Alternatives to Dental Implants You Can Consider

Alternatives to Dental Implants You Can Consider

If you’re having trouble getting dental implants in Ireland, here’s what you can think about.

Dental implants may be required if you have a lost tooth or teeth and you want to restore the space not only so that you look good but also for improved oral health and efficiency when eating — and allowing you to eat a greater variety of food because you can chew better. If you’re thinking about getting dental implants in Ireland and are wondering about the process and procedure, the first thing you need to know is that they’re not suitable for everyone, and, indeed, not everyone is a candidate, for a number of reasons.

Implants are attached to the jaw bone with a type of screw that then has an abutment, or connector, attached to it and it’s all capped off with a crown — a false tooth that will be created to resemble the existing teeth and their colour. Having dental implants takes a while, as typically the procedure is carried out over a number of months, with the intervening time allowing the jaw bone to heal and the screw to fuse and become secure. Dental implants are also relatively expensive, although here at The James Clinic, we offer our patients a finance package to help ease the burden by spreading the cost over a year or more.

While dental implants have a high success rate — of up to 98% in some cases — they can and do fail. It’s frustrating when it happens, for the patient and the dentist, as all those months of work, and money, have gone down the drain, and you’d have to wait several months more, for more healing to take place, before trying again. You might not be a candidate for dental implants if you have poor oral health and perhaps have gum disease, are a smoker or have diabetes or other conditions that could impact the success of the implant.

Options Other Than Dental Implants in Ireland

After examining your teeth, your dentist might recommend that instead of having dental implants, you instead consider full-mouth dentures. This will most likely be the real alternative to dental implants in cases where there’s a large amount of damage or gum disease and a number of teeth have to be removed; it can also be the workable option if you’re missing most or all of your teeth, or if they all have to be removed. Full-mouth dentures will look like real teeth, and better in some cases, as they will be created so that they’re straight and aesthetically pleasing.

Another solution if you’re missing teeth and dental implants are not possible are partial dentures. They cover spaces where a number of teeth are missing along one part of the jaw bone and are made so that the plastic base they’re attached to blends in with the colour of your gums, so it’s practically unnoticeable. Partial dentures may be clipped into place and allow for easy removal so they can be cleaned or repaired. They’re one of the most tried-and-tested tooth-replacement alternatives to dental implants in Ireland.

Bridging the Gap When Dental Implants Aren’t Possible

One popular remedy for patients unable to get dental implants in Ireland because of their situation are fixed bridges. They do what they say: covering, or bridging, the gap in teeth, and the tooth filling the space is not anchored directly to the gum because adjacent false teeth it’s connected to are bonded in place instead. It’s a good, affordable and permanent solution to gaps in teeth, especially if you can’t have dental implants.

Many people with bridges say they feel comfortable and look natural, and because there’s no special cleaning or anything else required, there’s nothing much to worry about — including the possibility that they might come loose. With anything that’s not entirely natural in your mouth, however, you do need to take care and pay attention to it, and this is also the case with fixed bridges.

So there’s no need to fret if you can’t get dental implants in Ireland, as there are some real, great-looking and effective solutions to filling the gaps where teeth once were.

If you want to find out if dental implants are suitable for you, please get in touch with the dental experts at The James Clinic today. We will be pleased to offer you a consultation and give you the best advice for your dental problems. 


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When Should You Bring Your Child to the Dentist?

When Should You Bring Your Child to the Dentist?

Looking for a dentist for kids, but not sure when you should start bringing your child? Here’s what you need to know.

Many new parents wonder when they should start bringing their children to the dentist — not because they possibly have dental problems at a very early age but to have regular checkups and make sure everything is right, developing and in place. It’s just like every other aspect of a young and growing body: you want to be certain there are no issues that could develop into big problems later and possibly be more difficult to remedy.

Surprisingly, however, many parents tend to neglect their infants’ teeth and overall dental health. Perhaps “neglect” is too strong a word, but there can often be a perception that getting a dentist for kids is unnecessary because your child doesn’t actually have any teeth, or they’re just starting to appear and there’s nothing to worry about. Plus there’s the fact that milk, or primary, teeth are going to fall out anyway — so what’s the point of bringing your child to the dentist at such an early stage in their development?

