite problems later on.

Bone degeneration
When a tooth is missing the bone tissue that once supported the tooth root is no longer used and like a muscle, starts to waste away. Gradually over time, it affects the shape of the jaw and may even start to undermine other healthy teeth.

So knowing what we know now, going back to the initial question of “When should I seek a dental implant?” the answer is right now. The quicker a missing tooth is replaced by an implantologist in Belfast, the sooner the chain of events can be halted.

If you catch it early enough your expert dentist will be able to fit a replacement tooth, ultimately putting an end to the ongoing progression of bone and tooth loss, thus saving you money in the long-term. If you want to find out more about how the implantation process can change your life for the better then contact Blue Sky Dentistry. We’ve been successfully placing dental implants for many years, so contact us on 028 9068 7722 or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com today. Don’t leave it until it’s too late!

Is Dental Implant Treatment In Belfast Painful?

When the majority of people consider undergoing treatment for dental implants in Belfast then they may well be thinking of the pain factor involved. Visions of spending hour after hour in the dentist’s chair being confronted by a never-ending barrage of huge needles and dentist’s drill is enough to give anyone a panic attack. However the good news is that it’s really nothing like that. In fact the majority of people who have undergone the treatment state that it was no worse than having a filling or root canal. So what can you expect?

Dental Implants Northern IrelandWhen you decide to undergo surgery for dental implants you’ll be given a local anaesthetic. This is sufficient so that you can respond to the requests of the dentist when performing the surgery, but also enough so that you feel no pain. For those that are particularly anxious, then many dentists use modern conscious sedation methods to relax the patient fully before and during the procedure. The surgery itself is generally over fairly quickly (depending upon how many implants you’re having of course), so you won’t be experiencing endless hours under the knife.

What about after surgery?
Whether you’ve opted for dental implants in Northern Ireland or anywhere else in the world, it is a surgical procedure and as such you should expect a small amount of pain. Although every person’s pain tolerance levels are different, this is something that should be easily managed with over-the-counter painkillers such as aspirin or paracetamol. In addition you might experience some slight swelling or bruising which is totally normal with this type of surgery. If you do experience excessive pain or swelling, then it’s advisable to speak with your dentist. Belfast has some of the best dental implant clinics in the world so you can feel safe in the knowledge that you’re in good hands.

What about recovery?
For some people it’s perfectly normal for them to be back to work within 3-5 days. For others who have had more complex dental implants, recovery may take 2-3 weeks or more. When it comes to eating, immediately after surgery (within the first 24 hours) soft, cold or tepid foods are ideal. After this you should be able to introduce hot foods such as fish and pasta. Gradually over time you should be able to increase the foods you eat to include more solid foods and generally within 2-3 weeks you should be eating normally. When seeking a clinic specialising in implant dentistry in Northern Ireland you’ll find that they’ll design a personalised treatment plan specifically for you. This details specific periods for treatment and recovery as well as what you should and shouldn’t be eating.

As you can see, although having dental implants is an invasive process the possibility of being able to smile, eat and be yourself again without having to worry about your teeth has given many people a new lease of life, and that’s something you just can’t put a price on.

If you want to find out more about how dental implants can change your life for the better then contact Blue Sky Dentistry on 028 9068 7722 or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com 

3 Great Ways in Which Dental Implants Can Be Used

There may be a number of reasons why people decide to opt for a dental implant in Northern Ireland. In the area of Belfast, Blue Sky Dentistry offers a variety of implant procedures and although they can be used for cosmetic purposes, there are a number of other reasons why a person might seek dental implants. With this in mind, here are 3 ways in which they can be used.

Dental Implants Northern IrelandLong-term denture users
Wearing dentures for a lengthy period can be a pretty miserable experience for the user. Over time the shape of the jaw changes causing the once snug fitting dentures to become loose. When this happens they can cause problems when speaking or eating, leading to acute embarrassment. In addition to this they can also rub on the gum line causing pain and discomfort. One solution that your dentist in Belfast may suggest is implant-supported dentures. So how do they work? In essence, strategically placed implants are anchored along the jaw line (normally four) and a full arch of dentures are then snapped into place. By doing so, they are held in position and as such are in no danger of becoming loose.

Bridge replacements
In the case of a standard dental bridge it utilises the two adjacent teeth either side of the missing tooth/teeth to support the prosthetic crown/s. The issue is that in order for the bridge to function properly the healthy teeth have to be modified and ground into shape to accommodate the bridge. Not only this, they also act as a supporting load, thus placing undue weight on the healthy adjacent teeth. One way to get round this, especially if you have two missing adjacent teeth is to fit one gap with a dental implant and cantilever a prosthetic crown off that to fit into the second gap. If not, then two separate dental implants may work better. By speaking with a clinic dealing in implant dentistry in Belfast, they will be able to talk you though your options.

