Implant options for replacing missing teeth

If you have one or more missing teeth, replacing them is essential for preventing oral health problems. Gaps in your mouth can cause your healthy teeth to start moving, leading to tooth misalignment, bone loss and even further tooth loss. Moreover, missing teeth can severely affect your biting and chewing function. Luckily, there are many ways to address the side-effects of tooth loss and dental implants are one of them.

Dental Implants in RichmondAt Sheen Dental Implants, we are often faced with a situation where one or more teeth need to be removed and replaced. Conventional bridges and dentures can be effective to a certain extent, but only dental implants replace the missing tooth roots. Dental implants in Richmond are strong, sturdy and can last for many years with proper care. More importantly, they look and function just like your real teeth, so you won’t see a difference in your smile.

Dental implants in Richmond come in different types and are very versatile. They can be used to hold a single crown or multi-tooth restorations such as implant-supported bridges and dentures. During your consultation appointment, we will examine your teeth thoroughly, answer all the questions you may have and give you as much information as possible about your treatment options with dental implants in Richmond. Our experienced dentists will then create a customised treatment plan to address your individual needs.

Replacing a single tooth

A gap in your mouth can affect your appearance, but dental implants are here to save the day. Single missing teeth can be easily replaced with a single dental implant and crown. Once the implant is inserted into your jawbone, your dentist will stabilise the crown on top of it with the help of an abutment. This procedure can happen immediately after the operation, if you are eligible for immediate dental implants in Richmond, or a few weeks (or months) after the implant surgery, to allow for proper healing time.

Replacing multiple teeth

If you are missing several teeth or most of your teeth, you can still opt for dental implants. Implant-supported bridges and dentures can support from a few missing teeth to a whole arch.

Do not struggle with ill-fitting dentures in Richmond

Dentures have been around for many years and up to a few decades ago, they were the only option for patients with missing teeth. False teeth have developed in many ways and are now more comfortable and lightweight than ever. However, they still have certain disadvantages, which are hard to ignore.

Dentures in RichmondAt Sheen Dental Implants, we are passionate about dental implants and we have been using them successfully for years. However, we appreciate that not everyone can afford them. For this reason, we offer an innovative tooth replacement method that combines dental implants and dentures in Richmond – denture stabilisation. Just as the name of the treatment suggests, dentures are anchored in place with the help of dental implants. This method is effective, affordable and can prevent bone loss in the long run.

How ill-fitting dentures can affect your oral health

Quite a few denture wearers find that their prosthetic teeth become loose and uncomfortable over time. This is because missing teeth cause the jawbone to gradually deteriorate and shrink. When this happens, dentures become unstable and need to be adjusted. If not adjusted they can cause pain, discomfort, sore spots and inflammation. Adhesive creams will only provide temporary relief and should not be used continuously.

Moreover, regular dentures prevent patients from eating their favourite foods. They even make them feel less comfortable when being in public situations. Last but not least, if not cleaned properly, conventional dentures can cause gum infection.

How can dental implants in Richmond help?

If you have had enough of your dentures, but you do not want to spend a fortune on dental implants, then why not consider implant-supported dentures? In Richmond, dentures supported with dental implants are stable, secure and have the ability to maintain the integrity of your facial characteristics.

Your dentist will install up to four dental implants in your jawbone, upon which your dentures will be securely fastened. Implant-supported dentures are usually removable, meaning that you can take them out during sleep.

However, when in your mouth, they will remain in place no matter what. In some cases, implant-supported dentures can be permanently attached to your gums.

Book your appointment

To learn more about implant-supported dentures in Richmond, contact us today.

The dental implant journey

Starting on the journey of having dental implants can be daunting. In fact, you may feel like not starting at all. Could it be that some other, less satisfactory solution will do?

Dental-Implants-in-RichmondHere at Sheen Dental Implants, we have seen many patients embark on this journey in Richmond. Dental implants simply are fantastic. The patients we treat with this method of tooth replacement are very glad they stuck with it. When you opt for dental implants in Richmond, you can be sure that our team of dentists travelling with you on your journey are experienced and supportive.

