I’ve lost all my teeth

If you are suffering from a mouthful of failing or missing teeth, dental implants in Richmond could be a good choice. If you want to restore your smile to its former glory, without the need for dentures, dental implants are generally considered the ‘standard of care’ for teeth replacement.

When a person loses all their teeth, there are no roots left in the jawbone to stimulate bone growth. This means the body believes that the jawbone is no longer necessary and it begins to dissolve away. At Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, we offer various implant options that can help to restore your smile.

Dental implants in RichmondWhat could happen?

The result of your bone dissolving could be varying levels of facial collapse. It can become difficult to wear a denture because there is little bone left to keep it in place.

As well as this, as the bone melts away, facial muscles can pull back from their natural position. Lips can even cave in, as they lose support. This can cause parts of the lower face to shrivel up and will create wrinkles around the mouth. This can make a person look much older than they actually are.

Complete tooth loss and the deterioration of the jaw can even result in significant health problems. These can vary massively, from improper digestion to compromised eating habits, as well as many more issues.

Some studies have indicated that poor oral health can also lead to heart problems. Serious cases of gum disease are associated with a greater risk of developing certain diseases or experiencing certain health issues. This can include increased risk of artery disease, strokes and diabetes. Another problem that can occur is adverse pregnancy outcomes for some women.

If you don’t want to risk any of these problems, dental implants in Richmond could be the answer to your missing teeth issues.

Can dental implants help?

Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or are missing all your teeth, you can easily switch to dental implants in Richmond at Sheen Dental Implants. This can enhance your lifestyle, boost your confidence and immediately improve your quality of life. Dental implants in Richmond are permanent and could last you a lifetime. They look and function just like real teeth, as well as being stable and comfortable.

Can I afford implant retained dentures?

Your implant retained dentures in Richmond, can start from as little as £1,100. Our prices include a personalised assessment as well as the dental implant placement. And as well as this, all our quoted prices are inclusive of VAT. After you have discussed your treatment options with one of our dentists, you will receive a full itemised breakdown of costs.

Here at Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, we accept all major credit and debit cards, bank drafts and cash, but please note that unfortunately we do not accept cheques.

Dentures in RichmondSheen Dental Implants finance options

If the initial expensive of your implant retained dentures in Richmond proves to be unmanageable, don’t worry as we can help you spread the cost with two excellent finance options, available to all our patients.

0% finance

We will give our patients the option to choose to pay for their treatments in 12 equal monthly repayments. If you choose this option, you will benefit from your treatment costs being completely interest free. This option is very popular with our patients for their implant retained dentures in Richmond.

Low interest finance

We are pleased to offer our patients finance options at a very competitive rate of 7.9% APR. You can choose a payment period to suit you, which can spread the cost over one to five years.

Sheen Dental Implants finance is available to UK residents aged 18 and over.

You can decide how much finance and which option suits you best. After you’ve made your decision, all that needs to be done is to complete the form with personal details and return this with proof of signature, such as passport or driving license.

At Sheen Dental Implants, your finance can be approved within as little as one hour, so your dental journey can begin even quicker than you hoped. The finance you require is then paid directly into our bank account and your repayments begin 30 days afterwards.

Our patients can choose to do either part finance or full finance for their treatment plan, however the cost for your implant retained dentures in Richmond must be at least £1000 to qualify for finance.

What are dental implants?

Not so very long ago, if you lost a tooth or two, the only solution was to have a bridge or partial denture made for your mouth to replace the missing teeth. And if for some reason, you lost all your teeth, your only option was to wear dentures.

dental-implants-richmondThese days, technology and advancements in dental restorations have made it so that rather than having removable appliances to replace missing teeth (by removable we mean that the appliance must be taken out for cleaning every night), missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants in Richmond at Sheen Dental Implants.

A dental implant is basically a titanium ‘anchor’ that is surgically implanted into your gums to replace the natural tooth root. A prosthetic tooth is then cemented to the ‘anchor’, thereby negating the need for special removal and cleaning routines. With dental implants, you will gain the ability to treat them as you would your natural teeth.

Can I have dental implants in Richmond?

