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Dental Implant Process

The reason you are on this page is that you have lost one or more teeth and considering having a dental implant. You might feel frightened with the idea of an implant being placed in your jaw that at some point, you’re contemplating whether to have dental implants or stick with fixed bridge and dentures.

Buckle up as we walk you through the whole process of placing a dental implant to make your worries disappear.

Implant treatment involves several stages within a period of three to nine months. It starts with an initial examination of the mouth and followed by two phases of dental implant surgery. In some cases, where bone support is not enough, a bone graft will be done prior to dental implant surgery.

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— Dr Thomas Munroe
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Initial Examination & Treatment Plan

Initial Consultation

The initial consultation involves examining your mouth, discussing the treatment procedures, taking of radiographs and making models of your upper and lower jaw. The need for a bone graft prior to implant placement will be determined upon checking the radiographs.

A request form to undergo blood tests will also be given to assure that you are in fit to undergo surgery. The dentist will also discuss pre-operative or pre-surgery instructions prior to your first phase appointment.

Pre-Operative Notes

  • Do proper oral hygiene care at home by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
  • Consider using antibacterial mouthwash such as Chlorhexidine.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbows.
  • If you opt to have intravenous sedation, do not eat or drink anything (including water) for at least six hours before your appointment. More importantly, a responsible person must accompany you and take you home on the day of your surgery.


Is it painful?

This is the most asked question of all dental procedures. Discomfort during and after the procedure is anticipated. Local anaesthesia will be given to numb the areas of the surgical site. Highly anxious patients are usually given IV Sedation in conjunction with local anaesthesia to calm them during the procedure. Medications are given to alleviate any discomfort felt after surgical procedures.

First Phase: Implant Placement

Phase 1 of Dental Implant process

Implant placement is a minor surgical procedure that can be done under local anaesthesia. IV sedation can be given by the surgeon if discussed during the initial assessment.

  1. The dentist/surgeon will numb the gums of the surgical site with local anaesthesia.
  2. The jawbone will be exposed by making an incision and retracting the gums away from the bone.
  3. A hole in the jawbone will be made using a specialised surgical drill to create space for the implant.
  4. Subsequently, the implant is placed in the hole using hand instruments. It is placed at the same level as the bone under the gums. Then, a second component (crest module) of the implant will be attached.
  5. The gums are placed back and stitched to secure the tissue.
  6. A provisional or temporary replacement (i.e. stayplate or temporary removable denture) will be provided, especially for a front tooth.
  7. The implant will eventually attach to the bone within three to six months. After that, you will be ready for the second phase.

Osseointegration Period

After some time, the implant will fuse to the bone and is called osseointegration. Osseo– means bone and integration means incorporation. It happens when bone growth happens around the implant.  Osseointegration is a vital part of implant procedure as it will establish the strength and durability of an implant.

Second Phase: The Restorative Phase

Phase 1 of Dental Implant process

Once the implant integrated completely to the bone already, you will be scheduled for another few appointments to place a tooth crown on the implant.

  1. Under local anaesthesia, the dentist/surgeon will reopen the gums through an incision. (If the dentist placed a healing abutment above the gums during the first phase, no further surgery would be necessary to expose the bone again.)
  2. A mould or impression of the teeth will be taken and sent to the laboratory where your crown will be fabricated.
  3. Once the tooth crown is ready (which usually takes a few weeks), another appointment will be scheduled to attach it to the implant.

  • review rating 5  I've attended Milltown Dental Clinic for a number of years.  Over this time I"ve had fillings, veneers and an implant and I am very happy with the results.  I have full confidence in Dr Tom Munroe. He is professional and always puts me as ease and explains each procedure in advance.  The clinic itself is excellent and the staff are very friendly. I highly recommend Milltown Dental Clinic and Implant Centre.

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  • review rating 5  I have had several dental implants and procedures done at Milltown Dental Clinic. As a very nervous patient I found Dr. Munroe put me at ease and explained every step during the procedure. There was very little discomfort. My husband also had dental implants and procedures done at Milltown Dental clinic and he cannot praise Dr. Munroe enough. Staff very friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend Milltown Dental Clinic. Mary Gough.