Your journey will start with an in-depth consultation. After all, we want to understand what you expect from receiving dental implants in Richmond. Once we know this we can work out the right way to move forward. From then on you will be armed with your treatment plan, a timetable for your journey and a breakdown of costs for the treatment giving you peace of mind and realistic expectations. Whether you would like to replace one, two or even all of your teeth, so long as you have a healthy set of jaws and are over 18, we can help you to achieve wonderful results.

The implant surgery is carried out under local anesthetic, andyes, this is more than sufficient to numb any pain. However, if you are feeling nervous when it comes to treatment, we can give you an intravenous anesthetic.

The reality is that this is a tiring procedure, you will need to allow some recovery time. The next day at least is counted out. Prepare some of your favourite films, snuggly blankets and over-the-counter painkillers for the next 24 hours. You will need to spend a few days eating only liquid food and continuing with the pain relief but before you know it, you’ll be back in to have your beautiful crowns applied to your new implants. These crowns are tailor made to match your teeth. They will look and feel like your own and can last for many long yearsif you look after them with a diligent oral healthcare routine of brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.

Replacement teeth you can love

It’s hard to get excited at the prospect of having false teeth; there have been that many comedy sketches about them popping out and dancing around on the table, but with dentures in Richmond that are secured with dental implants, you may really get to love your new teeth.

If you are thinking about getting dentures in Richmond for the first time, then you may well be having mixed emotions about the whole thing. On the one hand, it would be lovely to have a mouth full of decent-looking teeth again. On the other, teeth that start to slide around or that aren’t strong and stable enough to cope with eating really interesting food may not be such a bonus.

Dentures in RichmondHowever, there is a way to get the best out of your new dentures in Richmond, and that is by getting them stabilised with dental implants. Here at Sheen Dental Implants, we highly recommend this course of action for those of you whom for either financial or jawbone-health reasons cannot just use dental implants.

Why dentures wobble

Dentures are removable false teeth that get their stability by adhering through suction to the gums. Dental technicians usually go to a lot of trouble to make sure the denture fits well, but you will know how much stability suction can give. Ever tried hanging a wet tea towel of a hook that’s got a suction cap on a tiled wall? At their best, dentures give about 25% of the chewing power of natural teeth, even when they fit really well to the gums.

Unfortunately, as soon as there are teeth missing from the jawbone, and it receives no stimulation from tremors in the now-gone tooth roots, the bone starts to dissolve itself, and very quickly shrinks in size. Gums also recede. This means that over time, your dentures will no longer grip the jawbone as before and that’s when the wobbling starts.

Two to four dental implants per jaw can provide the stability your dentures need at a fraction of the price of normal dental implants. We can either customise your current dentures to go on top or make you a set of new ones.

Teeth as modern as you are

Just because you have started to lose your teeth, there’s no reason to sink into premature old age by getting old-fashioned tooth restoration systems. As long as your jawbone is in good shape, and sometimes even if it is not, you can go for the 21st century’s way of replacing teeth: dental implants. In Richmond, at Sheen Dental Implants, we love seeing people hang onto their youthful outlook by getting these modern restorations.

Dental Implants in RichmondDental implants in Richmond can be used to replace just one missing tooth, or several, or even a whole mouthful. It all depends on what is going to work best for you. If, for example, you have a mouthful of failing teeth, you may opt to have them all removed and replaced with a special technique using dental implants called All-on-4.

All-On-4

This is a very clever way of giving you all the teeth you need to eat whatever you like and continue to look fantastic, but without having to pay for loads of implants. It’s the implants, surgery time, surgeon training and expertise, plus the actual implants themselves that push up the cost of having dental implants in Richmond. However, All-on-4 can secure a whole arch of 12 teeth to your upper or lower jaw with as few as four dental implants.

The trick is in the way the dental implants are angled, going in the back of the jaw and then running along it at about 45° so that they spread the load of chewing along the jawbone, and, at the same time, keep it healthy and in a state of cell renewal by sending much needed bone renewing vibrations along the entire jaw.

All-on-4 dental implants can be put in in one session and you leave with temporary teeth already in place, so you never have to go out gummy. After the implants and jawbone have integrated, several weeks later, we attach your final teeth, which are then permanently in place.

All you then have to do is take good care of your implants with diligent brushing and flossing, twice a day at least, and regular trips to the hygienist so that you can avoid gum disease.