Some people are better candidates for implants than others. To be a good candidate there are certain requirements you must fulfill. To start with, you must have finished growing and all your adult/permanent teeth have come in. Your jawbone tissue also needs to be as healthy and intact as possible.

Are dental implants expensive?

The benefits of dental implants in Richmond over the long-term far outweigh the initial cost. We always recommend that our patients consider all the pros and cons before undertaking the procedure.

With dental implants, eating will be much easier and feel more natural than with loose dentures that require denture paste to stay in place. It is highly unlikely that your implant will fail and need to be replaced. If an upper or lower denture breaks, the entire arch must be replaced, which will end up costing more overall.

Are there any risks?

Just like any other surgical procedure, there are risks involved that may include bleeding, infection, injury to nerves and implant failure or rejection.

Your dental surgeon at Sheen Dental Implants will discuss all aspects thoroughly before you decide about having dental implants in Richmond.

Bone expansion

Once you have made the decision to undergo dental implants, the next stage is to arrange your first appointment at Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond. Your dentist will fill you in on the benefits that come with dental implants and then they will take a closer look at your mouth, to decide if bone expansion is required.

dental-implants-in-richmondBone expansion is an additional surgery that may need to be carried out for some patients, to lay a stable foundation for your dental implants.

dental implants in Richmond are metal screws that are inserted directly into the jaw. As the bone heals it fuses to the dental implant providing you with a solid foundation to secure your restorative tooth.

Do I need bone expansion?

For some patients, the bone where the implant is to be placed is too narrow or shallow to provide a stable foundation for dental implants.

If you need bone expansion, it must be carried out before the actual implant, since the bone is the foundation and so it must be solid. You won’t be automatically ruled out as a candidate for dental implants if you do not have enough bone structure. You can still undergo dental implants in Richmond, thanks to the new bone expansion techniques.

What happens after?

The bone expansion can take a few months to heal before your dental implants can be placed. After a bone expansion procedure, you will be given antibiotics, pain medicine and antibacterial mouthwash.

You will be asked to avoid certain foods and to avoid putting pressure on the area while it heals. If you wear a denture, you may not be able to wear it for a month or so, while the area has a chance to heal.

The aim of this process is to ensure that you have new and healthy bone tissue that will support the dental implant procedure. You needn’t be worried if you are told that you have to undergo a bone expansion procedure. It is so that your dental implants in Richmond can be successful. It is a safe procedure, that provides predictable and long term results.

Single tooth dental implants

Are you missing a single tooth, or many teeth? Single tooth dental implants in Richmond could be just what you are looking for to improve your smile. For the single tooth implant procedure to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw. The bone must be strong enough to hold and support the dental implant. If there is not enough bone, it is possible for extra bone to be added with a procedure called bone grafting. Natural teeth and supporting tissues near the potential implant site must also be in good health.

Dental Implants in RichmondThe process

The period for completing your single tooth implant and crown depends on many factors. Here at Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, we use a traditional, tried, tested and reliable method of placing your implant.

The time frame for a single tooth dental implants in Richmond is around five months in the lower jaw and six months in the upper jaw. This period includes surgeries, healing time and placing of the permanent crown.

Two procedures are required. There will be three to six months between them. During the first procedure, a tiny incision is made in the gum where the implant will be placed. A hole is drilled in the bone, the implant is placed into the hole in the bone and the incision is stitched closed. After this, a period of healing is required. This is called osseointegration and is fundamental to ensuring the implant successfully fuses with your natural bone, for a long lasting and healthy implant.

At the end of the healing process, a second procedure takes place. It involves making a new incision to expose the dental implant. A healing cap is screwed onto the top of the implant, which encourages the surrounding gum tissue to heal. After around two weeks, the healing cap is removed. The abutment is screwed into the implant and used to support the crown.

Caring for your dental implant

You care for your dental implants in Richmond in the same way you care for your natural teeth. It is very important to brush and floss daily. If you have any problems, see your dentist at Sheen Dental Implants, who will be happy to guide you through any queries you may have.

Multiple teeth dental implants

one for each missing tooth, or by joining two or more implants together. Another option is to use between two and six dental implants to hold in place implant retained dentures in Richmond. The latter option can make implant treatment more affordable if you are missing many teeth.

