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?

Get a grip!

Dentures can be really wonderful when you first get them fitted. Your dental technician will probably have spent a good amount of time and effort to make sure that your dentures grip your gums and for a while, they will do a pretty good job of allowing you to eat with aplomb and speak clearly. Trouble is, that in Richmond, dentures often become loose way before they actually wear out, and can start sliding around in your mouth.

Dentures in RichmondIt’s not the fault of your dentures, they are just the same size as when they were fitted. It’s because over time your gums will have receded and your jawbone will have shrunk and lost density. Take a selfie of your jaw and then compare it with pictures of yourself before you lost teeth. If you have full dentures, you will probably be able to see that your jawbone has lost some height and your chin is pointier and nearer to the end of your nose than it used to be. This isn’t age. This is resorption.

What is resorption?

Resorption is the technical term for the process by which bone that is no longer in use starts to dissolve itself, returning the nutrients into the bloodstream for use elsewhere in the body. The jawbone starts to resorb when there are no longer any vibrations being transmitted into it via the tooth roots. These are the signals that tell the bone it is still in use, so even if you are chewing away like a good’ un with your dentures and have a fine jaw muscle, the bone will still be dissolving itself. It’s not very fair is it?

Stabilising dentures in Richmond

The good news for denture wearers is that there is a way to stimulate your jawbone to keep it healthy and strong, and to stabilise your dentures. That way is to have special dental implants fitted and to get your dentures customised to fit on top of them.

At Sheen Dental Implants we can carry out this procedure in a day under local anaesthetic. To find out more about how we can use dental implants to improve dentures in Richmond, come in for a consultation.

Are dental implants really worth it?

In these times when only MPs get a decent pay rise, you may be wondering what is really the best way to replace missing teeth. In Richmond, dental implants are still a really good long-term investment, and if you have decade to go before you take your pearly-whites to the pearly gates then they could even be more cost effective than dentures or bridges.

Dental Implants in RichmondAt Sheen Dental Implants, we want everyone to have dental implants in Richmond if their jawbone is up to it. This is the next generation of tooth replacement, but this method of tooth replacement has now been round long enough – 40 years – for it to be way past the experimental stage.

As a result, dental implants can be used to solve all sorts of problems associated with missing teeth. Not only that, but the very nature of how they work means that they are a long-term solution for replacing teeth.

So, if you are in your 40s, and are hoping to be around for another 40 years, then you will be looking for a way of replacing teeth that will last as long as you will. Dental implants are inserted into artificial sockets drilled by our dentist Dr Harmit Kalsi into the jawbone. The implants are made of titanium, which is highly biocompatible and integrate with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Once the two have meshed together, the implant should be there for life, barring advanced gum disease affecting the bone and causing it to fall out.

The crown is made of porcelain, which is also a very durable material. So, if you are diligent about the care of your implants, with regular brushing, flossing and descaling with the dental hygienist, then you should not need to replace the implant.

Also, an implant can hold up to three teeth on a bridge, and we can do a whole arch with four to six of them.

When you compare this with how long dentures and bridges last – somewhere between 7-10 years, and then do the math on prices, you will find that dental implants in Richmond usually come out as the same price or even cheaper than their apparently better value alternatives.

Don’t live without teeth

If you have been losing your teeth, you might have noticed that it’s getting harder to eat and speak clearly. Now could be the time to invest in dentures. In Richmond, at Sheen Dental, we take great pride in providing well-fitting, natural-looking dentures for our patients who have lost a few or all of their teeth.

When you get your dentures in Richmond from us, you will still be able to have a healthy and attractive mouth that functions well with dentures that have a realistic action.

Dentures in RichmondWhy do dentures come loose as the years go by?

Many people find that dentures may start off fitting really well, but that they become loose over time. This is because dentures rely on adhesion to the jawbone to provide stability for chewing and talking. The problem is not with the dentures, but with the nature of the jawbone. Without the stimulation provided by tremors into the bone through the tooth roots, the bone tissue shrinks and loses its density. The gums also recede, and the dentures have far less to cling to.

Solutions

At this juncture, you can either get your dentures relined, or you can get them stabilised before this happens, with dental implants. The implants not only provide a better anchor for your dentures, but they will also fulfil the function of sending tremors into the jawbone to keep it strong and healthy.

Dentures are removable, and can be used to replace one or two missing teeth, or a whole set.

The process of getting dentures

Getting dentures in Richmond starts with us taking a series of impressions or moulds of your gums and jawbone. We then make models of your mouth and then slowly start building the dentures on these models. We try the dentures in your mouth at each step to ensure they fit well, you can bite properly with them, and, of course, that they look like natural teeth. This can take a while, but it is worth the wait. Once you have your dentures, you may need to come back once or twice during the first month to have adjustments made.

It may take a while to get used to eating and talking with dentures in, but it is worth the perseverance.

