Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the most modern and innovative way of replacing missing teeth. Implants have revolutionised dentistry and have given a new lease of life to patients who – through age, decay or trauma – have lost teeth. A dental implant is a tiny titanium post that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line. After it is placed, the titanium fuses with the jawbone and the implant then acts as the root of the tooth, which means we can mount replacement teeth (crowns) or a bridge onto it, or use it to give added stability to a denture. We can now even permanently fix dentures in place using implants if you so desire, which can dramatically improve your quality of life.

An implant is permanent, which means you have all the comfort of a natural tooth and can eat and chew as normal. Dental implants have had a really transformational effect on the lives of people with missing teeth. Damian Flanagan, the principal dentist at O3 Dental, has trained at the Royal College of Surgeons and is considered one of the UK’s leading implantologists. Damian has been rejuvenating smiles for more than 25 years and many patients travel considerable distances to benefit from his expertise.  Dental implants in Ballymena, Belfast and Letterkenny are carried out in the comfortable surroundings of our O3 Dental Studios.

What are the benefits?

Some people can’t use removable dentures, so implants might be your last chance to eat and speak properly while improving your appearance. Implants can keep a denture very stable and whatever the type of artificial tooth, people will not be able to see that your teeth are supported by implants.

Are implants for you?

We will advise you whether implants would be right for you. You will need to have healthy gums, but if you don’t have enough jawbone to take the titanium posts and support the replacement teeth we can develop your bone mass with bone grafting. Typically when a tooth decays or is lost and left untreated, the jawbone where the tooth was begins to diminish. You must be prepared to maintain good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly because good oral health is crucial to the long term success of implants.

While the overall success rate of implants is very high, some chronic diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis or chronic sinus problems can interfere with healing and make implants more likely to fail. Make sure that you talk to us honestly about any medicines that you take regularly, and your smoking habits. Implants involve undergoing dental surgery in our clinic twice or more over a period of several months. Since they are a complex treatment, implants can be expensive.

What does the treatment involve?

To receive implants you must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. If there isn’t enough bone we can help with bone grafting beforehand. To place an implant we will need to give you a local aesthetic – occasionally sedation or a general anaesthetic is used – and make a small incision into your gum to expose the bone. We will then drill a small hole into your jawbone into which we place the implant, leaving the head of the titanium post sticking out. We then stitch the gum closed so the whole area can heal. You will then need to wait several months for the bone to fuse to the implant. After this time we can expose the head of the implant just beneath the gum and attach an artificial tooth, and you can rediscover the simple joy of eating and chewing all types of foods. In most cases, placing a single dental implant takes about an hour.

What are they?
Dental implants are the most modern and innovative way of replacing missing teeth. Implants have revolutionised dentistry and have given a new lease of life to patients who – through age, decay or trauma – have lost teeth. A dental implant is a tiny titanium post that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line. After it is placed, the titanium fuses with the jawbone and the implant then acts as the root of the tooth, which means we can mount replacement teeth (crowns) or a bridge onto it, or use it to give added stability to a denture. We can now even permanently fix dentures in place using implants if you so desire, which can dramatically improve your quality of life.

An implant is permanent, which means you have all the comfort of a natural tooth and can eat and chew as normal. Dental implants have had a really transformational effect on the lives of people with missing teeth. Damian Flanagan, the principal dentist at O3 Dental, has trained at the Royal College of Surgeons and is considered one of the UK’s leading implantologists. Damian has been rejuvenating smiles for more than 25 years and many patients travel considerable distances to benefit from his expertise.

What are the benefits?
Some people can’t use removable dentures, so implants might be your last chance to eat and speak properly while improving your appearance. Implants can keep a denture very stable and whatever the type of artificial tooth, people will not be able to see that your teeth are supported by implants.

Are implants for you?
We will advise you whether implants would be right for you. You will need to have healthy gums, but if you don’t have enough jawbone to take the titanium posts and support the replacement teeth we can develop your bone mass with bone grafting. Typically when a tooth decays or is lost and left untreated, the jawbone where the tooth was begins to diminish. You must be prepared to maintain good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly because good oral health is crucial to the long term success of implants.

While the overall success rate of implants is very high, some chronic diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis or chronic sinus problems can interfere with healing and make implants more likely to fail. Make sure that you talk to us honestly about any medicines that you take regularly, and your smoking habits. Implants involve undergoing dental surgery in our clinic twice or more over a period of several months. Since they are a complex treatment, implants can be expensive.

What does the treatment involve?
To receive implants you must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. If there isn’t enough bone we can help with bone grafting beforehand. To place an implant we will need to give you a local aesthetic – occasionally sedation or a general anaesthetic is used – and make a small incision into your gum to expose the bone. We will then drill a small hole into your jawbone into which we place the implant, leaving the head of the titanium post sticking out. We then stitch the gum closed so the whole area can heal. You will then need to wait several months for the bone to fuse to the implant. After this time we can expose the head of the implant just beneath the gum and attach an artificial tooth, and you can rediscover the simple joy of eating and chewing all types of foods. In most cases, placing a single dental implant takes about an hour.

Very pleased with all the dental work done, great attention to detail and a great eye for the aesthetic. I will continue to travel to Ballymena and Belfast. Highly recommend this no surprise service.read more
Michael Comyn
Michael Comyn
12:36 17 Aug 17
Hello I'm mairead I would love 2 come and c uns as my dentist has left me with very little teeth I can't eat and don't go out because I have very little teeth or do really talk 2 any 1 because of my teethread more
Mairead Brown
Mairead Brown
20:25 14 Jun 17
I first visited the O3 Dental Studio in Ballymena in 2003. Right from the first time I met him I was impressed by Dr Damian Flanagan. I was very nervous as I knew I needed a lot of work done on my teeth including cosmetic dentristry. Damian's compassionate and calm manner put me at my ease right from the start. He always explains clearly exactly what work needs to be done including the cost. The work he has done since I first visited him has been of the highest standard. My regard for Damian is shown by the fact that since my first visit I have never again gone to another dentist in spite of the fact that I have a long journey to get to his studio.Over the years I have come to know Damian and his team - Karen his wife, and Sonya. They have always been so considerate and helpful I am delighted to get this opportunity to thank themJoan Kennedyread more
Joan Kennedy
Joan Kennedy
15:05 02 Jun 17
I am petrified of the dentist and always have been, but I can honestly say Damian is the best dentist I have ever been to, very professional, explains everything and his dental studio is very clean and organized with all modern equipment. Can't recommend highly enough.read more
Natalie Donnelly
Natalie Donnelly
08:01 02 Jun 17
Brilliant Man(Dr.Flanagan). Everyone very helpful and friendly.100% service.
Mary Donnan
Mary Donnan
18:57 14 Nov 16
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