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Below you will find our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) which will hopefully answer any questions you have but if the answer you need is not below please don't hestitate to contact us.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is the term that covers all diseases of the gums and supporting structures of the tooth. In Ireland it affects about 10% of the population. It is rare in young people (under 18 years old) but can occur at any age. If it is left untreated it leads to progressive loosening of the tooth and eventually to tooth loss. It is caused by bacteria that infects the space around the tooth leading to inflammation of the gum, recession and bone loss. Not everyone is equally susceptible to periodontal disease. Smokers, diabetics and people with family history of the disease appear at present to be the most susceptible groups. Treatment for periodontal disease is very successful and with good patient co-operation and regular maintenance most periodontal disease can be fully controlled. For comprehensive information about all aspects of periodontal disease please visit the following link, www.perio.org which is the official site of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium fixtures that are inserted into the bone of your jaw where there are missing teeth. The fixtures are about the same size as the root of a tooth. They can be used to replace either a single tooth or a number of teeth. Once the fixture has been placed it needs to heal for about 4 months before it can be used as a foundation for the new tooth. Dental implants have only been in clinical dentistry for about 20 years but have been proven to be very successful and are considered a major part of tooth replacement therapy today. There is a lot of information on the web about dental implants but the official site of the American Academy of Periodontolgy on, www.perio.org, has comprehensive patient education material as does the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) on www.adi.org.uk and implant manufacturer Biomet 3i on their site, www.biomet3i.com

What is prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is the specialist branch of dentistry that deals with the restoration and replacement of teeth for both functional and cosmetic purposes. In simple terms, this involves an evaluation of the existing occlusion (or bite), followed by an individual assessment of existing teeth and restorations. Treatment usually involves the provision of improved restorations by way of crowns, bridges and veneers. A very important part of prosthodontics is the replacement of missing teeth with either fixed bridgework, implants or even removable dentures. For detailed information on prosthodontics we suggest you visit the American College of Prosthodontics website on www.prosthodontics.org

How much will treatment cost and how long will it take?
This is a difficult question to answer as every case is very different. Treatment with us is customised to each individual patient taking into account each patients’ unique health status, dental needs and overall expectations. Generally a single tooth implant, replacing one tooth, costs less than €3,000 and a full arch replacing a full set of upper or lower teeth on 4 to 8 implants can vary in cost from €11,000 to €22,000. A full arch using a removable denture clipped onto 2 implants (ie. an overdenture) can cost as little as €5,400. Crowns, bridges and veneers vary in cost from €1,000-€1,200 per tooth depending on the materials used. Periodontal therapy varies in cost from €700 to €1,400 for non- surgical therapy and up to €3,000 for surgical therapy in advanced cases.

Treatment time for implants is usually less than 6 months but can extend to one year in complex cases. Crowns, bridges and veneers can be completed generally in a matter of weeks. Periodontal treatment is usually completed in 4-6 weeks depending on the severity of the disease.

Once we have had a chance to evaluate a case, we will ensure that every patient is given an accurate costing and an estimation of the likely length of time required for any proposed treatment plan before commencing any active treatment.

How do I find out more?
Call us directly at our clinic at (091) 720045 for Suite G9 or (091) 569110 for 7b Dock Road

G9, Implant, Prosthetic & Surgical dentistry. Suite 9, Galway Clinic, Doughiska, Co. Galway
Phone: 091 720 045 Fax: 091 720 046 Email: suiteg9@iol.ie