Do you miss your teeth?

Age is the most obvious cause of missing teeth, but sometimes accidents or illness can be to blame too. If you are struggling with lost teeth then you will know you can experience issues with eating a full diet, speaking normally and feeling comfortable with how you look. Gaps undermine the attractiveness of your smile, and can further compound the problem by causing the face to sag. This is because the lips and cheeks are no longer fully supported from inside as they would be with a full set of teeth. At Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, dental implants have literally changed the lives of many of our patients.

Dental Implants in RichmondWhat happens when I have dental implants in Richmond?

The first stage is a consultation in which we check the state of your mouth to ensure that there are no underlying problems which need to be resolved before we proceed.

The implants are small titanium screws that are fitted into the jaw to replace your tooth roots during a minor surgical procedure. As they heal, the jawbone and blood vessels mesh around them to hold them safely in place. When they are stable, they can be used as a secure base for replacement teeth, which are carefully made to match the tone and shape of any existing teeth for a very natural look. Patients who have had dental implants in Richmond have found that they are an effective long-term solution as they provide a secure, permanent restoration.

Why have dental implants?

When you can use your mouth as normal, you can enjoy your favourite foods again and speak without worrying about how you sound. You will also be able to smile with confidence as your new teeth will be something to be proud of. Patients who have dental implants in Richmond find that not having to worry about dentures coming out, being loose or needing to be cleaned, frees them up to enjoy their life again. Having dental implants in Richmond also strengthens the jaw, as they stimulate the bone in the same way as natural tooth roots. This prevents the shrinkage that can occur in people who wear dentures. With the correct care, they can last for decades.

Still life with dentures

If you are about to have to have all your teeth replaced, you may be wondering how on earth you are going to cope with wearing dentures. In Richmond, many people are finding that a great way to get the most out of their dentures is to have them stabilised with dental implants.

At Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, dentures are kept under control by inserting a small number of mini dental implants through the gum and into the jawbone. Once they have integrated with the jawbone, they are fitted with abutments that hold fittings onto which the dentures can be attached.

Dentures in RichmondThis is a wonderful win-win solution for people who do not wish to invest in replacing all their teeth with dental implants, but wish to receive the benefits that these root replacements offer.

The importance of roots

Having something that replaces the tooth roots gives a firm anchor the likes of which cannot be achieved by relying on adherence to the gums, as normal dentures do.

With no tooth roots in the bone to stimulate the jaw to renew itself, the bone cells do not renew themselves and in fact, they start to resorb, dissolving the bone tissue in order to release the apparently unnecessary nutrients for use elsewhere in the body. As the jawbone shrinks and the gums recede, the dentures become loose and wobbly and no longer reliable for eating and speaking.

This embarrassing situation is easily avoided by using dental implants to stabilise the dentures. In Richmond, at Sheen Dental Implants, we can customise your current dentures to fit your new implants, but if they are getting on a bit and are worn, you may well be better off getting new ones made.

You still treat your dentures the same as normal ones, in that it’s a good idea to take them out, give them a good clean, and soak them overnight. This gives your gums and mouth a rest too, once you have also cleaned them with a soft toothbrush. However, you won’t ever need to use messy dental adhesives again, and will find a much wider range of foods are now eatable.

Developing a thorough care routine for you dentures in Richmond

When you get dentures in Richmond, with Sheen Dental Implants, you will be given lots of care advice. Dentures are used as a tooth replacement method but they are cared for in a different way from natural teeth.

dental-denturesDeveloping a new routine can take a little time, but it is best to decide exactly how and how often you are going to perform the various parts of your routine, and stick to it. This ensures that your denture care becomes integrated into your life. Before you know it, denture care will be as second-nature as brushing your natural teeth.

Take your dentures out to clean them

One of the advantages of having dentures in Richmond is that you can get to all the hard to clean places just by taking them out. When you do so, do not hold them over the sink as, if you drop them, they are likely to break.

Bacteria and food stick to the surface of dentures even more easily than to normal teeth, so ensure that you brush them thoroughly. This helps to prevent one of the major issues facing denture wearers, which is bad breath.

Soak your dentures overnight

Many types of denture are slightly porous. This means that they can absorb particles that are not removed by brushing. They require a thorough soaking at least a few times per week. Many denture wearers choose to do this overnight, as it allows their gums to rest.

If you take your dentures out for any length of time, they need to be kept wet, so this is a good opportunity to clean them.

Don’t neglect your gums

Once you have seen to your dentures, you still need to take care to brush your gums. You can use a soft bristled brush to do this gently and perhaps some mouthwash as well. Even though you may not be able to see any debris, there may be a coating of bacteria on your gums.

Replace your dentures

Even with the best care, it is sometimes best to have your dentures replaced. Your dentist at Sheen Dental can advise you on whether it is time to do this.