A new generation of dentures in Richmond

Dentures get a bad rap: many a comedy sketch has shown them slipping or falling out at an inopportune moment, slurring speech, looking clunky and unreal, or getting stuck trying to a toffee or in an apple. Add this to the need to stick them on with adhesive in the morning, then pop them into a glass on your bedside table at night, and dentures look like high maintenance with not much in return.

However, if you do need to replace your whole set of teeth in Richmond, dentures are the go-to option. Thanks to the wonders of modern dental technology, there is now a way to improve the denture experience.

Dentures in RichmondAt Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, dentures can be stabilised on dental implants to make them more functional. We call these implant-retained dentures and they have many advantages over the removable kind.

How does it work?

Our dentist will place between two and six dental implants into your jaw. After a healing period of up several weeks, your dentures can be fitted onto the implants, holding them securely in place.

The benefits

  • No more adhesives: implant-retained dentures are secured and so don’t need to be glued in with adhesive;
  • Eat whatever you want: no need to avoid crunchy or chewy foods, on implants dentures can handle any food your natural teeth could;
  • No more keeping your teeth by a cup on your bedside – though you can elect to be able to remove your dentures from the implants for cleaning;
  • Laugh, smile and chat with abandon: your implant-retained dentures in Richmond aren’t going to slip out and embarrass you in social situations, or cause you to slur your speech;
  • Get the feel of natural teeth back: patients who have dental implants tell us that they feel as though they have their own teeth again, with all the functionality of natural teeth restored;
  • Improve your oral health: no more rubbing against your gums as dentures can do, causing soreness and irritation;

Improve the overall look of your face: as dental implants mimic tooth roots, they help rebuild density in the jawbone. This restores the structure of the face, which can start to sag once you lose natural teeth.

Once they’re in, they’re in!

It’s a horrid feeling when you lose something important. Ideally, you don’t want to have to go through that feeling repeatedly. You want to hang onto the replacement. However, in these days of built-in obsolescence, it can feel like nothing lasts for more than a few years. Well, not dental implants. In Richmond, these mini miracles of modern dentistry could well last you for the rest of your life.

dental Implant in RichmondAt Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, dental implants are fast becoming our patients’ first choice for tooth restorations. It’s easy to see why. Of all the restoration options on offer, only dental implants may last for the rest of your life and will definitely give you back the full functionality of your teeth.

Both of these important benefits come from the fact that implants replace the tooth from root up to the crown. Neither bridges nor dentures have any way to replace the root. The implant is in fact an artificial root. It will probably last for the rest of your life (providing you take good care of it) because it actually integrates with your jawbone tissue, and becomes an integral part of your body. It can come out if you neglect to take care good enough care of your teeth and allow advanced gum disease to eat into the bone around the implant, causing it to become loose. To avoid this, all you have to do is diligent brushing and flossing and turn up for regular visits to the hygienist.

Having the implant embedded into your jawbone makes the crown able to cope with the forces created by chewing. Dental implants can cope with multi-directional pressures of up to 97kg or 200lbs. This is more than the force created by the average male. This, coupled with the fact that there are no plates over the roof your mouth means that you can eat whatever you like, and get the full flavour of your food.

Dental Implants in Richmond require minor oral surgery for insertion. We carry this out under local anaesthetic, and nervous patients can also have oral or intravenous sedation to help them fully relax during the procedure.

Get the best of both worlds

If you are faced with the prospect of having to replace all your teeth with dentures in Richmond, there’s a good chance you are feeling pretty miserable about it.

Not all that long ago, in the mid-20th century, getting a full set of dentures in Richmond was all the rage. Young people in their 20s and 30s would actually get all their teeth removed so that they could wear dentures for the rest of their lives. It was seen as the modern way to save a fortune on dental expenses. Unfortunately, back then it was not yet known that we need our teeth to stimulate bone cell renewal and that having all your teeth removed quickly results in a pointy-chinned, sunken-faced look.

Dentures in RichmondThus a few generations of people then had to cope with teeth that wobbled around on thin jaws, sliding around instead of staying put, whistling when their owners were trying to talk.