By the time your client reaches adulthood — or at least when they’re in their late teenage years — they will have around 32 teeth, which is the usual amount for most adults. Ensuring they’re all healthy and don’t present any problems means a lot of looking after them up to that point, and it should begin as soon as possible. A survey in the United States a while back found that most people don’t take their kids to the dentist until they’re at least two years old, and that’s actually quite late, because most dentists believe children should have their first dental examination by the time they reach one — or six months after they get their first, initial, teeth.

Why You Need a Dentist for Kids

Even when children have baby teeth, which number around 20 at birth and are important in helping to form and shape the face, parents need to take care that they’re developing properly. Making sure nothing interferes with them, such as a bad diet or one that’s high in processed sugars, like soft drinks and some fruit juices, is vital because the aim is to ensure they fall out naturally before the permanent teeth make their appearance.

Primary teeth are also important because they allow the child to chew their food properly and, therefore, get high levels of nutrition to support their developing bodies. These temporary teeth are also involved in the development of a child’s speech, and they act to save space for the coming permanent teeth. Baby teeth also serve to provide an infant with a sense of wellbeing, as they give them a healthy smile and make them feel good about themselves.

Finding a Good Dentist for Kids

If you’re looking for a dentist for kids, it’s recommended to find one who specialises in this area as part of their general practice — as well as a dentist who offers high levels of personal care and attention. Ask around, look online and see if you can find some patient reviews. When you do locate a dentist for kids who you think might be suitable, have a discussion about your child and what you should expect.

The good news is that the big “fear of dentists” won’t likely affect your child if you start to bring them to the dentist very early — as they will be too young to know what’s going on. If your child is a bit older and you’re thinking about making an appointment for a checkup for them, it’s a good idea to familiarise them with the dentist first. Doing something like bringing them along the next time you’re having a checkup or your teeth cleaned is a fantastic way for letting them see there’s nothing to worry about and any fears of having their own examination most probably will not arise.

Starting out early with your kids’ dental health will help to ensure they have great teeth all their lives.

The James Clinic is pleased to provide great dental services for kids of all ages, with our renowned personal service that will have them, and you, totally relaxed and happy. Get in touch with us now and make an appointment for your child, or children, and help keep their teeth in perfect condition.


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Root Canal Treatment — How It’s Done

Root Canal Treatment — How It's Done

The best way to prepare for root canal treatment is to be fully informed beforehand.

Are you scheduled to have root canal treatment and are wondering exactly what it is and how it’s done? It’s a fairly common procedure and one aimed at saving a tooth which otherwise might have to be extracted. Usually, it’s done by your dentist, but if it’s a more complex case, you may be referred to an endodontist, a specialist in the internal parts of teeth who will do the work. 

For whatever reason, most people automatically associate root canal treatment with a lot of severe pain and discomfort — perhaps this is from tales of long ago when dentistry wasn’t as advanced as it is now. The truth is, however, that having root canal treatment should be no more painful than having a filling or other dental procedure, as local anaesthetic is given to numb the areas being worked on and you really shouldn’t feel all that much.

One of the most important aspects of understanding root canal treatment is knowing what a tooth is. It’s not just a solid lump of enamel but is made up of a number of elements. What you can see — the enamel-coated crown — is only a small part of a tooth, as anyone who has had an extraction knows. The root comprises much of the size of the tooth and contains dentin, a harder-than-bone substance that occupies most of the main area of a tooth, the pulp chamber — and a root canal that contains pulp tissue and the accessory canal that’s worked on in root canal treatment. When the pulp becomes infected, it’s time to treat it or remove the tooth and this is essentially what root canal treatment is all about. 

Steps in Root Canal Treatment

You may have symptoms that include pain or heat-and-cold sensitivity, or you may find that one or some of your teeth or gums are tender when you’re chewing or when touched. There can also be swelling in an area of the mouth, but, equally, there may be no symptoms at all and you could still need root canal treatment. The procedure usually takes place over a number of visits and begins with taking an X-Ray of the area to get a detailed look at the tooth or teeth in question, so your dentist can get a clear picture of what they need to do — is there an abscess under the tooth, for instance, and how big is it?

From there, your dentist or endodontist will make a small opening in the top, or crown, of the affected tooth and — making sure you are comfortable and properly anaesthetized — will use a number of small instruments to clean out the infected pulp from the chamber inside your tooth as well as in the root canal. When this is done, the areas are filled with a rubbery material and it’s sealed up with an adhesive cement to make sure it stays in place and there’s no leakage to cause additional problems.