Single crown replacement
Sometimes a crown may be better off being replaced with an implant. A single crown replacement is probably the most common procedure that dental implant dentists carry out and as such it’s used to good effect. Often a crown is placed over a damaged tooth which helps to strengthen, improve or restore it’s appearance. However the reality is that depending on just how damaged the underlying tooth is, it might be akin to putting a band aid over an open wound. Even though the tooth is covered up, it might still be open to further damage or decay. For this reason, a specialist fitting implants might suggest that it’s better to extract the damaged tooth and fit an implant in its place. This way it gives you peace of mind that the replacement implant will last for many years and you won’t get any recurring issues in years to come.

If you’re in need of a dental implant in Belfast then call Blue Sky Dentistry. We’ve been successfully fitting dental implants for many years, so come and talk to the experts. Visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com or alternatively, contact us on 028 9068 7722 and make a difference to your life today!

Bone Grafting and How It Can Help Dental Implant Surgery

If you’ve decided to opt for dental implant treatment, it might not be as straight forward as simply fitting the implant. There is a possibility that you may first need a bone graft. The reason is that if a missing tooth has been left for a period of time, then the bone may have receded. As an implant needs plenty of bone in which to thrive, if it isn’t there, then there’s a good chance that the implant will fail.

Dental Implants BelfastSo what is a bone graft?
A bone graft is a reasonably straight forward procedure and as such is usually carried out in the same clinic. So for example if you were undergoing surgery at a particular clinic for dental implants in Belfast then there’s a good chance that the bone grafting procedure would also be carried out there. For the procedure to work, healthy bone tissue (normally taken from a bone bank) is attached onto the implant area. After a period of time the new bone tissue should have fused with the old bone tissue to create a greater and healthier bone mass upon which to attach the implant. The downside is that it’s another step in the process that you have to go through before the implants are fitted. However on a positive note, without a bone graft, the chances of an implant taking are zero.

What about recovery?
It’s imperative that the new bone tissue is fully integrated with the remaining bone tissue for a successful implant to take place. Because of this, there is going to be some recovery/waiting time before your implants are fitted. Recovery time from bone graft surgery can vary from person to person but it normally takes between one and three months. Because of this your dentist in Belfast, Northern Ireland will look at each case differently and build the bone grafting process and recovery time into your overall implant treatment plan. As with all surgical procedures there may be some slight pain for the first few days, but this can normally be eradicated with some over-the-counter pain killers.

Bone grafting may not be something that every patient has to have but it is an integral part of the overall procedure. If you want to find out more about the bone grafting procedure or how a implant dentistry can help you improve your smile and self confidence, then contact us on 028 9068 7722  or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com

How Dental Implants Work

If you’ve experienced missing teeth then it can be quite a miserable experience. Aside from the aesthetic aspect which is damning enough, you may also have to contend with problems speaking and eating. Understandably then, many people seek prosthetic teeth replacement. One such method is having treatment for dental implants in Northern Ireland. The procedure is fast becoming the tooth replacement of choice for many dental patients, but how do they work?

Dental Implants Northern IrelandOsseointegration
Dental implants rely on a natural process known as osseointegration. This is a process whereby the body’s natural bone tissue that once surrounded the missing tooth is attracted to the titanium implant and as such, starts to merge and fuse with it. A small hole is drilled down into the jawbone and the implant is either screwed or tapped into place (depending upon the make and model of the implant). Over time (usually a period of 2-3 months) it continues to fuse, eventually creating a durable platform which is then strong enough to take a prosthetic crown.

Further treatment
After a period of recovery the second phase of the implant is carried out. This is when the abutment is fitted. The abutment is a ball-shaped socket which acts as the connection between the titanium implant and the visible porcelain crown. It also acts as a buffer and mini shock absorber which can transfer the force of a natural bite down through the implant, thus lessening the impact on the crown itself. Some specialists in Belfast dealing with implants will fit the crown at the same time as the abutment while others will ask you to come back for a third time. Both the abutment fitting and crown fitting are non-evasive and are easily attached.

Once all components are in place, what you have is a form of tooth replacement that looks feels and even acts just like the real thing. As they’re a permanent fixture, you don’t have to remove them at night and you can generally eat what you like, when you like. There’s no special cleaning and sterilising routines as you would have with dentures. In fact simple brushing and flossing is all it takes to keep them looking as good as new. When thorough cleaning is combined with regular visits to the clinic that fitted your implant, then there’s no reason why they shouldn’t last for many years.

If you want to find out more information about what the procedure for a dental implant in Northern Ireland entails, or would just like some further information then feel free to check out our website at www.blueskydentist.com. Alternatively contact us on 028 9068 7722 and we’ll be happy to discuss your options with you.