The stimulation the jawbone needs comes from the tiny tremors that go down into it through your tooth roots. No tooth roots, no tremors, no cell renewal. To be honest, it’s worse than that. It’s not that your jawbone sits there, not renewing itself. Oh no. It goes into active resorption of the bone, melting it away to use the nutrients elsewhere in the body. Your lower jaw shrinks and becomes less dense, and there is no longer anything for your dentures to grip onto and they start sliding around in your mouth like you stole them from the bedside of a much bigger person.

In Richmond, dentures may not be able to stop your jawbone from shrinking, but dental implants can, however.

At Sheen Dental Implants, we can put a whole arch of teeth onto between four and eight implants. Or we can stabilise your dentures using between four and six implants.

When we stabilise your dentures, you will still have the false gums covering your own gums. Under the gums there will be either a ball fitting or a bar fitting and this snaps onto the implants. You can take your dentures out to clean them and rest your gums, but they will be much more stable while in.

Dental implants in Richmond: take your pick!

Dental implants are a fantastically versatile method of tooth replacement. You can replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth or all of your teeth. At Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, we offer a full range of implant options, under the leadership of our clinical director Dr Harmit Kalsi.

Dr Kalsi is a highly qualified implant dentist. He is one of the few dentists to have been awarded a diploma in Implantology from the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). He passes on his knowledge by teaching undergraduate and postgraduate dental students, and is also an examiner at the RCS.

Dental Implants in RichmondHarmit’s peers also acknowledge his expertise: other dentists refer patients to him for implant surgery. You really couldn’t put yourself in more capable hands for dental implants in Richmond. Here are your treatment options.

Single tooth

We can replace one tooth root with a single dental implant. This is a tiny titanium screw that is fitted into the jawbone. The bone grows around the implant, which fixes it in place. After a healing period of some weeks, we then fit a replacement crown onto the implant.

Multiple teeth

If you are missing two or three teeth in a row, you can be fitted with an implant-retained bridge. One or two implants are fitted into your jaw, then a bridge – two or three crowns that are fixed together – are secured onto the implants. Unlike with traditional bridges, the surrounding healthy teeth don’t need to be ground down to fix it in place, meaning that you keep more of your natural teeth.

All your teeth

A whole arch or a full set of teeth can be replaced with as little as four dental implants. A bridge or dentures can be fixed onto the implants, securing them in place and giving you back lost functionality. Biting, chewing and speaking are as good as new with implant-stabilised dentures.

Find out more

Drop into the surgery or give us a call today for a free consultation with one of our treatment co-ordinators. They can talk you through treatment options, the implant journey and costs, so you can make an informed decision as to whether dental implants in Richmond are the right treatment for you.

Is it worth getting dental implants?

In Richmond, dental implants have become many people’s first choice for replacement teeth, but if you have never come across them before, you may be wondering why these expensive false teeth are worth the outlay.

At Sheen Dental Implants, we have seen many satisfied customers and heard their feedback about how their lives have been transformed by having dental implants in Richmond.

Dental Implants in RichmondIt’s all about the roots

The big difference between dental implants in Richmond and other kinds of replacement teeth, such as dentures and bridges, is that dental implants replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown.

Only a tooth root can give the stability required to keep teeth stable and able to cope with the powerful multidirectional forces created when we bite into food and chew it. The average male has a chew of about 200lbs or 97kg, which dental implants can easily withstand. Dentures, which rely on suction to the gum for stability, can only cope with about a quarter of this force.

As well as this stability, tooth roots also keep the jawbone strong and healthy by transmitting vibrations into it that tell the bone cells the jawbone is still in use and to keep on renewing itself. When there is no root, the area where it used to be receives no signals and very quickly starts to resorb, losing about a quarter of its size and density in just one year alone. Scary stuff.

Why the cost?

When you invest in dental implants in Richmond, the cost at Sheen Dental Implants starts at £950 for assessment and placement. We know that getting dental implants in Richmond takes quite a whack out of your income or savings, which is why we offer two excellent ways to spread the cost. If you have to pay more than £1,000, you can pay over 12 months, and the payments are interest free. Or, if you want to spread the cost over a year to five years, then you can apply for a loan repayable at 9.9% through Hitachi Capital.

Why not come in for a chat and find out if dental implants are the right treatment for you?