During this time you shouldn’t experience too much discomfort and you can always ask your dentist to stop and allow you a break during the procedure. Some dentists like to give their patients a kind of hand signal to let them know to stop, as it’s not always possible to speak, due to the number of instruments in your mouth. Ensuring you’re as comfortable as possible during root canal treatment — or any other procedure — should be the goal of your dentist, and is a top priority here at The James Clinic. 

 What to Expect After Root Canal Treatment?

After your root canal treatment, your dentist may want to place a crown on your tooth to fully protect it and restore its function, although it’s not always necessary. The area may be sensitive for a while and it’s important to take care with what you chew, so you don’t risk upsetting the healing tooth and gum. You can expect your newly treated tooth to survive for many years, as long as you practice good oral hygiene and brush and floss regularly. 

Hopefully, the infection that caused you to have root canal treatment will not return — in many cases it does not, although there may be a possibility that it does — and you can enjoy your life without further upset with this tooth. And as with everything concerning your teeth, there’s no need to be worried or concerned about having any procedure, including root canal treatment — as long you have a good dentist, talk it all over beforehand and are comfortable with what’s being done. 

For more information about root canal treatments, or to schedule an examination to see if you need one, contact The James Clinic today and we will be happy to tell you all you need to know as well as carrying out an expert examination of your teeth.


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How to Stop a Child from Grinding Their Teeth

How to Stop a Child from Grinding Their Teeth

Taking your child to a kid-friendly dentist is one way to remedy teeth grinding.

It’s called bruxism and you might not even know you’re doing it. It’s when people, young and old, grind their teeth and often when they’re sleeping. It might not even result in any problems unless it occurs regularly and then it might lead to tooth damage and various complications that could impact oral health. If you notice your child is grinding their teeth, you might want to take them to a kid-friendly dentist and find a way to stop it from happening.

Bruxism can also, however, occur when you’re awake, usually when you’re fiercely concentrating on something. Most often it just involves the clenching of the jaw and teeth as you focus intensely on a task and doesn’t involve the grinding of teeth. But when it happens at night — and the teeth-grinding goes on for a while — it can also upset others, like your partner or spouse in the bed beside you. Just as snoring can interrupt others’ sleep, bruxism can also lead to many sleepless nights and drowsiness the following day.

Why Your Child Might Be Grinding Their Teeth

It’s important for parents to know that while their children’s teeth-grinding might be alarming to hear, it’s actually quite common and many kids will do it for a while but eventually grow out of the habit. It’s not always immediately clear why a child grinds their teeth, either when awake or asleep, but there can be several identifying factors.

These can include various pains that are common to children, such as a toothache or an earache, and the grinding action helps them to get through the pain by providing a source of relief through the act of grinding the teeth together. It may be that it’s a way of deflecting the pain by focusing on something else — much like how you tend to rub a sore muscle to ease a sprain or if you bumped into something and hurt yourself.

In older children, stress can be the reason why they grind their teeth. It could be that tests or exams are coming up at school and they’re worried about how they might do or if there’s a change in routine, such as moving to a new part of the country — or a different country entirely. Children love routine and when one is shaken up and changed, they can easily become anxious and it takes a while for them to settle into a new one.

Family problems can also cause a great deal of stress for children and lead to them grinding their teeth. There might be a new addition to the family, for instance, with the arrival of a baby, or their parents might not getting on all that well and are arguing a lot. If the family breaks down and one parent moves out and they get divorced, this and other problems can be the cause of built-up stress that can cause bruxism.

Ways to Stop a Child from Grinding Their Teeth

As we’ve said, it’s possible if your child is going through a period of bruxism that they might well stop at some stage and never do it again. But if you feel that it’s been going on for some time and is negatively impacting your child’s wellbeing, it’s a good idea to take some action. This can include taking your child to a kid-friendly dentist who will be able to help with the problem.

They might, for instance, give your child a special night guard that can protect their teeth and help to prevent them from grinding them in the first place — this might have the effect of easing them out of the habit and fairly quickly too.

If there’s a psychological reason behind a case of bruxism, however, such as hyperactivity or conditions like cerebral palsy for which a child is taking medications that might be triggering teeth grinding, it can be helpful to try and calm them down in the evenings with some soothing music and also a warm bath. Medications are not normally needed for bruxism and with a bit of attention to the problem, it should soon go away.

If your child is having a problem with teeth grinding and you’re wondering what to do, you can talk to one of our kid-friendly dentists and get the answers you need. Get in touch with The James Clinic now and find out more.

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