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  • review rating 5  I’ve been attending Tom for over 10 yrs now after a disastrous experience elsewhere. He has transformed my dental care! He is gentle, thorough, careful & up to date, my crowns & implants look fantastic. I can highly recommend him.

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  • review rating 5  Have a phobia of dentists so have attended VERY unregularly throughout my life.. As a result, when I do, lots needs to get done and I’m a nervous wreck.. Attended Milltown clinic recently for the first time and couldn’t have been happier! Dr Munroe was very understanding and was really good putting me at ease. I had to get a good few fillings done and much needed thorough cleaning. Very happy with the results, and the cost was also very reasonable. I definitely won’t wait another few years for a follow up appointment like I used to do 😉

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  • review rating 5  I’ve been with Tom for over ten years now. Tom is an excellent dentist from my experience. I’ve had two successful implants and am in the process of having my third and fourth done by Tom. He is a very caring, informative and supportive dentist. After care is also excellent. Highly recommended.

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Post-surgery Discomfort

Possible Discomfort?

Unfortunately, most dental surgical procedures are accompanied by some degree of discomfort. For the first 48 hours, you should rest and relax with no physical activity. Minimal bleeding, bruises and swelling are expected after implant surgery. Swelling is the body’s normal reaction to surgery and healing which subsides after a few days. Furthermore, painkillers are prescribed to ease discomfort felt after the procedure.


Hygiene is vital

To prevent infection and promote healing, keep your mouth clean. Practice proper oral hygiene care at home by brushing and flossing after meals and bedtime. Stay on track with your routine dental check-up and cleaning schedule to maintain a healthy mouth.

Milltown Dental Clinic

We pride ourselves on communicating to our patients in a way which is simple and understandable so that patients can be directly involved in their treatment plans and different treatment options we offer.

— Dr Thomas Munroe

Dental Implants Cost

Dental Implant Pricing

  • Implant consultation (X-Rays are €30 if required)
  • Implant surgical post + extraction
    from €890
  • Implant crown and abutment
    from €650
  • Implant – Front tooth Implant + crown
  • Implant – Back/Molar tooth Implant + crown
  • Implants – 3 Implants
    from €3200
  • Implants – 6 Implants
    from €6400
  • Implants – Full lower arch
    from €6000
  • All on 4 Dental Implants – Full Arch

Other Treatments

  • Consultation (X-Rays are €30 if required)
  • Dental Crowns
    from €500
  • Dental Veneers
    from €450
  • Full Denture
    from €500
  • Partial Denture
    from €400
  • EMax cosmetic crowns (front tooth)
    from €650
  • Maryland adhesive bridge
    from €1000
  • Temporary adhesive bridge
  • Full Denture
    from €500
  • Partial Denture
    from €400

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    Dublin 6

    Our State of the art clinic is located in the heart of Dublin, in the Dublin 6 region.  There is ample parking available and the clinic is in a beautiful location.

    For example we are located only 15 minutes from Stephens Green, and 9 minutes from University College Dublin.

  • Opening Times

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      Monday, Wed, Thursday: 8:30 – 5:30
      Tuesday, Friday: 8:30am – 1pm

    Emergency Dental Service

    As stated above, we are open Monday 8.30am-5.30pm, Tuesday 8.30am-1pm, Wednesday 8.30am-5.30pm, Thursday 8.30am-5.30pm, Friday 8.30am-1pm.  Adding to that, if you have a dental emergency, please call our emergency number on 086-8012940
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    Whether you are new to Dublin, just moved to the Dublin 6 area, or have lived here all you life, you are welcome as a new patient at Milltown Dental Clinic.  We offer a wide range of General Dental treatments, and ensure our prices are affordable for everyone with our family and friend referral schemes.  We excel and focus on cosmetic Dental treatments, dental implants especially.  Replacing a missing tooth can change a patients life, giving them a new outlook on life, and their smile back!  Come see us today