Replacing back teeth

Retained Dentures in RichmondAt Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, we know that the importance of replacing missing back teeth cannot be over emphasised. These are the large multi-rooted teeth that are designed to do the main work of chewing food. They are your grinding and crunching teeth and provide the most powerful bite of all the teeth.

When your back teeth have been lost, all the chewing workload will get transferred to the single-rooted teeth at the front of your mouth. These front teeth are simply not designed to grind and crunch food in the way your back teeth are. These excess stresses on your front teeth will inevitably cause damage in the long-term to the rest of your teeth. This is another important reason implant retained dentures in Richmond, could be just the option you need.

What about my other teeth?

Over time, the gaps where your teeth used to be will start to be reabsorbed into your jawbone and the gums will also start to recede. In turn, this will cause the remaining surrounding teeth to become loose and potentially fall out in the future. In time, the surrounding teeth will also drift, push and move out of their normal position, which can lead to further complications. You could stop this deterioration with the use of implant retained dentures in Richmond.

How many implants will I need for implant retained dentures?

As little as two dental implants in your lower jaw are proven to significantly help overcome the social and physical limitations experienced by complete denture wearers. With as little as four implants in your upper jaw, you could face the rest of your life without fear of your dentures slipping, or falling out. With implant retained dentures in Richmond, you will feel healthier, happier and free to live your life the way you want.

In profile: Dr Harmit Kalsi, our dental implant surgeon

Dr Kalsi is the clinical director of Sheen Dental in Richmond and is one of the very few dentists to have been awarded the diploma in Implantology from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is dedicated to fitting dental implants in Richmond and he regularly accepts referrals from other dentists.

Dr Kalsi is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a member of the Association of Dental Implantology, member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a member of the British Dental Association. Dr Kalsi is highly decorated and he is Sheen Dental’s leading practitioner for dental implants in Richmond.

Dental Implants in RichmondSame Day Teeth

With just a minimum four dental implants in Richmond, you can have a whole new smile, that is completed in just one day. Same Day Teeth eliminates the need for badly fitting dentures as teeth are fitted immediately onto the implants, removing the temporary stage of the procedure.

Implants are strategically placed in areas of the jaw where bone is denser and stronger. This is because of the need for solid foundations. Your four dental implants can only be used in the lower jaw, whereas at least six dental implants are needed for the upper jaw.

The use of a minimum four dental implants allows the bridge to be fixed and treatment completed in just one day. The bridges used on Same Day Teeth dental implants are extremely durable, with patients able to treat them like natural teeth in a very short amount of time.

The teeth, which are fitted on the day of surgery, will need to be replaced three months later to ensure a more predictable result for your dental implants in Richmond.

Here at the Sheen Dental Implants, we pride ourselves on the quality of care given, which is why we offer free consultations for prospective Same Day Teeth patients. Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions that you might have about your dental implants treatment and to discuss your preference if you require sedation. After we have assessed the current state of your teeth, you may need to receive treatments with the hygienist in preparation for your dental implants.

Implant-retained dentures versus traditional dentures in Richmond

When you think of dentures, you usually imagine a full set of teeth complete with pink gums inside a glass of water on a bedside table. But did you know that there are many different types of prosthetic teeth? For instance, bridges are also known as fixed partial dentures, while it is possible to have a full set of dentures supported by dental implants.

Dentures in RichmondAt Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, we offer a wide variety of implant-supported dentures. Some of them are completely fixed, therefore you do not have to take them in and out. Implant-supported dentures look like your natural teeth and require no special adhesive to stay in place. Here are some reasons why they may be a better option than traditional dentures in Richmond.

Disadvantages of traditional dentures

Besides being famous for causing discomfort and embarrassment while laughing, talking and eating, traditional dentures are not the best tooth replacement option anymore. When you first get dentures, they may cause sore spots in your mouth as they compress the soft tissues. At the same time, you may find it difficult to pronounce certain words or enjoy sticky and hard foods.

Wear and tear make dentures less stable over time, particularly in the lower jaw. This happens because wearing them accelerates bone loss in the jaw, which inevitably follows tooth loss. Although bone loss is invisible, the effects are easy to see. When you lose one or more teeth, the bone is reabsorbed by the body.

Over time, jawbone volume and density decrease significantly, causing your facial characteristics to change. If you are without teeth for long enough, bone loss can cause premature ageing whether you wear your dentures or not.

Implant-supported dentures

If you do not wish to abandon your dentures, but you are looking for a way to make them more stable and improve their function, then you could consider implant-retained dentures in Richmond. This type of denture combines the convenience and affordability of dentures and the stability of dental implants.

Implant-supported dentures look and function like natural teeth and restore your chewing ability. More importantly, dental implants provide the stimulation and support needed to prevent bone loss.

Replace missing teeth: implant-supported dentures in Richmond

Missing teeth can have a negative impact on your smile, your self-confidence and even your health. Luckily today you have more options than ever before. Some people choose to use removable dentures because they are the cheapest option. However, there are a number of problems associated with regular dentures. They become loose after years of wear and they can create problems with eating and speaking.

At Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, dentures are stabilised with dental implants. Dr Harmit Kalsi, our experienced implant dentist, is passionate about the benefits dental implants can provide. Implant-retained dentures offer a more secure alternative to traditional dentures, while also looking and feeling natural.

Dentures in RichmondHow do implant-supported dentures work?

During your initial exam, our dentist will review your medical and dental histories, take X-rays and create impressions of your teeth and gums so that models can be created. These steps will help him determine whether dental implants are suitable for you. In rare cases, a CT scan also may be performed to see how much bone is left and to determine the best locations for the implants in your mouth.

Unlike regular dentures, implant-supported dentures cannot slip off your gums and do not require special adhesive to stay in place. Instead, they are firmly secured in your mouth with dental implants. Most often this form of dentures is placed in the lower jaw, where they tend to be more stable.

The procedure is very simple. Our dentist will surgically fix up to six implants in your jawbone, which will then be left to fuse with the bone for a few weeks. Once the implants are firmly integrated into your jaw, the dentures will be fixed on top of them through a range of different mechanisms.

With bar-retained dentures, a thin metal bar is attached to the implants that have been placed in your jawbone. The bar is fitted with clips for secure wear. Alternatively, ball-retained dentures use metal balls attached to the tops of three or more dental implants.

Implant-retained dentures can be easily removed for cleaning, but if you wish we can attach them permanently to your implants. Contact us today to find out more about implant-supported dentures in Richmond.

Improve your smile with dental implants in Richmond

If you have lost one or more teeth due to accident or disease, your dentist may suggest a couple of different options. Regular bridges and dentures are traditional, affordable tooth replacement methods that will help overcome the discomfort or embarrassment of missing teeth. However, dental implants offer more advantages over other treatments, especially when compared to dentures. Understanding the health benefits of dental implants can help you make the right decision for your smile.

At Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, dental implants are our treatment of choice for replacing missing teeth. Dr Harmit Kalsi, the clinical director of Sheen Dental, is a highly skilled dentist with a passion for implant dentistry. During your consultation appointment, you will get a comprehensive exam, and he will present you with all the suitable options. By answering your questions, he will help you decide if you are a good candidate for dental implants in Richmond.

Dental Implants in RichmondA permanent treatment

Unlike dentures, which have to be removed each day for eating and cleaning, or bridges and crowns that require regular care and replacement every few years, dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth – they can last a lifetime with proper care. Dental implants in Richmond are custom-made to fit you perfectly. Because they are tightly fixed into your Jawbone, you won’t have to worry about loose dentures anymore.

Bone preservation

Dental implants also help to stimulate bone growth in the jawbone. Whereas dentures can speed up bone deterioration, which can lead to a recessed jaw bone, dental implants fuse with the jawbone and encourage new growth, preserving bone health in the long run.

Easy care and maintenance

Dental implants not only replace your teeth roots, but also look and function exactly like your natural teeth. As they are attached to the bone, you don’t need to remove them for eating or cleaning. Instead, you can care for them as you would with your natural teeth, which means brushing and flossing on a daily basis and regular dental check-ups.

Get in touch

In order to determine whether dental implants are your best option for a natural-looking smile, contact Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond today.